Aravinda de Silva has twice served as chief selector – including in an interim capacity last year. © Wisden India

Aravinda de Silva has twice served as chief selector – including in an interim capacity last year. © Wisden India

Aravinda de Silva has stepped down as chairman of the cricket committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) citing “personal reasons” after roughly a year in the post, it was announced on Friday (May 5). His resignation will take effect from June 30.

“It is understandable that (de Silva) needs to prioritise his personal commitments,” said Thilanga Sumathipala, the SLC president, in a statement. “He has supported the strategic vision of this administration and been vastly instrumental in many of the developments we have made.

“We intend to continue to engage Aravinda’s expertise in our key cricketing activities on a consultancy basis.”

De Silva, who has twice served as chief selector – including in an interim capacity last year – is regarded in Sri Lankan cricket circles as having influenced some of the major decisions regarding the restricting of the coaching structure across levels, focusing on home-grown talent over foreigners.

One of Sri Lanka’s greatest batsmen, de Silva was instrumental in guiding the team to their only World Cup triumph, back in 1996, scoring 107 not out in the final against Australia in Lahore as Sri Lanka won by seven wickets.