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Tillakaratne is Sri Lanka Test captain
April 17, 2003 16:09 IST
Left-handed batsman Hashan Tillakaratne has been named the captain of Sri Lanka's Test team while Marvan Atapattu was given the charge of the one-day side.
The 36-year-old Tillakaratne will take charge immediately, and lead Sri Lanka in the two-Test home series against New Zealand, starting on April 25.
The appointments came in the wake of Sanath Jayasuriya's resignation after Sri Lanka crashed out of the four-nation tournament in Sharjah in the league stages last week.
Jayasuriya captained Sri Lanka in both Tests and one-dayers.
The 32-year-old Atapattu, who was vice-captain of the team, under Jayasuriya, was widely believed to take over as skipper but a spokesman of the Sri Lankan cricket board said the national selectors had decided to adopt a new policy of having separate captains for Test and one-day teams.
The appointments need the approval of the Sports Minister before coming into effect.