Air force officer takes over as Sri Lanka manager

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June 6, 2007 (AFP) – A senior Sri Lankan air force officer has been appointed as the new manager of the national cricket team, replacing Michael Tissera, a Sri Lanka Cricket official said Wednesday. Air Vice Marshal Sriyan Samararatne, a strict disciplinarian, was picked after facing an interview panel Wednesday by Sri Lanka Cricket, the governing body of the sport here, an official told AFP.

Samararatne is on a two-year contract.

He is a former first class cricketer who played with distinction for the air force and Moratuwa Sports Club as a wicket keeper in the premier club competition in the 1970s and 1980s. Tissera, a former Sri Lanka captain from the island’s pre-Test era ended his managerial contract after the recent World Cup.