The lashes of recent defeats of Sri Lanka to India came out as serious setbacks for the selectors. After the defeat in third ODI, the selection committee along with Sanath Jayasuriya, the head panelist, resigned from their designations. The committee will be dismantled after the conclusion of the on-going India tour. The squad for the remaining two ODIs and the T20I are already fixed.
As stated by the Ministry of Sports, Sri Lanka, selection committee comprising of Ranjith Madurasinghe, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha, Eric Upashantha and Sanath Jayasuriya decided to resign. The committee sent a joint signed letter to sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. The ministry also declared, the tenure ends on September 7, as per the resignation letter.
The Sri Lanka team has been facing losses in consecutive matches and series since several months including the Champions Trophy. The team lost to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and South Africa prior to the defeat from India. As a repercussion, there has been an increasing pressure on the selection committee to resign. Jayasuriya has been defending his stance as the selector despite being criticized on several fronts. He is accused of making changes within the team with no proper strategy and vision. To this, the former cricketer defended stating the injuries of Sri Lankan players as the reason of unprecedented changes in the team.
Per a member selector Gurusinha, the decision of resignation was the only resort after defeats of the team. He said, the team is losing so much and the committee had to take the responsibility. Per Gurusinha, the committee had no other choice than to resign. SLC will decide on the next selection committee within three weeks. The new panel will select the squad for Sri Lanka's tour to UAE and Pakistan. The next tours will begin on the last week of September.
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