With reference to the articles that appeared in the some newspapers about the Zimbabwe tour selections, the national selection cricket committee has issued the following statement, according to a Sri Lanka Cricket Media release.
“We the national selectors would like to clarify that we decided to rest Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas for the Zimbabwe tour 2008 which will enable us to groom some young players for the future.”
Sports Editor’s note: We wonder who’s fooling who, because reports indicate that the “rested” Jayasuriya will have no rest at all, being contracted to play in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament and the South African domestic cricket tournament for the team Nausha Dolphins, instead of playing for the national team. If Jayasuriya was not picked in order to replace him with younger players then the word that should be used is not “rest” but “drop”. We would very much like a clarification on that matter as well.