Labrooy ap­pointed Lanka chief selec­tor

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Colombo, Sri Lanka - For­mer Sri Lanka seamer Graeme Labrooy will be Sri Lanka's next chief selec­tor. Both Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pres­i­dent Thi­langa Su­math­ipala and Labrooy him­self con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment on Fri­day.

SLC had also been hop­ing to rope in the likes of Brendon Ku­ruppu for its se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, but at this stage Ku­ruppu ap­pears un­likely to take up the po­si­tion - es­pe­cially be­cause he had orig­i­nally been among the se­lec­tors that had been sacked by this very board. It is yet un­clear who will serve in Labrooy's com­mit­tee, which SLC has said it will an­nounce on Septem­ber 18.

"I have given my con­sent to SLC," Labrooy said. "We'll go through the names and con­firm the other se­lec­tors later."

Labrooy presently serves as an ICC match ref­eree - largely at a lower level than Sri Lanka or­di­nar­ily plays. As such, there is a po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est with his new role as chief selec­tor. He is seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion from ICC as to how he might pro­ceed, he said.

Though a 25-mem­ber pre­lim­i­nary squad for the Tests against Pak­istan has al­ready been cho­sen, the new se­lec­tion com­mit­tee's first as­sign­ment will be to fi­nalise the 15 that will travel to the UAE - in­clud­ing Sri Lanka's maiden day-night Test - later this month.

Labrooy played nine Tests and 44 ODIs for Sri Lanka be­tween 1986 and 1992. He has 27 Test wick­ets to his name - a tally that mem­o­rably in­cludes a five-wicket haul in Bris­bane.

Graeme Labrooy

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