Sri Lanka faces cricket selector trouble

Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) – A depleted selection panel picked Sri Lanka’s Twenty-20 World Championships team Thursday following a spate of no-shows and resignations from the committee, sports minister Gamini Lokuge told AFP. “But I have told Sri Lanka Cricket that I have no objection if the selectors are given an allowance and other perks such as official transport”, the minister said. Authorities had wanted five selectors on the panel, but only two were available to pick the team for the 12-nation tournament in South Africa next month.

Lokuge had originally appointed Asantha de Mel, Ranjith Madurasinghe, Don Anurasiri, Ranil Abeynayake and Mahes Goonathilake as selectors for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on July 31.

Abeynayake and Goonathilake declined to take up the job, forcing the sports minister to change his mind and ask a previously sacked selector, Amal Silva, to rejoin the panel.

Silva, who hit a century at Lord’s in 1984, also refused, claiming he felt slighted to be dropped in the first place.

“Amal Silva has resigned and I asked Sri Lanka Cricket to pick the team with the three available members,” Lokuge said.

But with Anurasiri managing the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team in England, only de Mel and Madura