As the Labrooy led selection panel comes to the end of term, Sri Lanka Cricket is keen on appointing a fresh selection committee and former wicket-keeper batsman Brendon Kuruppu will most likely be the replacement.
Graeme Labrooy was appointed chief selector after Jayasuriya’s reign and his term came to an end on May 15, 2018. The Labrooy committee included Gamini Wickramasinghe, Jeryl Woutersz, Sajith Fernando and Asanka Gurusinha.
Newly appointed sports minister Faizer Mustapha was reluctant to let of the Labrooy committee but Sri Lanka Cricket had other ideas. Asanka Gurusingha who was promoted to Chief Cricket Operations Officer at Sri Lanka Cricket will oversee operations at the High-Performance Center and Labrooy will ideally pursue his work as an ICC Match Referee (Asia).
Moreover, Woutersz will most likely take over a managerial role and Sajith Fernando is expected to get back to coaching.
If Kuruppu is appointed, Sri Lanka Cricket may replace the Labrooy committee with Ranjith Madurasinghe, Indika de Saram, Eric Upashantha and Chaminda Mendis.
The new committee will start work, selection the squad for the home series against South Africa in July 2018.
Brendon Kuruppu (1983-1991)
Brendon Kuruppu was only the third batsman to score a hundred on his test debut against New Zealand in 1987. Kuruppu took 777 minutes to get to his hundred, slowest in first-class history.
He represented Sri Lanka in 4 Tests and 54 One Day Internationals over the span of 8 years. Kuruppu also has a double century under his name and he was a fine wicket-keeper.
He worked as a match referee after his retirement.
Kumar Sangakkara’s plea
Kumar Sangakkara who delivered a speech at the Colombo Club urged the ministry to restrict the number of votes at the AGM of Sri Lankan Cricket.
Faizer Mustapha took over as the Minister of Sports after Dayasiri Jayasekara decided to step down in April 2018.
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