Jayasuriya won 74,352 votes to win his seat in his hometown Matara, in the southern province, an official with the local election commission said. Jayasuriya is the latest high-profile cricketer in the country to join politics, following the footsteps of former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga and Hashan Tillekaratne.
Incidentally, Ranatunga was formerly with the UPFA, before switching allegiance to the defeated opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, of the Democratic National Alliance.
Jayasuriya quit Tests in 2007 to focus in his limited-overs career. However, he’s not been able to hold his place in the national team of late. But many say that his move towards entering politics is to re-enter the national team.
Jayasuriya, who had a dreadful IPL Season 3 very recently has also being dropped from the playing XI of Mumbai Indians. Sachin Tendulkar, skipper of Mumbai Indians defended Jayasuriya by saying that he was dropped not due to his poor form but only because he needed official leave to attend to several political rallies. If this is true, why wasn’t he included for the last league game of the Mumbai Indians, where they rested 5 of their key players including Sachin Tendulkar? On the other hand, Pretty Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab make-shift opener Mahela Jayawardena, has done exceptionally well for his side after being promoted as an opener during the IPL Season 3.
In such a scenario, can Jayasuriya be eligible to open the innings with T.M Dilshan for Sri Lanka during the ICC World T20 ? Will the selectors opt for the inform batsmen to open the batting or will they bow their heads for the politicians ? Let’s wait and see what happens !!!!