Graeme Labrooy    Getty Images
Graeme Labrooy Getty Images

Former pacer Graeme Labrooy has been appointed as the new chief selector of Sri Lanka, replacing Sanath Jayasuriya. The Sri Lankan selection committee, headed by Jayasuriya, had stepped down on August 29 in the middle of the five-match ODI series against India, which the hosts lost 0-5. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala and Labrooy both have confirmed the development.”I have given my consent to SLC,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Labrooy as saying.”We’ll go through the names and confirm the other selectors later,” he added.

It is, however, not clear as to who will serve in Labrooy’s committee, which the cricket board will announce on September 18. The 53-year-old played nine Tests and 44 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1986 and 1992. He has 27 Test wickets to his name – a tally that memorably includes a five-wicket haul in Brisbane.

It is also reported that SLC has invited former captain Aravinda de Silva to oversee International Cricket and Cricket Affairs as vice president. Labrooy was asked four times to take up the role of Sri Lanka selector, “I have been asked four times before to be a selector and I declined on all four occasions. On every other occasion I was approached, we were sailing smooth and we had some big names in the team. But this time around it’s not the case. This is an hour of need and I am not shying away from it,” he told cricbuzz.

SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva is also happy to have Labrooy on board, “We are extremely glad to rope in someone like Graeme’s reputation to be our new Chairman of Selectors.”

(Inputs from ANI)