Kumar Sangakkara is yet to receive the “official proposal” to be the Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to UK, the Pakistan Observer reported.
The 38-year-old former wicket-keeper and the left-handed batsman was offered the post by his country’s president Maithripala Sirisena during his farewell Test match which ended on August 24 at P. Sara Oval in Colombo.
“At present Sangakkara is playing the County matches (for Surrey) in London. The official invitation will be made to him on any day once the new ministers are sworn in on September 4”, Palitha Pelpola, the personal secretary to the president, said exclusively over telephone from Colombo.
The hon. president is likely to speak to Sangakkara in person and convey the offer officially, it is learnt here.
Sangakkara, who was surprised with the offer when it first made to him on August 24, has not made his decision public.
Interestingly, the present acting High Commissioner Dr. Channaka Talpahewa is also a keen sportsman. He was the first Sri Lanka Rowing captain and is also a winner of South Asian Games medals.
He holds two Sri Lanka rowing records as well. It could not be confirmed whether the president spoke to him about his new likely successor. Dr. Talpahea was recently on a vacation in Sri Lanka.
In the meantime, the speculation was rife in Sri Lanka that taking a note of Sri Lankan president offering job to a retired cricketer, the British prime minister David Cameron has offered Monty Panesar the post of the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. Even Ian Botham’s name was also discussed, the media had reported recently.
“The news is untrue”, Ms. Priya, the official said from Colombo.
It would have indeed been a remarkable step had this offer been made to Panesar, who once urinated publicly on bouncers in a night club in England.