“My age of 31 is not a factor for my performance” – Disappointed Dinesh Chandimal writes to Sri Lanka Cricket

Chandimal has questioned the temporary nature of his selection in the national team.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 14 July 2021 6:31 pm

Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has questioned the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selection committee on what its vision is for the future of his cricketing career. Sources close to the Sri Lankan cricket board have confirmed that in a letter addressed to Aravinda de Silva - the former cricketer and current chairman of the SLC selection committee - Chandimal has stated that he has been subject to unfair treatment by the selectors who have denied him an opportunity to represent Sri Lanka in both white ball and Test cricket.

He added that even when he was selected, the temporary nature of it caused him stress which in turn reflected on his performances.

Selection consistency and selector’s trust in players is a must: Chandimal

"Going beyond my player statistics, my compliance towards health and fitness and my ethical standard towards the SLC have been of the highest caliber. I have always demonstrated outstanding team player skills. In my career, every decision I have made was always by putting my country and team first, sometimes with dire consequences for me personally," he reportedly said in the letter.

"As a past cricketer you would understand that selection consistency and the selector’s trust in players is a must to perform on the field," he added.

Meanwhile, sources have confirmed that Chandimal outlined his career statistics along with the numbers of cricketing greats from the island country- the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, and TM Dilshan.

I am capable of performing at the highest level: Chandimal

The right-handed batter shared the stats to drive home the point that the second half of the career is where great performances are made and also questioned the reason behind the same people unable to see the value in him at this point in his career.

"My conclusion here being that as mentioned before, my age of 31 years is not a factor for performance. My performance statistics and my health statistics indicate I am more capable of performing at the highest level at the moment," he wrote.

Furthermore, it is being learned that Chandimal has requested for a meeting with de Silva and selection committee to discuss his future with Sri Lanka Cricket.