Vinothan John appointed as new Sri Lanka Selector, Asantha De Mel, Chaminda Mendis to remain

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Former Sri Lanka player Vinothan John has been included as one of the selector in in the Sri Lanka national selection committee, Cricket Age reliably learns. Also, Asantha De Mel will continue to chair the selection committee, while Chaminda Mendis will also be remained as his fellow selector.

Accordingly, Brendon Kurruppu and Hemantha Wickramaratne have been removed from the selection committee.

Vinothan, played 6 tests and 45 ODIs for Sri Lanka, has served as national selector in the past as well. A no nonsense person and with first hand ground knowledge of Sri Lanka domestic cricket, he is expected to offer a new dimension to the selection committee.

“For now, the selection committee will consist only three selectors – Asantha De Mel, Chaminda Mendis and Vinothan John, although we will add one more selector in future after the discussion with honorablee Sports Minister Harin Fernando” a senior SLC administrator told Cricket Age.

Asantha De Mel, who too some bold and courageous decisions to bring players like Avishka Fernando in the national team just before the World Cup and also appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as captain for the 50 overs format, will continue as chief selector for Sri Lanka. Under Dimuth Karunaratne captaincy, the team looks united and settled now and have just clean swept Bangladesh 3-0.

Chaminda Mendis has also contributed immensely as national selector in last six months. He was the one who backed new players like Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando and allowed them to cement their places in different formats.

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