SLC announced today that the team selection; while the team is on tour shall be made by a Committee comprising of Team Manager and Captain in Consultation with the National Selection Committee.
The majority decision of the Manager; Captain and members of the Selection Committee shall prevail on any selection made thereof.
It has been made to understand that This decision was taken under the instructions of the Ministry of Sports considering the requirement to form an effective and transparent selection mechanism; whilst the team is on tour.
As such, issuing a press release Sri Lanka Cricket said that this directive will come into force with immediate effect.
It has also been reviled that Sri Lanka’s Batting Coach Jon Lewis has requested leave from the SLC to attend a family matter. Accordingly, Lewis will not be with the national team, during the 2nd Test Match vs Australia. However, he is expected to join the team before the commencement of matches in the upcoming South African Tour.
The 2nd Test is scheduled to start on Friday and Sri Lanka has called in right-arm fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne to replace the injured Lahiru Kumara. Dushmantha Chameera has also been ruled out for the Test due to injury.
Kumara suffered a torn hamstring on the second day of the first test in Brisbane, while Chameera has injured his left ankle.
Chamika Karunaratne for the Canberra 2nd Test
Situation being so, form the fast bowling department, Sri Lanka will look to Suranga Lakmal to continue is form on the not so bouncy, flat pitches In Canberra and will also expect new Chamika Karunaratne to show maturity, bowling on Canberra track which is much slower and generally good for spinners as the wickets tend to crack after day 3. Chamika, an Old Royalist ( Royal College Colombo) was the Captain of Sri Lanka U19 team in 2014 and plays 1st class cricket for the Tamil Union Cricket Club in Sri Lanka. Chamika has shown what he is capable of as a fast bowler capturing 3 for 99 at Hambantota during the Sri Lanka ‘A’ Test match vs Ireland, a couple of weeks back and also went on to score an unbeaten century off 106 balls in the 2nd innings of the same Test, showcasing his grit and all-round capability which is a requirement for the Sri Lanka Team, in the absence of Mathews.
Given the conditions in Canberra the young fast bowler may have a tough time adjusting to the conditions though the wicket may be similar to that of his own club pitch. However, Chamika’s attitude to play had on his day, could be a deterrent to the Australians. He is different to that of what has been seen by the home side and as the saying goes ‘ if you want to be a winner, you got to be different ‘ and with a little bit of reverse swing it could be the day for he new Quickly to do the Job for Sri Lanka, on this inaugural Canberra Test at Manuka Oval, starting on Friday.