June 8, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket administration Friday made a fresh attempt to dump chief selector Asantha de Mel in a row over the controversial Abu Dhabi one-day series. “I have time till end July to make the final decision,” Lokuge said. “I shall see what I should do then.”
Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge said he had received a list of 10 names of which four are to be picked for the selection panel, but de Mel was not among them.
“I did receive a list sent by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), but Asantha de Mel’s name is not in the list,” Lokuge told AFP.
De Mel and the SLC have been at loggerheads after Sri Lanka’s loss to Pakistan in the Abu Dhabi series.
The chief selector called the series “ridiculous” and slammed the decision to participate immediately after the World Cup.
The SLC in turn took de Mel to task for acting arbitrarily. In late May it sent a list of names without de Mel for Lokuge’s approval.
Lokuge ignored the SLC and extended the services of de Mel and his co-selectors until end of July.
The minister later stipulated that sports bodies must submit 10 names of potential selectors for the final appointment.