Asantha De Mel should be removed

Ashantha de Mel

These are the changes we should do very fast. 

Sri Lanka

  • Asantha de mel should not continue as a chief selector 
  • Lasith Malinga should retire from ODI cricket
  • Better form a new team similar to England (350 scoring power hitters)
  • Better remove Dimuth from captaincy

ICC umpiring

  • Better remove “umpires Call ” from DRS

If it is hitting wickets no matter how small the margin is , batsmen should be given out irrespective of the umpires decision


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  1. Agree with all your comments but can you please give us the alternative? Who is going to be our captain? Angelo would be the only answer but he doesn’t want to captain. Chandimal is not a guaranteed a place in the one day squad so he can’t be the captain. That’s the problem we have. As far as Asantha, all the guys with credentials don’t want to work with our cricket board. So we have another problem.
    As far as DRS, I do agree with you that it should need to be addressed, but its not up to our board , it should be upto the advisory committee in ICC.

  2. As mentioned by Lankan Roy, before implementing the proposed changes 2 & 3, the most suitable alternative proposals must be found out. Making changes without having such alternative proposals, will only result in serious damages to the whole cricket system. We should not allow any incompetent hands taking over.

    I think we don’t have to change Asantha. It’s true that there were few questionable selection blunders in the WC squad. In the absence of a chief in Charge of Cricket Matters (or a Cricket Director) what Asantha has done in team selection has to be accepted and we should not forget that the responsibility for the poor performance has to be taken by the selected players. All we need to do is to appoint a Cricket Director who should be a Sri Lankan (must be a past cricketer with good experience in dealing with International cricket community). We have only two candidates for this position. They are none other than Kumar & Mahela. Cricket Director should control every cricket issue like team selections, coaching, player management, country wide cricket tournaments etc.etc. I think Mahela is more suitable for that position.

    I do not agree with Asantha’s comments given with regard to the continuation with Kusal Mendis & Thisara and avoiding Chandimal from the team. Six players who performed poorly in the WC (Kusal M, Thisara, Jeewan, Milinda, Vandersay, & Lakmal) should not be automatic choices for the BD tour this month. Better players have to be introduced to the squad. Dickwella should also be in the mix.

    Dimuth has proved the whole cricket world that he is the right person for the captaincy. Why change him ? Mathews is also out of the equation. Not Chandimal again as the captain, but may be as a player. Even in performance Dimuth has done exceptionally well much better than everyone has expected from him in terms of SR, scoring boundaries, strike rotation as an opening batsman.

    For DRS yes it is do be done. But it’s not a priority issue with SLC .

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