Chairman of the Selection committee Ashantha De Mel addressing the media gathering at SLC auditorium today stated that the upcoming tri series in Bangladesh is an ideal platform to test the younger players. He further went on to mention that Sri Lanka’s explosive opener Tillekaratne Dilshan fully deserved the Vice Captaincy handed over to him for this tour taking in to account his contribution to the team on and off the field.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara also praised the attitute and the contribution of Dilshan and expressed his whole hearted satisfaction at the appointment of Dilshan as his deputy. Commenting further, Sangakkara expressed his ambition to develop the bench strenghth of the team on the road to the World Cup 2011. This will be done by providing experience to the younger players who have performed exceptionally in the recent and forthcoming tours.
Sri Lanka’s national Coach Trevor Bayliss expressed his satisfaction at the selection for the forthcoming tri series and pronounced a sense of excitement with the inclusion of young players for the tournament.
The press briefing was organised by SLC in order to facilitate media personnel to raise questions related to the team selection issues and questions related to the recently concluded Indian tour. Many questions were raised by the present local and international journalists and a comprehensive report on the press conference will be published on this website shortly.
Members of the selection committee Vinodhan John, Don Anurasiri and Chaminda Mendis also participated for the event.