Sri Lankan rebel Atapattu slams selectors

Nov 25, 2007 (AFP) – Marvan Atapattu made his final goodbye to Sri Lankan cricket on Sunday with another scathing attack on the selectors he had earlier described as “muppets headed by a joker.” The 37-year-old, who retired from international cricket earlier this month during the Australian tour, left Colombo to play in the rebel Indian Cricket Twenty20 League (ICL), which begins on November 30.

Atapattu, a former Test captain, told local media on Sunday the selection process had to be overhauled.

“The entire process of selection is highly subjective,” Atapattu, who had a running feud with chief selector Asantha de Mel over the past year, was quoted saying.

“An objective selection process needs to be adopted. Personal feelings and vested interests should be set aside and cool judgements made.

“For that to happen, the selection committee should constitute of honourable personalities with cricketing knowledge and administrative ability.

“We presently lack this. The concept today is, ‘Show me the man and I will show you the rules’.”

Atapattu, who finished with 5,502 runs from 90 Tests, was annoyed with the selectors for not playing him in the World Cup, in which Sri L