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Sri Lanka’s ex-batsman Jayasuriya in political reverse sweep

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s former star batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is set for a political reverse sweep by ditching his mentor Mahinda Rajapaksa and joining the United National Party ahead of next week’s elections.

Jayasuriya, 46, who was known as master blaster at the height of cricketing ability had become a junior minister under Rajapaksa.

However, during the latter stages of the Rajapaksa regime, Jayasuriya had complained he had no authority.

It is too late for Jayasuriya to join the United National Party, but he is pledging support to a UNP candidate from the Matara district, Sagala Ratnayake.

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