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Sanath Jayasuriya set to return as chairman of SL selection committee

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain and dashing left-hander Sanath Jayasuriya is all set to return as the chairman of the senior selection committee taking over from Aravinda De Silva, who performed his duties as a stop-gap arrangement.

Sanath Jayasuriya. Pic/Santosh Nagwekar
Sanath Jayasuriya. Pic/Santosh Nagwekar

The 46-year-old Jayasuriya had stepped down from the post last year. According ESPN Cricinfo, SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala has been quoted by Singhalese newspaper Divaina confirming the development.

"In wanting to take Sri Lankan cricket to a new path, we have put some changes in place," SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala told Divaina. "As such, we are expecting to appoint Sanath Jayasuriya as the new chairman of selectors."

Former wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana and former offspinner Ranjith Madurasingha are also expected to be part of the committee, according to SLC vice president Mohan de Silva.

It has been learnt that Jayasuriya will remain at the helm till 2019 World Cup as Sri Lankan cricket is going through a tough transition phase.

The veteran of 110 Tests, 445 ODIs and 31 T20 Internationals previously held the post from January 2013 to March 2015.

During that period, Sri Lanka won a World T20 in Bangladesh in 2014 and a Test series in England, before suffering a quarter-final exit at the 2015 World Cup.

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