Reports from inside sources suggest a significant issue regarding the delay in naming the 15-man squad for the Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe ODI and T20 series scheduled to commence on January 6th.
The selection committee, led by Upul Tharanga, had proposed appointing three captains for ODIs, T20Is, and Tests. However, as of now, the team of 15 players has not been finalized.
The tournament, consisting of three ODIs and three T20 matches, will take place at Colombo R. Premadasa Stadium. Notably, the head coach of the Sri Lankan team, Chris Silverwood, is currently not in the country, and with his contract ending in January, there is no clear decision on selecting a new coach or extending his services.
The lack of a definitive decision on the national coach’s position is reportedly exacerbating the situation, especially considering the continuous struggles of support coaches. The future of Sri Lankan cricket is said to hinge on the decisions of the new selection committee, chaired by Upul Tharanga, the new consultant Sanath Jayasuriya, who joined for a salary of fifty lakhs, and the current consultant Mahela Jayawardene.