Colombo - Sri Lanka on Tuesday appointed former Test player
Graeme Labrooy as the chief selector, days before a two-Test series kicks off
in the UAE against Pakistan.
Labrooy's appointment comes after a selection panel led by
batting great Sanath Jayasuriya resigned en masse following the team's
humiliating 3-0 whitewash at home to India in a recent three-match Test series.
Sri Lanka also went on to lose a five-match one-day
international series and a one-off T20 game against India.
"The new selectors will begin their term with the
selection of the Test squad to take on Pakistan in their tour of UAE (United
Arab Emirates) commencing early next week," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a
The 53-year-old Labrooy played nine Tests for Sri Lanka,
taking 27 wickets at an economy rate of 3.31.
Gamini Wickremasinghe, Jeryl Woutersz, Sajith Fernando and
Asanka Gurusinha are the other members of the new panel.
The Test series with Pakistan beginning September 28 will
see Sri Lanka play their first ever day-and-night game.
The teams are also due to play five ODIs and three T20s, one
of which is tentatively scheduled to be played in Lahore, Pakistan.
Sri Lanka are placed seventh among the 10 Test playing
nations and Pakistan sixth.