Ashantha de Mel resigns, new selection committee likely to be appointed

Ashantha de Mel denied taking full responsibility of the team’s debacle as the chief of selectors, citing the reasons for the losses were many

Sri Lanka National Cricket Selection Committee Chairman Ashantha de Mel resigned from his post Wednesday (27) evening.

There was severe criticism from many quarters on Sri Lanka cricket administration as well as the National Selection Committee after Sri Lanka lost their second back-to-back Test series this week.

They lost to England in Galle 2-0 after losing to South Africa away from home early this month, also 2-0.

Either Pramodaya Wickramasinghe or Kapila Wijegunawardene is tipped to be appointed in de Mel’s place, it was learnt Wednesday night.

Meanwhile following a discussion with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday Minister Rajapaksa announced there will be a totally new selection committee to be appointed.

The present National Cricket Selection Committee, which was appointed on 4 December 2020 by Minister Rajapaksa, include the following seven members who are undertaking men’s, women’s, and junior national selections are:

  1. Ashantha De Mel – Chairman
  2. Chaminda Mendis
  3. Pramodya Wickramasinghe
  4. Ranjith Madurasinghe
  5. Ms. Nilmini Gunarathne
  6. Hemantha Devapriya, and
  7. Uvais Karnain