New selection committee for SLC

Sri Lanka shook up the domestic cricket scene yesterday by appointing a new panel to choose future players, following the national team's abysmal performance during their current tour of South Africa.

Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage named a four-member panel of selectors headed by Asantha de Mel, a former national player, and gave them one year to put the team in order, his spokesman said.

"The minister made the appointment for a period of one year from Friday (today) and they will be entrusted with selecting the national team and suggesting ways to improve overall performance," the minister's spokesman Harsha Abeykoon said.

He told AFP the minister had powers to appoint the selectors who will now be entrusted with the responsibility of deciding the fate of skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan as well as Australian coach Geoff Marsh.

A local media report said both will be removed. Dilshan is tipped to be replaced by  former captain Mahela Jayewardena while Marsh is also likely to be asked to go, the local Daily Mirror said.

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