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Muttiah Muralitharan is likely to be the Governor of Northern Province of Sri Lanka

Muttiah Muralitharan is likely to be the Governor of Northern Province of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan spinner legend Muttiah Muralitharan is likely to be governor of the country’s Tamil-dominated Northern Province after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invited him to accept the post.

Key Points:

  • He is a 47-year-old ace spinner and a record holder for highest wickets in test cricket (800) and is one among the three new governors who are tipped to be appointed by Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who registered a glorious victory in the November 16 presidential election.
  • Anuradha Yahampath will become the governor of the Eastern Province, and Tissa Vitharana would take charge as the Governor of the North Central Province, Mr Muralitharan is to be appointed as the governor of the Northern Province.
  • Ms Yahampath is the chairperson of the Nationalist Entrepreneurs Association and also the Director of a reputed garment export company. 
  • Mr Vitharana is a former minister and also the leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), a Trotskyist political party. He is also a specialist doctor.

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