The national volleyball selectors has named an 18 member men and women national pools from the second trial conducted on June 20 and 21. For this the already selected 30 members of both categories attended.
The most surprising omission from the list is Pradeep Fernando, the experienced high attacker aged 24, who played exceptionally at the 11 SAG held in Bangladesh. Pradeep Fernando displayed outstanding volleyball skills in this tournament and almost single-handedly brought down the mighty Indians. Sri Lanka narrowly lost the match and analysts were of the view that, if other Lankan players offered some assistance to Pradeep, Sri Lanka would have won the game.
The other notable omission is Hiranya Kesala who was selected the most outstanding schools volleyball player in 2010. Kesala represents Senanayake Central College Chilaw and displayed his skills at the Munchee National volleyball Championship in 2011.
In the womens pool, the promising Libero player, HAD Sanjeewani continues to be ignored by the selectors and this time they have dropped Nadeeka Athukorala who played exceptionally at the finals of the National Volleyball Championship held recently.