Sri Lanka news January 25, 2013

Warnapura in running to head SLC

Former Sri Lanka captain Bandula Warnapura is understood to be in the running to be appointed as the next chief executive officer of Sri Lanka Cricket, replacing Ajit Jayasekara, whose term ends on March 31.

Warnapura, Sri Lanka's first Test captain, has served the board before, as the director of operations for eight years, before being appointed to his current role as development manager of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in 2008. SLC sources stated that he will be able to undertake the new post only from May 1.

He was interviewed, among others, by the SLC earlier this week. If he is selected, he will receive a monthly salary of 500,000 Sri Lankan rupees ($3,900), besides other perks.

An opening batsman and a medium-pace bowler during his playing days, Warnapura appeared in four Tests, including their inaugural match against England in 1982, and 12 ODIs. However, he was given a ban from Sri Lankan cricket after going on a rebel tour to South Africa in 1982-83.

He has had a fruitful post-retirement career, becoming a towering figure on the country's club circuit, and in 2008 he shared his vision for the betterment of Sri Lankan cricket and its administration after his tenure with the board was over. His elevation to the post of CEO could see him fulfilling those goals.