9 Apr 2011

Change ahead for cricket in Sri Lanka

3:18 pm on 9 April 2011

Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has pledged to rejuvenate the game of cricket in Sri Lanka after the defeat by India in the ICC World Cup final.

The minister told the BBC that the changes were needed to prepare for an upcoming tour of England and then for the Twenty20 World Cup to be hosted by Sri Lanka in 2012.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara, his deputy Mahela Jayawardena and a parliamentary select committee that picked the team, all resigned after the tournament.

According to sports regulations, the minister cannot appoint the captain or the vice-captain. They are picked by the select committee, which is appointed by the minister.

Aluthgamage said trhe appointments of a captain, vice-captain and new select committee were expected "within the next week".

On Tuesday, Kumar Sangakkara insisted his departure was a decision taken prior to the tournament.