Jayasuriya set to return as chairman of SL selection committee

Sanath Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka captain and opener, is set to return to assume his role as the chairman of selectors for Sri Lanka, taking over from Aravinda de Silva, who had signed up for two months ahead of the World T20.

Sanath Jayasuriya previously served as the chairman of selectors from January 2013 to March 2015.   -  H. Vibhu

Sanath Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka captain and opener, is set to return to assume his role as the chairman of selectors for Sri Lanka, taking over from Aravinda de Silva. Ahead of Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 assignment, de Silva had signed up to perform these duties in an arrangement for two months.

“In wanting to take Sri Lankan cricket to a new path, we have put some changes in place,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “As such, we are expecting to appoint Sanath Jayasuriya as the new chairman of selectors.” The decision awaits an approval from the sports ministry of the country before any formal announcement is made.

Former wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana and former offspinner Ranjith Madurasingha are also likely to be part of the committee, according to SLC vice president Mohan de Silva.

World T20 winning tenure

Jayasuriya previously held the post from January 2013 to March 2015. During that period, Sri Lanka won a World T20 in Bangladesh in 2014 and a Test series in England, before suffering a quarterfinal exit at the 2015 World Cup.

This year, Sri Lanka is scheduled to tour England in May and June for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20, besides playing Ireland in two separate ODIs. It will host Australia in July and August for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is, and travel to South Africa at the end of the year for three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is.