Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to appoint Ajith Jayasekara as the additional CEO to look after administrative affairs and security in the wake of the unprecedented terror attack on its national cricket team in Lahore.

“An effort is being made to fully concentrate on all aspects of cricket in Sri Lanka. While Duleep Mendis, the CEO, will look after the cricketing issues including development of the game, Jayasekara will concentrate on administration and security,” Secretary of the new interim committee Nishantha Ranatunga said.

With a new interim body taking over Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) early this month, the island’s cricket governing body could be subjected to restructuring to develop cricket at regional level and to improve the performance of the team. Ranatunga said it was essential to bring in more discipline in the system. The interim administration of SLC took over duties in middle of March, three months after Sports Minister Gamini Lokkuge sacked the former interim administration led by the World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

“We would like to have the services of Mendis due to his vast experience in the cricketing area,” Nishantha Ranatunga, brother of Arjuna Ranatunga, said indicating there was no move to remove him from the post. “What we need here is a person who could handle the day-to-day administrative functions without any hiccups. Duleep could concentrate only on cricket, which is his strong point,” Ranatunga said.

Mendis had replaced Anura Tennekoon as the CEO in 2004 and has served in that position for five years. After his retirement, Mendis guided the players as the national coach and in 1996 he became the Chairman of the national selection committee as well as the manager of the national team that won the World Cup. “We have three World Cup tournaments coming up, including one women’s World Cup and the men’s under-19. Mendis will be able to devote more time to the game after the appointment of Jayasekara,” Ranatunga said.

Ranatunga said he would also like to explore ways of increasing Test and ODI matches between Sri Lanka and India and would also like to have more under-19 matches between the two countries. — PTI

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