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Last Updated:  Friday, 11 April, 2003, 08:42 GMT 09:42 UK
Rebel lands Sri Lanka role
Sri Lanka players celebrate
Sri Lanka are preparing for a home series against New Zealand
Former spin bowler Lalith Kaluperuma has been appointed as the new chairman head of Sri Lanka's selection panel.

The 53-year-old was banned for 25 years in 1982 after agreeing to go on a Sri Lankan rebel tour to South Africa.

But the bans were lifted following South Africa's return to the international cricket fold a decade later.

Kaluperuma replaces Guy de Alwis, who resigned earlier of this month after complaining about government interference.

All national squads have to be submitted to Sports Minister Johnston Fernando for approval.

And they were forced to make changes to the squad for the Sharjah Cup, which ended on Thursday, after the minister refused to allow batsman/wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara to be dropped or to sanction the resting of star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Kaluperuma played in his country's inaugural Test against England in 1982.

His international career was brief, however, encompassing just two Test appearances and four one-day internationals.

But he was responsible for bringing it to an end after agreeing to go on a the rebel tour later that year.

"I am naturally delighted that I have been entrusted the honour of being the chairman of selectors," Kaluperuma commented.

The three other selectors are Aravinda de Silva, a member of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning team, namesake Ashley de Silva and Roger Wijesuriya.




SEE ALSO
Sri Lanka selector quits
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De Silva bows out
18 Mar 03  |  Sri Lanka

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