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Sports Ministry to advertise for cricket selectors

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By Susil Premalal 

The Department of Sports Development (DSD) has decided to call for nominations through a newspaper advertisement for the 2023 Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee. 

This followed a high-level discussion led by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe with the participation of officials of the National Sports Council and the National Sports Selection Committee (NSSC) on Monday. 

The newspaper notice inviting nominations to the Cricket Selection Committee will be published in the next few days, Amal Edirisooriya, Director General of DSD told the 'Daily Mirror'. 

Since there are issues with regard to cricket selections, NSSC Chairman General Shavendra Silva and NSSC member Sanath Jayasuriya said that henceforth there should be transparency in the appointment of the Cricket Selection Committee. 

Under the previous system, the executive committee nominated 10 names to the Sports Minister out of which five or seven members were appointed to the selection committee. 

In future, anyone who has played cricket can apply to be a member of the Cricket Selection Committee. 

Under the existing system, since members to selection committee were appointed on the basis of being friends with executive committee members, it has been brought to the notice of the Sports Ministry that there was no transparency when it came to national team selections. 

Although the DSD has called for nominations, the interviews will be conducted by a special committee chaired by the Chairman of the NSSC, DSD Director General Amal Edirisuriya added. 

Starting with cricket, the Ministry of Sports hopes to implement this system for other sports as well. 

  Comments - 6

  • Ram Wednesday, 01 February 2023 01:33 AM

    Those who are jobless and after money will apply. The best from the past who can do the job will not apply as they/we all know how politicians try to influence decisions

    RV Wednesday, 01 February 2023 03:49 AM

    Changing selectors without changing SLC will not achieve anything. Thanks to SLC the standard of cricketers has been going down for many years. Increasing the number of First Division Teams to 26, not providing world-class grounds and wickets, spending money for activities unrelated to cricket, and Joyrides for the executives and utter disregard by SLC for players' fitness and discipline are some of the reasons for this pathetic situation. SLC must be dissolved immediately and Election for office bearers must be conducted under a revised constitution by reducing the number of First Division Teams to 8 and banning corrupt rouges from contesting the Election. Then any selection committee can do a fine job.

    Jude Wednesday, 01 February 2023 10:15 AM

    If you look at some of those people, they've being selectors for More than 8-10 years!!! It's very common occurrence in SL that the best team never been selected!! Coz some selectors want their favourites to play regardless of their performances!! In some cases the best performers are left out from the side apparently for no reason!! In my opinion some players should be given 5 or 10 conservative games to evaluate their performance thus it will boost their confidence knowing that they'll be playing next,5 or 10 games!!

    VH Wednesday, 01 February 2023 11:30 AM

    Once a new Selection Committee is established, it must be made an offense punishable by 3 years imprisonment to interfere with the selection process, particularly for Players' Managers, Politicians, and Self Declared Prophets.

    Rondy Friday, 03 February 2023 05:05 PM

    It is good if this becomes a policy for all future team selections including Junior

    Fred Saturday, 04 February 2023 08:55 AM

    The Aussies are passionate about Sport and Cricket, have you talked to them.They seem able to select their best team..Sri Lankans are not good managers.Why not get some Aussie input Maybe there are capable people Can recall a time when the University won the Sara trophy through able leadership and discipline.Of course interference is a big issue today.And the stakes are high, money.Many relevant comments above

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