Sri Lanka's sports minister on Wednesday urged the world's number one batsman Kumar Sangakkara to reconsider plans to retire from Test cricket and urged him to play on for another year.
Navin Dissanayake told reporters that he hoped a government-ordered overhaul of Sri Lanka Cricket might persuade the 37-year-old to stick around a bit longer after he again underlined his class at the World Cup.
"As sports minister, I humbly appeal to Kumar to reconsider (retirement) and play for the country for at least one more year," the minister said in Colombo.
"I spoke with him (Sangakkara) in New Zealand during the World Cup," the minister said in Colombo.
"He was very disappointed and unhappy (with the cricket administration) and now that there is a change, I think there is a possibility that he will change his mind."
The minister said he had "asked Sidath to talk to Kumar" about staying on after the left-hander's outstanding performances at the World Cup.