'Continuous changes don't help anybody': Hathurusingha on Sri Lanka selection policy

By Staff Writers | August 25, 2018

Sri Lanka Cricket

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha has expressed his dissatisfaction over what can be best described as haphazard changes made by Sri Lanka's selection panel, which has led to dozens of players being trialled and discarded rapidly over the past two years.

"It brings a lot of insecurity," Hathurusingha told ESPNCricinfo in a recent interview, when asked how inconsistent selections impacted his job and the players. "Continuous changes don't help anybody - not the decision-makers, and not the players. When decision-makers change what they do quickly, that means they don't have conviction in what they were doing."

Hathurusingha agreed that the lack of patience shown by selectors and the decision-makers within SLC had set Sri Lanka back.

"Players were playing with what I call yesterday's mindset. They were worried about what happened in the past rather than what's happening today. All that comes with uncertainty over their roles," Hathurusingha, who was appointed head coach eight months ago and is also a member of the current selection panel, said.

Since taking over from the previous chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya in September 2017, Graeme Labrooy has continued his predecessor's unsystematic selections, and has been responsible for what critics argue are illogical and rapid changes to the team, which several former Sri Lanka captains have also spoken out against.

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A .Ranaweera 's picture

It seems Graham Labrooy does not want change the stupid selection method followed by Sanath Jayasuriya so why don't for the sake cricket, cricketers and for millions of fans CHANGE THE CHIEF SELECTOR. Certain decesion should be taken .If we had proper people at SL Cricket from 2010 to 2018 things would have been different. These political involvement ruining our dear Cricket.

If not for Chandika Hathursinghe lots of things would have gone wrong thanks to him senior cricket team members are performing and the required proper environment is created. God save SL Cricket.

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Yes agreed with Hathu but this is nothing new, we were saying this even before Sanath was the selector. Just give a guy a fair change before changing. We have also pointed out that SL first class cricket is of low standard and it's highly unlikely a chap would fir in straight to international level and needs time to adjust.

If all this is not clear we only have to look at what we have done in the recent past to understand this musical chairs policy is not going to work. Just look at Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya De Silva - dropped at the first hint of loss of form, tried others and back to them. If we just stuck with them, they may have a bit more confidence today. I don't know what we are looking for, it's not like there is some awesome batter ( or bowler) lurking in the wings capable of scoring international hundreds or taking a 5 fer.

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No it doesn't, we know it, they know it, everybody knows it but we keep doing it!

Anonymous's picture

Totally agree 1000% with stormy!!!

Anonymous's picture

This policy Did not, does not and will not applicable for Dinesh Chandimal

He is in all three formats as well as Emerging team 11 Chandimal in

Any practice match Chandimal in

Test Capt i Emerging team?? LOL

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