Cricket: Politics for Arjuna

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The Independent Online
SRI LANKA'S recently sacked captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, wants to follow in Imran Khan's footsteps and make the switch from cricket to politics. Ranatunga, 35, is currently studying politics and hopes to emulate his deputy minister father when he retires from the game.

"But after my retirement I might enter the political arena," he said. "My father and brother are politicians - and my father's blood runs in me."

Ranatunga was sacked after his team's dismal defence of the World Cup this summer.

Pakistan's sacked chief selector, Wasim Bari, believes his country's future is still bright despite the suspension of the Pakistan Cricket Board. "We have six youngsters in the team. It is the most talented team, if I may say, in the world," said Bari, who lost his position when the Pakistan president, Rafiq Tarar, suspended the PCB on Friday.