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Tennekoon to step down as CEO of Sri Lankan board

Charlie Austin

October 10, 2003

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Anura Tennekoon, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive, has announced that he will be standing down after England's tour of Sri Lanka. Tennekoon cited personal reasons for his decision to step down.

Tennekoon, a former Sri Lanka captain and opening batsman, announced his decision on Friday. "Due to personal reasons I am relinquishing my duties as chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket," he said in a media statement. "I would like to take this opportunity to wish Sri Lanka Cricket the very best in the future."

Tennekoon was appointed in Dec 2000 after the controversial sacking of Dhammika Ranatunga, the brother of World Cup winning captain Arjuna. Although widely respected for his honesty and integrity, he had faced growing criticism for not being forthright enough in various commercial and contractual negotiations.

"Anura is a man of great honesty and integrity and we needed someone like that at that controversial juncture," said Mohan de Silva, the SLC secretary. "He always had the game at heart and he made a big contribution to the development of the game in Sri Lanka."

According to de Silva, the search for Tennekoon's successor will begin immediately. The SLC will headhunt a top business leader with a cricketing background.

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Charlie Austin Sri Lanka editor When Charlie Austin left for Sri Lanka after graduating from Sussex University, he was a planning a winter's cricket in the tropics and a six-month stint with an environmental NGO. His mother's worst fears were soon realised when it became clear that he had fallen in love with the island. Six months have now become eight years and Colombo has become his home. He joined Cricinfo in February 2000 and now heads operations in Sri Lanka, responsible for both sales and editorial. He is also the director of a UK-based travel company called Red Dot Tours, and is currently ghosting Muttiah Muralitharan's autobiography.
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