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Sri Lanka urges Sangakkara retirement rethink

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against South Africa in Sydney on March 18, 2015Sri Lanka’s sports minister on Wednesday urged the world’s number one batsman Kumar Sangakkara to reconsider plans to retire from Test cricket and urged him to play on for another year. Navin Dissanayake told reporters that he hoped 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. “As sports minister, I humbly appeal to Kumar to reconsider (retirement) and play for the country for at least one more year,” the minister said in Colombo. 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.

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