Jayasuriya named Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors

COLOMBO Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:25pm IST

Sri Lanka's cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya reacts as he arrives at a practice session ahead of the T20 tour of England, in Colombo June 10, 2011. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka's cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya reacts as he arrives at a practice session ahead of the T20 tour of England, in Colombo June 10, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya was appointed chairman of selectors in a new-look five-member committee named by sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Monday.

Jayasuriya, 43, is joined by 1996 World Cup winning team mate Pramodya Wickramasinghe.

Former Sri Lanka players Hemantha Wickramaratne, Eric Upashantha and Chaminda Mendis were the other selectors appointed.

Wickramaratne is the only surviving member of the previous committee headed by Ashantha de Mel whose extended term ends on January 31.

A destructive left-handed opener, Jayasuriya represented Sri Lanka in 110 Tests and 445 one-day internationals in a 22-year career before quitting in 2011 and taking to politics.

He is a Member of Parliament of the ruling party United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in his hometown Matara.

(Editing by Justin Palmer)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Sports

REUTERS SHOWCASE

U.S. Open

U.S. Open

Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset  Full Article 

Alonso Retires

Alonso Retires

Spain's Alonso announces international retirement.  Full Article 

Champions League

Champions League

Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again.  Full Article 

Calling It A Day

Calling It A Day

Cameroon's Eto'o announces international retirement.  Full Article 

Legal Headache

Legal Headache

FIFA and other groups sued in U.S. over concussions.  Full Article 

New Stadium

New Stadium

Putin opens 2018 World Cup Stadium in Moscow.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage