COLOMBO: 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 yesterday.
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.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh will play two Tests, three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match on their month-long tour of Sri Lanka in March, the Sri Lankan board announced yesterday.
Sri Lanka, the 2012 T20 runners-up, have recently concluded their tour against Australia where they played a Test, ODI and T20 series.
The itinerary of Bangladesh’s tour to Sri Lanka is as follows:
March 3-5: Three-day match, Matara
March 8-12: First Test, Galle
March 16-20: Second Test, Colombo
March 23: First ODI, Hambantota
March 25: Second ODI, Hambantota
March 28: Third ODI, Pallekele
March 31: T20 international, Pallekele. AFP