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Selectors persuade Sangakkara to revoke his retirement plan
BIPIN DANI
Published : Thursday, 25 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 509
Colombo, June 24:  The process of persuading Kumar Sangakkara to revoke his Test retirement has begun, it is learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardena and most of his colleagues already had a round of discussions with him and the wicket keeper, batsman is likely to make his final decision during or after the second Test against Pakistan commencing Thursday.  
"The final decision has been left to him", one of the selectors, who was present in the meeting, said.
"It is still not clear whether he would make himself available for the third Test against Pakistan as he was committed long time ago to play for English county Surrey.
The country's sports minister, Navin Dissanayake is also requested the player to revoke his retirement decision.
"The earlier selectors had also requested him to prolong his Test career when Sangakkara announced that he would retire after the first Test against India. We have to honour his decision as he has been playing cricket for Sri Lanka since last 15 years", the selector added. 
The three venues for the forthcoming series between Sri Lanka and India are finalised and accordingly, India will play three Test matches at Galle, Colombo (P. Sara, Oval) and Kandy, it is learnt here.  
"The MoU between the two cricket boards has already been signed and India is to commence their tour from August 9", the top SLC board official said.
SLC board officials are likely to resolve its broadcast issue soon.









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