Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha has not had much say in selection decisions in Sri Lanka as the sports laws in the country prevent him from doing so. @ AFP

Following a massive innings and 40-run defeat in the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, Sri Lanka have removed coach Chandika Hathurusingha from his position as selector-on-tour after a new directive was issued by Sri Lanka Cricket.

According to the directive, all selection matters on tour will be taken by a committee comprising of team manager and captain in consultation with the national selection committee.

“The team on tour shall be made by a committee comprising of team manager and captain in consultation with the national selection committee,” SLC stated in a media release. (ALSO READ: Thisara Perera writes to SLC owing differences with Lasith Malinga)

“The majority decision of the manager, captain and members of the selection committee shall prevail on any selection made thereof.”

Hathurusingha, who has served as a coach of Bangladesh, has not had much say in selection decisions in Sri Lanka as the sports laws in the country prevent him from doing so. However, he was asked to take charge of selection matters when Sri Lank were on tour, that clearly has been taken away from him.

Sri Lanka next play Australia in the second and final Test at the Manuka Oval in Canberra which begins on Friday.