A new band of selectors have been elected and performed one of their
initial duties of picking a squad for the Sri Lankan 'A' team's
tour of England. This is a very important tour as an English experience
is so vital in a players learning process. In my opinion the selectors
have stuck with a lot of known players.
too many players are enjoying the luxury of 'A' team tours and not
progressing in their game. These tours should be geared to produce
players who can go on to make it into the national team or fill
in with success, whenever they are called up or given the break.
It is therefore absolutely necessary to pick players who back themselves
with performance, good current form and have potential to perform
at the highest level, in the thinking of the selectors. This tour
will clash with the national teams tour to Australia. A majority
of players for that sojourn have automatically selected themselves.
The selectors have opted for more experience. They have gambled
on the tour of just two tests. They will have to keep options open
thereafter, to avoid the situation of a number of senior players
finishing around the same time and no quality individuals to fill
are noticeable features in the 'A' team selection. Most of the outstanding
players of the recent under nineteen World Cup tour and home internationals
have been omitted. Obviously the selectors have not seen them and
perhaps not heard of them. They should be given the exposure from
now on or they will fall by the wayside.
the other side of the coin there are at least half-a-dozen in that
squad who have not made use of the opportunities given. They have
been thoroughly inconsistent but somehow manage to find places in
the touring parties. They are the players enjoying the joy ride!
The selectors must be tough and once a lot of players have been
exposed adequately and are not coming up to expectations they must
be sent back to perform in domestic games. Perform and perform to
really prove their value for a recall.
there are as many as seven selectors. In my opinion far too many.
The ideal situation is to have five. From what I gather this is
a compromise between Sri Lanka Cricket and the Ministry of Sports.
No way should that happen. It is a common occurrence, but that only
leads to unsuitable people getting into important positions.
Kaluperuma is the only survivor from the old brigade. He should
have continued as Chairman. There has to be continuity in selection
policies. It doesn't help the players when that does not happen.
Kaluperuma also spends time watching games - a luxury most selectors
cannot afford. (To give of their valuable time) Ashantha de Mel
has done the selectors job before. But can he put in the time required
for this purpose! He had better, because Sri Lanka Cricket is walking
on a tight rope at present and the Chairman has plenty of answers
Arunasiri and Ranjith Madurusinghe have also occupied the selectors
positions in the past. The former spin bowlers, together with veteran
K.M. Nelson will be the ones who matter. In every team or touring
party seventy five to eighty percent of the players pick themselves.
They are good enough to be there.
crucial task of the selectors is to make the correct choice in picking
the rest. That is where Nelson, Madurusinghe and Arunasiri will
play a major role. Pramodhaya Wickramasinghe is the youngest member
and perhaps not ready for the task. It will be an experience for
him and he will have to learn whilst on the job. Shabir Asgerally
was a very attractive opening batsman who was a national poolist.
since retirement some twenty years ago has not had any connection
with the game at the top level. He is a very fine gentlemen, a pious
individual but at this stage not suitable to guide the destinities
of national selection.