Following an ICC ruling that no replacements will be allowed for any bowler reported for a suspect bowling action during the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka selectors will need to be mindful of it when they sit down to pick the final 15 for the tournament which will take place from January 22 to February 14 next year.
Why we say it is because of the pool of 36 players selected for training for the global event seven bowlers have been reported or called for a suspect bowling action in local school matches.
Thus it is the responsibility of the junior selection committee who liaise with the national selection committee to avoid picking these bowlers who have been reported otherwise they will run the risk of putting not only the bowler’s career in jeopardy but tarnishing the country’s image on the international stage.
The idea of trying to win at all costs should be clearly abandoned from the minds of the selectors and a team with a clean sheet should be picked so that we are not labeled as a nation that produces chuckers.
Sri Lanka already has a bad track record in past under 19 World Cups with three of the bowlers being reported during the last under 19 World Cup held in the UAE in 2014. In the 2012 under 19 World Cup held in Australia, Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal was randomly tested but nothing was amiss with his action.
The provisional squad of 30 players will have to be sent to the ICC by November 22 and the final team of 15 by December 22. – [ST]