At least six players are reported to be against any possible return of Sanath Jayasuriya into the Sri Lanka cricket team following speculation that the new selection committee chief Asantha de Mel was in the process of persuading the left hand batsman to return to test cricket.
De Mel is to officially take charge of the new selection committee today and discuss a move to bring back Jayasuriya.
De Mel has already met Jayasuriya who is reported to have shown a desire to return but not for the current England tour.
?Jayasuriya has retired from one-day cricket and I don`t see why he cannot change his mind and get back to playing both forms of the game?, said De Mel.
De Mel said that if the selectors were divided over a return by Jayasuriya, he (De Mel) would use his vote in favour of the batsman.
If he is to comeback from retirement, Jayasuriya would stand for selection in Sri Lanka`s home test series against South Africa in July-August this year.
Asked what he thought about the opposition to Jayasuriya`s comeback De Mel said no one has a right to tell them (selectors) what to do.
?Players should be focused on playing. They have no right to decide on who gets into the team?, said De Mel. De Mel also said he had no intention to interfere with the current test squad selected for the England tour.