Sri Lanka Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has called legendary Sanath Jayasuriya led Technical Committee for a meeting today, Cricket Age reliably learns.
Last month, Ranasinghe appointed a technical committee headed by Jayasuriya to probe the reasons behind national team’s failure to win direct qualification for the ODI World Cup to be held in India later this year.
Sri Lanka, twice finalists in addition to the 1996 win, has played every World Cup since 1975. This will be the first time they will be playing in a qualifying round.
“Meeting is scheduled at 4 PM today. The committee has advised honorable Minister to ask Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for a comprehensive stratgey to emerge victorious in qualifying round and advance to the main tournament” a ministry source told Cricket Age.
Sri Lanka will now play in the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe between June 18 and July 9. There are only two places for the qualifying teams in the final round. Sri Lanka will be fighting for a slot alongside Zimbabwe and West Indies and also with either South Africa or Ireland.