Sri Lanka’s selection committee under Sanath Jayasuriya has received an extension of term for six months, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Tuesday (July 4).
Jayasuriya and his five-member team of Romesh Kaluwitharana, Ranjith Madurasinghe, Eric Upashantha and Asanka Gurusinha will stay in the job till December 31, 2017, after their extension was ratified by Dayasiri Jayasekara, the sports minister.
Jayasuriya was first appointed as chairman of the selection committee in January 2013 and performed the role till the end of the World Cup 2015. He was reappointed to the post in April 2016, taking over from Aravinda de Silva, his former Sri Lanka teammate.
Kaluwitharana and Madurasinghe have been a part of the panel since then, while Upashantha has worked under Jayasuriya since the latter’s first term.
Gurusinha, meanwhile, has been added to the selection panel for the first time. The former batsman has been part of the Sri Lankan team management as manager since February this year, and has seen the side go through a disappointing home series against Bangladesh, early exit from the Champions Trophy and a loss to Zimbabwe in a One-Day International in recent times.
Sri Lanka’s next assignment after the ongoing Zimbabwe series is a home clash against India later this month, where the sides will meet for three Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20 International. Sri Lanka are currently locked 1-1 with Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series, which will be followed by a one-off Test in Colombo from July 14.