The new selection panel is part of sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage's initiative to improve the country's international standing, particularly in Tests in which Sri Lanka is currently placed a lowly sixth.
Colombo: Sri Lanka have revamped their cricket selection panel with a new team under new chairman, Sanath Jayasuriya, the country's sports ministry announced in Colombo on Monday.
Jayasuriya, a former national captain and a current government parliamentarian, will have Hemantha Wickramaratne, Pramodaya Wickremasinghe, Chaminda Mendis and Eric Upashantha as co-members of the panel.
Wickramaratne, a former ODI player, is the only surviving member from the outgoing panel headed by former Test fast bowler Asantha de Mel.
Wickramasinghe was a member of the 1996 World Cup champion side alongside Jayasuriya.
They both come from the southern town of Matara.
Jayasuriya, whose batting was a key factor to the island nation's victory in 1996, was named the most valuable player of the tournament.
Mendis, who had figured in previous selection panels, was also an ODI player.
Upashantha, who has also appeared in ODIs, makes his selection panel debut.
The new selection panel is part of Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage's initiative to improve the country's international standing, particularly in Tests in which Sri Lanka is currently placed a lowly sixth.
Jayasuriya, who has been a ruling party legislator since 2010, still turns out for his club in domestic competitions.
|Rafael Nadal feeling the chill? Nadal has said that the cold weather in Paris could run his chances of winning the French Open.|
|More IPL-style, now in tennis Mahesh Bhupathi lifted the lid on his plans for an International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).|
|Frenemies and cricket Senior BCCI members are at their wits end as the latest betting controversy surrounding a senior member.|
|At 80, Japanese man becomes oldest to climb Mount Everest Record was previously held by a Nepali climber.|
|Flintoff set for 'big bash' with rugby league stars A capacity crowd of 2,000 is expected at Grappenhall to see their cricket stars.|