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Jayasuriya to stand for Sri Lanka parliament seat

Veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya says he will enter politics after cricket authorities cleared his bid to stand for a Sri Lanka parliament seat.

world Updated: Feb 18, 2010 20:44 IST

Veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya says he will enter politics after cricket authorities cleared his bid to stand for a Sri Lanka parliament seat.

Jayasuriya said Thursday he accepted an invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the April election in his southern hometown of Matara.

Cricket board chief Somachandra de Silva says that he has agreed to Jayasuriya's request for permission to stand for parliament because the player's contract doesn't stipulate against players entering politics.

The 40-year-old veteran of 110 tests and 444 one-day internationals is currently out of the national side.