Mahesh rejects cricket selector post

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahesh Goonatillake has rejected an offer from the cricket board to be a member of the national selection panel, cricket board sources told the Colombo Gazette.

Goonatillake was among those nominated to be in the new selection panel and his name was to be forwarded to the Sports Minister.

However cricket board sources said that Goonatillake had turned down the offer when he was contacted by the board.

ESPN Cricinfo had earlier reported that Sri Lanka Cricket’s executive committee has recommended that the national selection panel be increased to five selectors, including two full-time selectors, when the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage names a new panel at the end of the month.

Sri Lanka’s present panel consists of three part-time selectors, with at least one usually accompanying the team for each series.

SLC had forwarded the names of 11 candidates to the minister, from among whom the new selection panel will be appointed. Sri Lanka’s sports law dictates that the sports minister must appoint the selection panel.

Current selectors, Ashantha de Mel, Don Anurasiri and Hemantha Wickremeratne are all on the SLC’s list, which also includes former players Hashan Tillakaratne and Mahes Goonatilleke.  (Colombo Gazette)