Sri Lanka’s entire selection panel steps down

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya and his entire selection panel have decided to resign following the side’s dismal performances against India at home.

The panel will officially quit their posts once the remaining two ODIs, to be played on Thursday and Sunday, against India are complete.

Sri Lanka have already lost the five-match series and were also whitewashed by the same opponents in the three-match Test series.

This follow an ODI series loss to Zimbabwe and group stage exit from Champions Trophy in June.

Sri Lanka’s sports ministry said: “Sri Lanka Cricket chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, as well as committee members Ranjith Madurasinghe, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha and Eric Upashantha, have decided to resign.

“A combined letter bearing the names of the above committee has conveyed this decision to sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. According to the letter, their tenure will end on September 7.”

The selection panel has been severely criticised in recent weeks for making to many changes in personnel and not having a clear plan for the future.

A new set of selectors will pick Sri Lanka’s squad for the tour to the UAE and Pakistan in September.