Legendry Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan is likely to adorn a role in political realm with the Lankan government almost deciding to appoint him as the Governor of Northern Province
He is tipped to be one among the three new governors to be appointed by the Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who recently won a clear presidential majority in the island nation. The president is reported to have personally invited Muralitharan to accept the post, reports said. The ace spinner is an Indian Tamil from Kandy. He is known to have been tipped as he has already showed his allegiance to the president and his party.
However, there was no official confirmation on appointing the Lankan cricket legend. Meanwhile, there are reports that local Tamil people have come out against Muralitharan as he had backed Rajapaksa for his war crimes during his tenure as defence secretary from 2005 to 2015.
Apart from Muralitharan, the others whose names are doing the rounds for Goovernership are Anuradha Yahampath in the Eastern Province and Tissa Vitharana in the North central Province.
Yahampath is the chairperson of the Nationalist Entrepreneurs Association. Vitharana, a doctor by profession, is the leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party. He is also a former minister and has been chairman of the Medical Research Institute for a long time.