Colombo - Sri
Lanka's cricket selectors resigned en masse on Tuesday, days after fans
hurled abuse and projectiles at the beleaguered national side as they
suffered another humiliating thrashing on home soil.
The five selectors, led by former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya, handed a
joint letter of resignation to Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, a
ministry official told AFP.
The announcement comes midway through India's five-match one-day
international tour in Sri Lanka, a series the hosts conceded on Sunday with
a third straight loss.
Fans, tired of thumping losses, leadership changes and mismanagement,
booed the home side and lobbed bottles as they approached inevitable
defeat at Pallekele.
Play was held up for about half an hour, after which India recorded a six-wicket win.
"The selection panel felt they should step down, allowing the board
to appoint a fresh set of selectors in view of the criticism and the
crowd reaction on Sunday," a source close to Jayasuriya told AFP.
The ODI series loss came hard on the heels of India's three-Test series whitewash over Sri Lanka on home soil.
Selectors have borne a fair share of recent criticism, with Sri
Lanka's World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga accusing the panel of
The latest losses only compounded the misery for the national side,
which suffered a humiliating ODI home series defeat against
bottom-ranked Zimbabwe and bowed out early from the Champions Trophy in
They have also been beset by injury, with batsman Dinesh Chandimal
ruled out of the remaining ODIs with a thumb injury and Chamara
Kapugedera also likely to miss the matches.
Sri Lanka will play the remaining two ODI matches against India this
Thursday and Sunday, and a one-off Twenty20 match against the visitors
on September 6.