COLOMBO: Former skipper Aravinda de Silva has been appointed Sri Lanka's chief cricket selector and set the challenge of preparing a team capable of winning a World Cup just nine months away.
"I want another team to win a World Cup," said De Silva, whose unbeaten century against Australia in the 1996 World Cup final brought cricket's most prestigious limited-overs title to Sri Lanka for the first time. "I'll try and work hard and honestly as possible to ensure this task is achieved."
Sports Minister C.B. Ratnayake on Monday announced the new selection panel which also includes former international wicketkeeper and television commentator Ranjith Fernando, former national player Amal Silva and Shabir Asgaraly, a former first-class cricketer.
The 44-year-old De Silva said his immediate challenge will be to develop depth in every position and identify batsmen who can repair and rebuild an innings if the top order fails.
He said rather than experimenting with new players in the national squad, he'd make players work hard for a place by performing for lower tier teams.