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Jerome Jayaratne appointed as manager for Sri Lanka's tour of West Indies

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Sri Lanka Cricket announced today the appointment of Jerome Jayaratne as manager for Sri Lanka's tour of West Indies.

Jayaratne will replace Ashantha de Mel as manager but the latter will remain as the Head of Sri Lanka cricket national selection committee.

He is also the father-in-law of Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksas' younger brother, Rohitha Rajapaksa.

Jayaratne currently functions as the Chief Cricket Operations Officer of the SLC and his appointment as the Team Manager is an interim measure.

Jayaratne had been a Sri Lanka prospect in his youth, even touring Australia with the under-19 side in 1984. But he ultimately chose to make a living playing cricket rather than pursue a place in the national side.
Jayaratne played eight seasons for a Melbourne Club side whose playing season clashed with Sri Lanka's first-class season.

He did, however, lead the Colombo Cricket Club side towards the end of his first-class career. They won the first-class competition under him in 1996.

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