Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee chairman Ashantha de Mel has stepped down from his role as Sri Lanka Cricket Board’s chief selector. He cited personal reasons for his decision.
He had held the position since 2018. Ashantha de Mel also resigned as the team manager a while back. He held the position since the same year took up the role of the chief selector. He clarified that the thought of stepping down from the role has been crossing his mind for quite some time.
“I was planning to resign from both anyway, so I was waiting for the second Test [against England] to be over,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Ashantha de Mel as saying.
“With the manager’s role, they needed the next manager to get visas ready for an upcoming tour. So I announced that earlier. I feel now it’s time for me to move on. It’s been two years.”
He announced his resignation following a 2-0 loss of Sri Lanka against England in the recently concluded Test series between the two teams.
After Ashantha de Mel quit serving as the team manager, the Sri Lanka cricket board announced that Jerome Jayaratne, who served as the interim head coach of the team between 2015 and 2016, will take up the position.
“We respect Ashantha’s decision and thank him for the services he rendered to Sri Lanka Cricket during his tenure as the Chairman of the Cricket Selection Committee,” Mr Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket said in an official statement.