Cricketing circles are abuzz as Ashen Bandara has not been included in the 22-member squad named for the Twenty20 series between Sri Lanka and South Africa.
The team was selected by a committee comprising Pramodhya Wickremasinghe (Chairman), Romesh Kaluwitarane and Hemantha Wickramaratne.
Ashen Bandara was the Man of the Match in both Twenty20 matches played at Pallekele recently. He was also the highest scorer in a practice match played the day before selection.
The team named for this tournament will play for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup as well and Ashen’s exclusion was based on the personal agenda of a member of the selection committee, according to media reports.
However, Minister of Sports Namala Rajapaksa has yet to approve this team.