Hashan Tillakaratne, Sri Lanka’s new Test captain

hashan.jpg (10853 bytes)by Rex Clementine
Middle order batsman Hashan Tillakaratne was appointed as captain of the Sri Lankan Test cricket team yesterday, chairman of cricket selectors Lalith Kaluperuma told ‘The Island’. While the 36-year-old left-hander will lead the side, Marvan Atapattu will continue to be the deputy of the Test side. Atapattu meanwhile will function as the captain of the Sri Lankan One Day team. A deputy for the One Day side is yet to be named.

This is the first time the Sri Lankan cricket selectors have appointed separate captains for the One Day and the Test squads. Speaking on the decision to appoint two separate captains, chairman of selectors Lalith Kaluperuma said that two seperate captains were picked as the selectors felt that it would was too much of a strain for a single person to handle both sides.

Kaluperuma also said that the appointments were only for the New Zealand series and that these would be reviewed before Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies. The selectors have had discussions with several senior players and had reviewed all their performances before making the decisions.

The Sri Lankan squad for the two match Test series against the Blacks Caps would be picked after the warm up games at the NCC.