Sports Minister Harin Fernando has backed the Sri Lankan squad picked by the SLC’s selection committee for the upcoming World Cup 2019.
The minister said that he believes the team which has been selected has a good balance overall and that the selection committee had made their choices on the basis that nine batsmen including all-rounders are needed if the team is to chase big totals.
Fernando said that the reason why certain big names have been omitted from the final list is due to the fact that current form was taken into consideration when selecting the squad.
“If players who are not in form are selected, even then accusations are leveled. Therefore I think that the selection committee has done the best that they can,” he said.
Sri Lanka Cricket this week announced their World Cup squad for the World Cup 2019, shocking many with their team combination. Dimuth Karunaratne, who played his last ODI match back in 2015 against England, will lead the Sri Lankan side in this year’s World Cup while former skipper Dinesh Chandimal who has been one of the most successful cricketers for Sri Lanka has been left out.