Dilhara Lokuhettige never said Mathews had final say in selections and he never blamed Mathews in that video. Some journo asked him about why Mathews did not pick him so he answered. Final word on selections is with Sanath and Thilanga (or at that time Nishantha). Dayasiri, the sports minister, then approves the final squad.
Sanath selected Dimuth to open in the 2015 World Cup over Kusal and Upul! Sanath's selections are terrible and is the reason we could not rebuild after the retirements of Dilshan, Kumar and Mahela and the reason we did so badly in that World Cup!
Totally agree with StatsGuru.
For the past 3 years he has been very inconsistent, but somehow getting selected based on a random performance.
I feel that Sangakkara and Jayawardena will go at the end for the extra money offered for the foreign players to play in Pakistan.
Agree with Suren1998,
We saw many times that mathews stranded without a partner from middle order . When it comes to batting i think Sri Lanka have many alternatives for the top order at the moment .Batting point of view what Sri Lanka really lacks is a proper middle order batsman.All the players what we have experimented in middle order recently are the ones who generally playing at top4 .So may be they struggle when handling the low order since that is not there natural batting position. Asela is a middle order batsman by trade so i think its worth to give him that position which will reduce the burden on mathews.
"I didn't expect him to do so well at the big stage" ha ha what a joke. But he did expect Dumith to Do well on the big stage. I have nothing against Mathews but this shows that he is the culprit of rejecting players from getting into the national side.
This is an another example how he rejected another all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige. I am not going to say whether Lokuhettige deserves a place or not but the worrying thing is Mathews seems to have the final saying in the selections. You may have seen this video but this is what Lokuhettige said about Mathews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_conti...
This is why Shanaka doesn't get much of the opportunities.
why dont you do a poll for not including Avishka Fernando for the A team, He had some brilliant knocks against SA bowlers in SA soil recently. These youngsters are avoided, but proven failures like Dimuth are included.
SL should look beyond Dimuth, Kaushal, Chandimal and Thirimanne. There are lot of hidden talents like Asela.
Why can't Sanath Jayasuriya ask Dimuth too to play club cricket like he asked to Chandimal. Where is the consistent policy ???
Unfortunately one the the prolific / consistent run scorers in in the recently concluded premier league Sadeera even haven't selected for SL A squad.
What a de motivation for that player who is great young batsman over this tried and tested Dimuth