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Sanath Jayasuriya All Set To Secure Another Term As Sri Lankan Selection Committee Head

Former Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya is expected to sign another contract as the Selection Committee’s Head of Cricket, as the Lankan board is aiming for the major revamp in the committee.

However, the term of several board officials would come to an end on 1st of May alongside the 47-year-old Jayasuriya, who had been a cornerstone for Sri Lankan cricket when he was in his prime.

“We have got a number of names and we are currently evaluating them. But the biggest problem we have right now is their inability to dedicate time due to other commitments,” one of the officials from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was quoted by Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka.

The committee in the Lankan board includes former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Romesh Kaluwitharam followed by fast bowler Eric Upashantha and Ranjith Madurusinghe, who earlier has been appointed as the Junior Selection Committee Head.

Jayasuriya was appointed as the panel head in May last year after resigning from the post in 2015 World Cup soon after the exit of Sri Lanka.

According to the Daily Mirror from Sri Lankan news portal, Asanka Gurusinha, who is Cricket Manager for the national team is expected to hold his position alongside former left-handed batsman Jayasuriya, who has played a pivotal role while framing the new team for Lanka.

“We will forward a list of names during the next few weeks to the Minister of Sports,” the official added.

The Daily Mirror further reported the board is looking to induct the qualified candidates for the job, as many clubs have forwarded their respective names to the panel which will take a final decision after going through all the legal process.

During his third term, the National Team suffered heavily while losing across all formats with the only high point being a 3-0 whitewash against Australia at home.

Jayasuriya drew flak alongside its committee members when the side lacked to bring in some consistency in the team.

However, during Jayasuriya’s term, Sri Lanka won the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup which was followed by a Test series against England.

The Matara-born batsman Jayasuriya had played 445 ODIs and 110 Tests for Sri Lanka since he made his international debut in 1989.

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