Labrooy to wear chief selector’s hat

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is likely to name a five-man selection panel headed by Graeme Labrooy.

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According to reliable sources, Labrooy is almost certain to replace Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector in time to finalize Sri Lanka’s Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against Pakistan in the UAE. Jayasuriya and his committee resigned at the end of the disastrous home series against India where the hosts lost all 9 matches across 3 formats.

Sri Lanka’s tour to UAE to play Pakistan comprises of 2 Test Matches, 5 ODIs, and 3 T20I matches with the last T20I to be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore (subject to security clearance).

Former Maris Stella College fast-bowler, Labrooy represented Sri Lanka in 9 Tests and 44 ODIs from 1986 to 1992 and currently functions as a regional Match Referee (Asia) for ICC and will have to resign from his position in order to take up the position.

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Experienced coach and administrator, Jayantha Senevirathne and former Test opening batsman Malinda Warnapura are some of the names put forward by SLC along with Eric Upashantha and Ranjith Madurusighe who were part of the previous selection committee.