Sangakkara, Jayawardene to be named in Sri Lanka Sports Council

Written by Sumit Seth

Cricket Age Exclusive

Former legendary batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will be named in Sri Lanka Sports Council, Cricket Age exclusive learns. The high-profile inclusions are part of the newly appointed Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa vision for the game, who officially assumed his duty on Tuesday (August 18).

“The honorable Sports Minister has shown confidence in both Sangakkara and Jayawardene in getting their advice in moving forward Sport in the country, including Cricket. The official announcement will be made soon” a top Ministry official told Cricket Age.

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene will be playing pivotal roles in advising Namal in making policies for all 66 Sport, especially cricket. In addition, they will be give the authority to make development and structural plans for all the Sports in the country” top Ministry official added.

Namal, immediately after taking oath as Sports Minister, has made his vision loud and clear that he would make overhaul changes in the Sports in the Island.

“We are looking at the possibilities of replacing the existing Sports Act introduced in 1973 with a new Act, taking into account the current trends, future context and global developments of Sports. This is to be finalized once the Sports Concils are appointed” Namal had tweeted on August 18.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene, regarded as the greatest batsmen of Sri Lanka Cricket, have always been vocal on various issues, especially related to cricket. Interestingly, few months ago, both they opposed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) proposal to construct a 40 Million dollars International cricket stadium in Homagama.


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