What was the big hurry to name SL squad?
Why did Sri Lanka name its World Cup squad in such a hurry when the
ICC deadline to participating countries to confirm their final 15-member
squads is January 19, 2011? That is the million dollar question asked in
the sports circles for which only the national selectors could give an
answer to justify their controversial act.
Out of all ICC full member states, Sri Lanka was the first country to
name its final 15-member World Cup squad on January 7. What was the big
hurry in naming Sri Lanka's World Cup squad 12 days before the
stipulated deadline? Was that a move to prevent experienced national
cricketers regaining form during the last two weeks before the ICC
deadline so that the selectors could conveniently shut them out?
Sri Lanka Cricket is currently conducting its inter-provincial
limited over tournament. The selectors should have been patient enough
to give prospective Sri Lanka players another chance at this premier one
day tournament before the selections are made. Even the ICC headline
enables the selectors to wait for another two weeks and take the
performances during the inter-provincial tournament into consideration.
If the performances of local cricketers are not considered for World
Cup selections, what is the big idea in having the tournament during
We are confident that the knowledgeable SLC tournament has timed the
inter-provincial tournament with a purpose to serve. But the national
selectors have ignored that fact in showing a big hurry to name the Sri
Lanka squad before anyone else. Even upto yesterday, only three
countries have named their final squads. Apart from Sri Lanka, only
minnows Zimbabwe and the Netherlands have named their final squads.
Most fancied teams are making a careful study until the last minute
to name their best teams on form. Even Zimbabwe named its final squad
five days after Sri Lanka and no other Test nation has named squads
until today. Quite rightly, Australia is planning to name its squad on
January 19, after evaluating even the last minute performances of their
players in the current series against England.
That leaves room for reasonable doubt on the conduct of the national
selection committee and their undue hurry to name the Sri Lanka squad. .
It is up to the dynamic Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage
to have a closer look and make his own investigation. The Minister must
make a careful study so that Sri Lanka could field the best team on