Sanath Jayasuriya returns as Sri Lanka chief selector

Posted on 27 April 2016 by admin



Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced the return of Sanath Jayasuriya as the chief selector, a little more than a year since he stepped down from the post.


The new selection committee will start its operation on May 1 and will serve for two-year term. The four-member panel comprises wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, former offspinner Ranjith Madurasinghe and former fast bowler Eric Upashantha, besides Jayasuriya.

Kaluwitharana, who formed the destructive opening partnership with Jayasuriya in the 1996 World Cup victory, was Sri Lanka 'A' team coach for a number of years, while Madurasinghe, a Test player in the 80s, has served before on the panel, and Upashantha was a member of the national team in the late 90s. The previous selection panel was headed by Aravinda de Silva.

SLC had asked for reinstating Jayasuriya as chief selector for several weeks, but was awaiting the Sports Minister's approval. The new committee was formed as soon as SLC got the green signal from the Sports Ministry.

Jayasuriya had earlier held the post from January 2013 to March 2015. (PTI)

Sri Lanka names 17 players for England: Two uncapped all-rounders in Test squad


Dhananjaya  de Silva  and Dasun  Shanaka


Two uncapped all-rounders were named in Sri Lanka’s 17-member Test squad picked for the tour of England yesterday.

Dhananjaya de Silva a right-hand bat and off-break bowler and Dasun Shanaka, right-hand bat and right-arm medium bowler both aged 24 are the two newcomers to the Test side.

They have both appeared for Sri Lanka in T20 internationals – De Silva in 2 and Shanaka in 10 that includes the recently concluded World T20 in India.

The team lacks experience in batting which will be severely tested in English conditions with skipper Angelo Mathews with 56 Test caps as the most experienced batter. The rest have not played more than 25 Tests.

Sri Lanka who are undergoing are period of transition are due to play a series of three Tests, the first two up in the north of England at Leeds and at Durham where the temperatures can be cold and clammy and the conditions suited for swing and seam bowling. The third and final Test will be played at Lord’s London.

Sri Lanka has named five fast-medium bowlers headed by experienced Dhammika Prasad in their bowling unit which sees the return of Shaminda Eranga who hasn’t played for his country since January 2015 due to a series of injuries that has affected his career.

The two spinners who make up the bowling unit are Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera. There is no place for promising young leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.

The national selectors have named Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva and Kusal Mendis as openers. Silva gains selection after recovering from a blow on the back of his head in a practice match played at Pallekele.

Vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal will be the first choice wicket-keeper with Niroshan Dickwella as his deputy.

The middle order will be manned by Lahiru Thirimanne, Chandimal, Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana and looks pretty insecure in the absence of retired legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

Tamil Union who emerged Premier league champions for 2015-16 contribute four players to the Test squad – all bowlers.

The team is due to leave for England on May 4 and play two warm-up first-class matches against Essex and Leicestershire before commencing the Test series against England at Leeds on May 19.

Sri Lanka won a Test series for the first time in England (1-0) on their last tour in 2014. 



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Sri Lanka Cricket: Charith Senanayaka & Sanath Jayasuriya back

Posted on 13 April 2016 by admin

Sri Lanka Cricket SignFormer Sri Lanka cricketer Charith Senanayake has been appointed manager of the Sri Lanka cricket team for the tour to England starting next month and for the home series against Australia beginning in July.

Senanayake was sacked as manager of the team in February 2013 and replaced by Michael de Zoysa following indifference with the then SLC hierarachy.

A former opening bat Senanayake 53, played three Tests against New Zealand on the 1991 tour, and seven ODIs in 1990 and 1991 with moderate success. A marketing expert he also served SLC as Head of Marketing for three years from 2008.

New post for Aravinda de Silva

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and chairman of selectors Aravinda de Silva has been offered a new post as Advisor Cricket Affairs to SLC. Announcing the appointment SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said that De Silva had expressed his inability to continue as a selector because of his private business, but would serve in the capacity of an advisor.

Sanath Jayasuriya new chairman of selectors

Sumathipala also stated that SLC had requested Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera to appoint former Sri Lanka captain turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya as the new chairman of selectors from May 1.

Sumathipala said that until the new selection committee is announced Jayasuriya would sit with the current committee headed by De Silva and chose the team to England. – [ST] 

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Sri Lanka Cricket Administration – Our Perspective!

Posted on 26 January 2013 by admin

Amidst much fanfare that cricketer turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya might be ushered in as Chairman of the Panel of Selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket, The Times of Sri Lanka takes the position that this is not a good move at the present time. Why, you may ask? Reasons are many and well grounded. Sanath Jayasuriya is acclaimed as one of the best batsman to have ever played the game of cricket in the world. He is a superstar, and earned the right to be called thus. He made one cardinal mistake along the line. Having helped Sri Lanka win the '96 World Cup and many other tournaments with the mighty Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, England, New Zealand opposition – Sanath Jayasuriya became a politician while he was part of the Sri Lanka pool. This is where he started taking the wrong bend. He did not stop at that. When the Sri Lanka selectors dropped him from the national side, he used his personal influence with politicians and forced himself back into the team much to the displeasure of the team captain and players. He did this once, and continued doing it time and again. Each time, he got what he wanted and no one could do anything about it.

With this sordid background which went on until very recently, Jayasuriya has once again lobbied and about to be appointed Chairman, Panel of Selectors. It is likely he will get his wish again. But is this right? This is the big question and TSL is of opinion that it is too premature for Sanath Jayasuriya to be appointed to head the panel of selectors as most of his team mates are still playing in the national side.

It is interesting that skipper of the winning World Cup team, Arjuna Ranatunga has also made similar remarks. Published below is an article that appeared in one of the Sri Lanka's online media publications.

Appointing Sana would be an issue – Arjuna

He doesn't consider Mr. Sanath Jayasooriya’s appointment as the head of the cricket selection committee as an error but getting appointed to such a post in a very short time would cause problems later says Arjuna Ranatunga.

He said getting appointed to the post is an issue as Mr. Sanath Jayasooriya has not announced his retirement yet.

Arjuna Ranatunga expressed these views regarding the appointment of the new head of cricket selection committee. He said experienced and accomplished cricket players are reluctant to join the select committee due to political interference in the cricket sector.

Parliamentarian Santh Jayasooriya was appointed yesterday (25th) as the head of the cricket selection committee with the approval of the Minister. The term of the selection committee presided by Mr. Ashanthe de Mel ended on 31st December.

Meanwhile, renowned cricket commentator Haritha Perera has said Sanath Jayasooriya would be able to carry out his duties efficiently only if he doesn’t consider his appointment as a political appointment.


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Qbaa – a fine dining restaurant opens at No.2, De Fonseka Place, Colombo 5

Posted on 18 October 2012 by admin


Whether playing his trademark cut shot over point, bowling his slow left-arm spin or grooving to eastern beats, Sri Lanka’s ace cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, has a knack for adding a magic touch to whatever he does. This time around the Master Blaster has taken guard for a different innings – one of the culinary kind. Jayasuriya launched “Qbaa” – a fine dining restaurant in Colombo 5 while T20 excitement was at fever pitch. Located at No 2, De Fonseka Place, Colombo 5, the restaurant has a relaxed ambience.

Suzie Illangakoon, one of the four partners of Qbaa and a long-time friend of Sanath’s believed that he would be genuinely interested in starting up the venture. The four partners are Suzie, Shamendra Tilakasiri, Roger Perera, and Sanath himself.

“The idea of the restaurant actually popped up in April, and we really had to make haste to get things ready by October as we had the T20 World Cup at the back of our minds,” Suzie adds. “There was no compromising regardless of the limited time, as people look into the finer points.”

“Qbaa – is quite the eccentric name, but unfortunately there’s no story behind it,” laughs Suzie, “Q – all about quality.”

The restaurant had its opening on Friday, October 5 and Sanath was present to greet guests as they walked in. Cricketers, officials, ministers and other top brass made their appearances as the night evolved. Lasith Malinga was one of the first to arrive (joking that he’d been fielding all day), followed by mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis. The cricketers paid little notice to the West Indies vs Australia semi-final that was being screened at the bar, as if they already knew who they were going up against.

The late night breeze rustles a few leaves fallen on the tranquil rooftop – the perfect place for a cosy chat or striking that business deal. The restaurant is in itself built to cater to people looking for a relaxing evening after a long day at work. Simplicity is the overall theme of the interiors, designed by Architect Murad Ismail. The dining area leads to a wine cellar that boasts a range of fine wine imported from France, while a community table concept is brought into play where people can taste wine around the table.

The spacious bar boasts live performances by jazz artist Keithan Carter, who’ll keep the groove going four days a week.

Angelo Mathews and Dilshan look a bit tense before the impending finals, but even so cannot resist swaying to Keithen’s tunes, while Kumar Sangakkara has a minute and a half to spare for everyone who greets him. We grab the tiniest window available to speak to Jayasuriya. “This is a new experience for me, but I know I can take on the challenge of being an entrepreneur,” he says. “This is also like cricket, it’s a team game, yes, I have the support of all the partners,” he says before hurrying off to greet Jeevan Mendis with the heartiest hug of the night.

“What sets Qbaa apart from many other fine-dining restaurants is that it has an indoor dining court, a rooftop lounge, wine cellar and pub all in one,” M. Mohan Raj, the General Manager at Qbaa told the Sunday Times. Having extensive knowledge in fine-dining having been at The Caviar House in Geneva, Sheraton Atlantic as well as 5 star hotels in Colombo, Mohan believes that he will continue the high standards at Qbaa. “We also pay special attention to the finer points – we even get our rock salt especially from Tasmania, and we make sure to serve the irresistibly juicy pink salmon on a black plate for contrast. These are the little details that go the distance in fine-dining.”

The cuisine at Qbaa is essentially continental and fusion, while there is a special grill set up each day of the week. “We serve the catch of the day which is brought down straight to us, while the meats and salmon are imported from Europe,” says Mohan. The main chefs manning the kitchen are Sous Chef Darrrel Smith and Kosala Silva. The dishes of the day are roast beef delicacies, with prawn souffl�, smoked salmon wrap and chicken liver mousse garnished with fresh herbs. “We also plan on serving caviar in the near future,” adds Mohan.

Meanwhile the cricketers have congregated at presumably the most enchanting area of the restaurant – the moonlit rooftop. Voluble chit-chat ensues, but they make sure to keep cricket out of it. Seems the stage is set for many more encounters off the field.

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