Sri Lanka’s troubled tour of Australia has taken another hit with coach Chandika Hathurusingha removed from the team’s selection panel.
Still reeling from a home Test series loss to England and a belting in New Zealand on this trip, Hathurusingha’s removal comes after their loss by an innings and 140 runs to Australia at the Gabba.
Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the move in a statement before the Canberra Test, which starts on Friday.
“Team selection while the team is on tour shall be made by a committee comprising of team manager and captain in consultation with the national selection committee,” the statement read.
“This decision was taken under the instructions of the Ministry of Sports in consideration of the need to form an effective and transparent selection mechanism whilst the team is on tour.”
Batting coach Jon Lewis has also headed home this week for personal reasons to be with his family.
He only replaced Thilan Samaraweera last month, when the 81-Test veteran was sacked.
Reports by ESPNCricinfo also broke on Wednesday that spinner Thisara Perera had written to Sri Lanka Cricket to complain about social media posts made about him by the wife of ODI captain Lasith Malinga.
Sri Lanka are, perhaps, the only nation who can lay claim to having endured a more difficult 12 months than Australia.
The ICC confirmed this week they had received new information in an investigation into corruption in the sport in the country, as a 15-day amnesty on those reporting nears completion. (Courtesy AAP)