Sanath Jayasuriya will not fight Sri Lanka parliamentary election


Colombo: According to 48 years old Sri Lanka’s former cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya , he will not fight the August 17 parliamentary election¬†. He gave their statement on Monday.

The 46-year-old cricketer-turned politician won the United People’s Freedom Alliance parliamentary election list for Matara district in 2010.

He served as the deputy minister of Postal services in the former UPFA government that was led by Mahinda Rajapaksa.
At the present time, He was appointed a deputy minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in the new government of national unity formed after January 8, when Sirisena beat Rajapaksa.

Jayasuriya after being introduced to politics by Rajapaksa refused to aline with the former president when his supporters mounted a campaign to bring back Rajapaksa.

Sirisena last week agreed to bring back Rajapaksa, a move that angered many leaders in his party. Arjuna Ranatunga, the former skipper and a key Sirisena ally in the January election, is said to be contemplating a move to leave Sirisena.