Sri Lanka approach Lamb

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Allan Lamb, the former England batsman, is being targeted by Sri Lanka to run their international sides.

The 42-year-old, who retired from first-class cricket before the start of last season following a dispute over the publication of his autobiography, yesterday confirmed he had been approached by the World Cup winners.

"It's very flattering, and we are now in the process of negotiating," said the former Northamptonshire captain who, together with Ian Botham - now back in the England fold - lost a costly libel case against Imran Khan earlier this year.

"I've always wanted to put something back into the game and this would be a great opportunity," Lamb said. "It would have been nice to get involved with England but no one has spoken to me about that, which is disappointing."

If Lamb is appointed, he will take over from Dav Whatmore, who recently took up a position with Lancashire.