Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (21) announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness & conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo.
Issuing a statement the SLC said that the move comes in the wake of Sri Lanka’s unfortunate exit in the quarter final stage of the Champions Trophy 2017, where they lost to eventual champions Pakistan in a nail-biting game on the 12th of June.
Elaborating on the plans set in motion, Team manager Asanka Gurusinha stated –
“We know how much resource and effort was invested in the team ahead of the CT17, and we now how much effort each and every player made both on and off the field – but we have the face the reality that we were just not good enough on the day, and look to the reasons behind this.
We have had several internal discussions with the coaches, trainers, the selectors, and the players themselves, and we all agree that there is a disparity in our fitness levels. We have incredibly talented cricketers, with the passion and the commitment to fly the flag on high – but they are not quite cricketing athletes, which is where we need to be.
The National Selectors met on Friday (16) and have selected a provisional squad of 30 players – these 30 players will undergo rigorous testing & evaluation this week, and will only make it into the squads for the Zimbabwe and India tours provided they meet the required grading,” Gurusinha said.
The initial testing of the 30 member provisional squad was conducted this morning under the supervision of SLC HP Training & Rehabilitation Manager Nirmalan Thanabalasingham who commented –
“Sri Lanka Cricket High Performance Sports Medicine and Sports Science Department are running a battery of fitness tests encompassing body composition, speed, power and endurance.
We will provide this information to the selectors to help guide their decision making but more importantly give players a plan to improve areas of concern in a realistic time frame,” Mr. Thanabalasingham said.
The Committee which has formulated a strict evaluation criteria is comprised of Chairman National Selection Committee Sanath Jayasuriya, Team Manager Asanka Gurusinha, Chairman SLC Medical Panel Professor Arjuna de Silva, High Performance Manager Simon Willis, Rehabilitation Manager Nirmalan Thanabalasingham and National Trainer Nicholas Lee.
cheers Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:55 AM
very poor show by some of the cricketers who was actually was not fit enough to represent the country.in the champions trophy. I had the highest regard to Thisara and he should not be playing for SL again as enough chances were given and our fielding was atrocious this shows the lack of fitness and preperation
ANTON Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:03 PM
I THINK DAYASIRI'S IDEA IS NOT THAT BAD, (ONE AND ONLY ONE BEST PROPOSAL)
sachith Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:49 PM
This is really a good movement. What about putting same kind of test for ministers. To check their knowledge about the post and duties.
S.H.Moulana Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:17 PM
We should not select players like 'toys made in Taiwan' highly fragile, Let them take Sanga as a role model who is at his late thirties but still like a teen aged boy.Fitness should be number one criteria over anything else. I full endorse the minister's suggestion and should be implemented right away..
Rabbit004 Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:59 PM
Get rid of the coaches who let this standards down.
Upul Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:20 PM
This was a long overdue requirement, and at least good to see that it comes to be effective immediately.
Ami Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:31 PM
On sport ministers selection first priority should be given to non smoking and non alcoholic players. via DM Android App
Sofia Friday, 23 June 2017 09:35 AM
So SLC has admitted its faults in this regard. They are to blame - not the cricketers who play because they are selected by SLC selection committee.
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