|Wednesday, 2 April 2003|
De Alwis quits as cricket selection chairman
Chairman of cricket selectors Guy de Alwis has resigned from his post with effect from March 31, 2003.
De Alwis, a member of the BCCSL interim committee was appointed chairman of the national selection committee by the Sports Minister in June last year. He headed a three-member selection committee which also comprised Roger Wijesuriya and Ranil Abeynaike.
During his tenure as chairman of selectors, De Alwis, a former Sri Lanka Test wicket-keeper and batsman tried to induce new blood into the national team, a move which did not please national captain Sanath Jayasuriya.
It was no secret that both individuals did not meet eye to eye over selections. It ended up with an unhappy Jayasuriya complaining to the Minister that he was not been given the team he wants.
De Alwis was accused of not giving an ear to the other side, but insisting only on choosing his choice of players which led to a conflict of interest between him and the captain. The selection of the team to Sharjah was the last straw. With Abeynaike having resigned from the committee due to other commitments, the selection committee with only De Alwis and Wijesuriya went ahead and picked the squad for Sharjah.
The Sports Minister however, overruled that selection and appointed a further three members expanding the committee to five with De Alwis retaining his position as chairman. This committee made two changes to the side that had already been picked and it was approved by the Sports Minister.
De Alwis was scheduled to chair a meeting with the media on Monday to explain the process of selection for the Sharjah tour, but unfortunately he failed to be present. He was also accused by a Sunday newspaper of burdening the Cricket Board with exhorbitant phone bills made on trips abroad as chairman of selectors. - [S.T.]
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