The defending champions, Sri Lanka couldn’t make into the semi final and they only managed a win against Afghanistan in the World T20. The head of selection committee, Arvinda De Silva stood up and accepted all the responsibility for making last minute changes that affected Sri Lanka’s performances.
De Silva defended the decisions made by the selection committee that also had Sangakkara as a member, “All decisions were taken in the best interest of the team and we take responsibility.”
The sports ministry of Sri Lanka dissolved the selection committee that was headed by Kapila Wijegoonawardan. The World Cup 1996 hero for the Islanders, Arvinda De Silva was appointed as the head of selection committee.
Arvinda De Silva backed up his decision of including Lahiru Thirimanne, who wasn’t a part of original squad saying, “Thirimanne is the most technically sound batsman we have right now. He needs to be backed. Marvan Atapattu was still kept in the team after making six ducks; Sanath Jayasuriya was brought up the order after his repeated failures in the middle order.”
Moreover, Lasith Malinga stepped down as Sri Lanka’s T20 captain and withdrew from the squad just before the commencement of the tournament due to his poor fitness. According to De Silva, all the decisions made regarding the slinging fast bowler was taken with his consultation.