Jayawardena critical of former chief selector Jayasuriya's selections

By Staff Writers | January 18, 2018

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Mahela Jayawardena has referred to Sri Lanka team selections made by the panel headed by Sanath Jayasuriya as "ordinary" and said it was hard to blame the players for poor performances over the past two years under the circumstances.

Jayasuriya resigned as chief selector for the second time in a span of 24 months after protests by Sri Lankan cricket fans in August and criticism from former players over his panel's constant changes, often after every match.

"It's been tough for the boys in the last two years but can't blame them because the selection process has been pretty ordinary [...] Having 42 cricketers in a 16-month period doesn't provide any consistency to a team," Jayawardena told The National in a recent interview.

Jayawardena called for the selectors to show more patience and "select a core group of 15-20 players, and they should be the ones going for the next World Cup in 2019."

Since taking over from Jayasuriya in September, the new chairman of the selection panel Graeme Labrooy too has been criticised for the lack of continuity offered to players, the odd omissions of crucial players in squads named, and for the numerous changes to the batting line up already made in his brief stint as the chief selector.

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Wicky's picture

Sanath Jayasuriya destroyed the future of our cricket!!! This mess we are currently in is because of him and Nishantha Ranatunga. Then Thilanga Sumathipala (current SLC President) and Mohan de Silva (SLC Secretary and now SLC VP) are the next to bear responsibility for allowing Jayasuriya back for his second stint and destroying our much beloved sport!!!!

Anonymous's picture

Selection committee and coach should show high level of integrity without any personal attachment to a single player (or their lobbyist) but only basis of skills, current form, fitness and ability to be a team player. Well, then has to make the selection committee out of clay. Apparently, appealing personality and social ties or office politics are the primary criteria for key player selection during nose dive. Again Pothas, the interim coach should have promoted to be assistant coach. His presence gives some pressure for players to speak queen's language. Unfortunately, some talented players are not suitable to lead due to poor command of English. Leader is an ambassador to represent SL and should be able to communicate adequately in both languages. School Principals are totally responsible for not training their star students.

Anonymous's picture

First of all people who appointed a fool like Sanath Jayasooriya as the chief selector must be lashed. now same thing happening with another foolish Joker Labroy. first of all Gurusingha, Sumathiya, sajith Fernando, Mohan, Mathiwadan, Shammi must be sent home along with Labroy if the srilankan cricket is to be developed to it's previous glory. otherwise no future for the srilankan cricket. this is the end of srilankan cricket. in the recent past Dyasiri gave a big talk saying that he does not hesitate to dissolve the cricket board if it does not do the needful. but even after Mahela, Sanga and Aravind submitting the report no action has been taken to streamline the srilankan cricket means Dayasiri is Scared of Thilanga. now srilankan cricket is in the Tomb fans have ti cheer for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afganista. srilankan cricket has been buried by corrupt opportunistic politician.

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Sri Lanka do not have any quality ODI spinners in the team, after the bans imposed on Sachithra Senanayke and Tharindu Kaushal by ICC. It is the main reason for decline of SL odi cricket imo. I wonder what Mahela has to say about ICC's double standards when it comes to imposing bans on players from different countries? Mahela has also forgotten how Sri Lanka did well when we had class cricketers under the selection panel of Sanath. SL won the Asia cup, WT2O, England full series and Australia tests (white-wash) when Sanath was the chief selector.

This statement from Mahela is not a surprise as Mahela always has been jealous with Matara boy Sanath who is a thorn in the eye for him. We can still remember how Mahela tried do end Sanath's cricket career prematurely in 2006 when Sanath went out of form for few matches. But Sanath answered his critics and then captain Mahela who has dropped him from the team by scoring match winning hundreds in Australia, England, New Zealand and in 2007 CWC. More importantly Sanath never blamed Mahele for dropping him. That is the class of the man who safeguarded Mahela who has not performed well under Sana's captaincy in 2002/03 period and specially in 2003 CWC.

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Hard to disagree with Mahela. Even Sangakkara criticised selections made by Sanath's panel. Don't forget Sanath was a minister when he was also a paid full time selector! And he included Rambukwella, a fellow minister's son, in the Sri Lanka squad!!! Sanath was acting like a fan not a selector. It became so easy for players to get that Sri Lanka cap, Sanath was picking players randomly.

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@ Short-Leg: Sanath's policy of offering opportunities to young cricketers to play international matches has paid dividends for SL not only when he was a selector but also when he was the skipper. Cricketers like Sangakkara, Dilshan and Herath who made debuts during his captaincy went on to become legends of the game. Even in his last tenure as the chief selector he gave opportunities some of Sl's brightest prospects such as Sandakan, Dhananjaya de Silva and Asela Gunaratne. So his decision to give Ramith Rambukwella (who has done well with the ball at club level and Royal College) two T20 internationals should not be considered as a crime.

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Big Sam, your comment defending Sanath is like propaganda. A lot of spin to make Sanath look good. If Sanath is so good why did he have to resign twice? He messed up Sri Lankan cricket big time!!!

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@ Short-Leg: No one can be the chief selector forever. As I have said earlier we won some very important series such as the WT20 and Australian test series during his two tenures. He is not the one who has the responsibility to perform at the middle. It is the players who has the responsibility. Current crop of SL payers are well below their predecessors when it comes to dedication and natural talent.

To me, the ones who messed up SL cricket are the seniors who brought payer managers like Charlie Austin in to Sri Lankan cricket team. Even when Sanath resigned for the second time he made a great favour to Sri Lankan cricket by appointing Dinesh Chandimal as the test captain. At-least SL now have a test skipper who is a lucky person and more importantly a player who is not struggling with frequent injuries.

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