Sri Lanka names new selectors ahead of Pakistan series

Graeme Labrooy’s appointment comes after a selection panel led by batting great Sanath Jayasuriya resigned en masse following the team’s humiliating 3-0 whitewash at home to India in a recent three-match Test series.

Sri Lanka lost all its matches — 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and a T20I — against India recently.   -  AP

Sri Lanka on Tuesday appointed former Test player Graeme Labrooy as the chief selector, days before a two-Test series kicks off in the UAE against Pakistan.

Labrooy’s appointment comes after a selection panel led by batting great Sanath Jayasuriya resigned en masse following the team’s humiliating 3-0 whitewash at home to India in a recent three-match Test series.

Sri Lanka also went on to lose a five-match One-Day International series and a one-off T20 game against India.

“The new selectors will begin their term with the selection of the Test squad to take on Pakistan in their tour of UAE (United Arab Emirates) commencing early next week,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

The 53-year-old Labrooy played nine Tests for Sri Lanka, taking 27 wickets at an economy rate of 3.31.

Gamini Wickremasinghe, Jeryl Woutersz, Sajith Fernando and Asanka Gurusinha are the other members of the new panel.

The Test series with Pakistan beginning September 28 will see Sri Lanka play its first ever day-and-night game.

The teams are also due to play five ODIs and three T20Is, one of which is tentatively scheduled to be played in Lahore, Pakistan.

Sri Lanka is placed seventh among the 10 Test playing nations and Pakistan sixth.

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