Lanka denies firing Hashan Tillakaratne

Updated: 23 July 2008 18:16 IST

Sri Lanka's cricket authority denied that it had fired team manager Hashan Tillakaratne only two days after appointing him.

Lanka denies firing Hashan Tillakaratne

Colombo:

Sri Lanka's cricket authority denied that it had fired team manager Hashan Tillakaratne only two days after appointing him.

Local media reports earlier said Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge had refused to support Tillakaratne's appointment as manager for the Test series against India because of his political allegiance.

The 41-year-old Tillakaratne, a former captain of Sri Lanka, is a member of the main opposition United National Party.

"No one has informed me that such a decision has been taken. I am working with the team and was at practice today," Tillakaratne told The Associated Press.

Sri Lanka Cricket media manager Shane Fernando also said Tillakaratne was still manager, adding that his name has been forwarded to Lokuge for approval.

Tillakaratne played in 83 Tests and scored 4,545 runs. In 200 one-day internationals Tillakaratne compiled 3,789 runs.

He was a regular national player for 15 years from 1989 and led the team in 10 Test matches from 2003.

The first Test between Sri Lanka and India starts in Colombo on July 23.

Topics : Cricket
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