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Colombo, AFP
January 29, 2013
Sri Lanka's cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya has been made the head of a new five-member selection panel for the national team, Sri Lanka Cricket announced. The 43-year-old star from the 1996 World Cup-winning Sri Lankan team said he was keen to encourage younger players after he was confirmed in the new role on Monday.

"I am looking forward to start a new journey with young talent to steer Sri Lanka cricket to the winning streak without hurting anyone," Jayasuriya told the state-run Daily News in comments published Tuesday.

The former captain is now a member of parliament representing the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

He played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20 matches during his career.

The others in the selection board are: Pramodya Wickramasinghe, Hemantha Wickremarathne, Chaminda Mendis and Eric Upashantha.