De Mel to take charge of Sri Lanka one-day selection

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

LONDON, June 1, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors, Asantha de Mel is to take charge of selection for the one-day series with England later this month when he arrives for the five-match limited overs campaign. De Mel was widely regarded as having played a key role in former captain Sanath Jayasuriya’s decision to reverse his Test retirement.

And his announcement about the one-day series will be seen as undermining the position of Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, the former Australia international.

“I did not insist on (Jayasuriya’s) inclusion as I take over my duties from the one-day series,” de Mel told the BBC on Thursday.

“I recalled him but he was just another option for the management. But from the ODI series the team will be selected by a resident selector rather than the management.”

De Mel also said an independent inquiry should investigate the circumstances of Jayasuriya’s original Test retirement, after suggestions he was forced to quit. “Jayasuriya (should) be allowed to speak,” De Mel stressed. “Otherwise rumours will always be there.”

Jayasuriya, who has been out of action for two months and has not played in England since arriving during the drawn Test series opener at Lord’s, was i