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Minister- hopes ‘Sanga’ should renter to the ODI Games

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 04:25 GMT, Apr 2, 2015 |
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The minister of sport and tourism Navin Dissanayake apparently request to Kumar Sangakara to reconsider (retirement) and play for the country for at least one more year. Sangakkara is the second highest scored in the ODI cricket 14,234 runs with 25 centuries and 53 half-centuries. He is the only Sri Lankan to amass over 12,000 runs in Test cricket.

The minister said to the reporters in Colombo; that he hope a government-ordered overhaul of Sri Lanka Cricket might persuade the 37-year-old to stick around a bit longer after he again underlined his class at the World Cup. Dissanayake said he hoped that the appointment of an interim management team, headed by former Test player Sidath Wettimuny, would demonstrate the new government’s determination to “clean up” the governing body which has been beset by accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

The minister said that; he has spoken with Sangakara in New Zealand during the last world cup and as  per his conversation; Sangakara was very disappointed and unhappy with the cricket administration.  The minister said he had “asked Sidath to talk to Kumar” about staying on after the left-hander’s outstanding performances at the World Cup.

Sangakarra scored an unprecedented four successive ODI hundreds during the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, racking up a total of 541 in seven innings at an average of over 108. As well as being the number one batsman in the world rankings for Test cricket, the former captain is also the number two in the ODI rankings. Although Sangakkara had announced before the World Cup that it would be his swansong in one-day international cricket, he caused a stir during the tournament by speaking of his intention to quit Tests.

Minister Navin Disanayaka has expressed his hope about the Sangakara that “now there is a change, I think there is a possibility that he will change his mind.” In other hand Kumara Sangakara was not express instant comment about the minister’s appeal.