Asantha De Mel has decided to submit his resignation as the Chairman of National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, The Papare learns. He was serving as the Chief Selector for his third stint since November 2018.
Following a disastrous 2-nil loss against England in Galle earlier this week, there were several calls within the cricketing fraternity for imminent changes in Sri Lanka Cricket.
61-year old former Sri Lankan fast-bowler had already stepped down as the Team Manager following the England series. Jerome Jayaratne was named as his interim replacement for the Team Manager position for the upcoming West Indies tour.
Hon. Minister of Sports, Namal Rajapaksa reappointed the De Mel-led National Selection-Committee in November last year and as per reliable sources, none of the other members have submitted their resignations yet.
De Mel has played 17 Tests and 57 ODIs for Sri Lanka, picking up 59 wickets apiece in each format. He was the first Sri Lankan fast bowler to take a five-wicket haul.