Sri Lanka Cricket gets Ranatunga as new chief

Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva arrives and starts her first day of work at the IMF

Dec 30, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga is to be formally appointed as head of the cricket administration next week, officials said Sunday.

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“His appointment is confirmed and he should take over next week as chairman of the cricket interim committee,” a senior presidential official, who did not want to be named, told AFP.

The 44-year-old, currently a government legislator, became a legendary figure after leading Sri Lanka to their lone Cup triumph in 1996. He quit international cricket in 2000 after playing 93 Tests and 269 one-dayers.

Political sources said the former captain got the new job as a reward for voting in favour of the government’s 2008 budget this month, despite reports that he had threatened to defect to the opposition.

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Ranatunga is also tipped to become the deputy foreign minister in the government reshuffle, expected to take place early in the New Year.
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He has been critical of the current cricket administration, which he blames for the dwindling of Sri Lanka’s talent and reserve stock to replace the ageing national team. .

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