De Mel reappointed Sri Lanka chief selector

Asantha De Mel

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP)—Former test bowler Ashantha de Mel was reappointed as Sri Lanka’s chief selector on Thursday, 19 months after he was sacked amid accusations of inefficiency, favoritism and political bias.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage also named former internationals Amal Silva, Hemantha Wickramaratne and Don Anurasiri as members of the panel, the ministry said in a statement.

The previous selection committee headed by former captain and administrator Duleep Mendis resigned.

A former sports minister sacked de Mel in May 2010, just nine months before a World Cup to enable a new selection committee under former star Aravinda de Silva to build a team for the tournament. Sri Lanka reached the final and lost to India.

The Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Thursday that also in line to lose their jobs were captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and Australian coach Geoff Marsh, who took up his position just over three months ago. His two-year contract is due to expire in September 2013.

Sri Lanka is in South Africa, where it lost the test series 2-1 and trails in the one-day series 3-0.


Source: Associated Press