Sri Lanka is to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim once again, this time however on environmental issues.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with Solheim in Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. “Green economy. Sustainable tourism. Wildlife. Water. Agreed cooperation between Sri Lanka and UN Environment w Ranil,” Solheim tweeted. As a negotiator of the peace process in Sri Lanka between 1998 to 2005, Solheim attempted to reach a compromise between the Government and the LTTE.Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister when Solheim was involved as a Norwegian peace negotiator but Solheim was later accused of being biased towards the LTTE.Norway eventually withdrew from the peace process as the former Government decided to defeat the LTTE militarily. (Colombo Gazette) Solheim is the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and he has agreed to work with Sri Lanka through his new role. The Prime Minister’s office, meanwhile, said that Wickremesinghe sought Solheim’s assistance on environmental issues.It was decided at the talks to appoint a committee to study the proposals on collaboration between Sri Lanka and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Virat KohliIndia captain Virat Kohli will not play the last two ODIs of the New Zealand series, and the T20s that follow; he has been rested for those games, the BCCI said on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma will captain India in his absence. No replacement player has been named for Kohli.This will be the first time this decade India will be playing an ODI outside Asia (excluding Zimbabwe) without Kohli. However, the decision to rest Kohli should come as no surprise since the selectors and the Indian team management have stressed in the last year the need to manage workloads of key players, to keep them fit for the World Cup which will be played in England from May 30. In March 2018, Kohli had skipped the Nidhas Trophy T20 series in Sri Lanka, he sat out the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June, and then took time off during the Asia Cup.Strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah had also been rested for the limited-overs legs of the Australian and New Zealand series.In a media release, the BCCI said that Kohli would be back for limited-overs series at home against Australia in March. “Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and senior selection committee is of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” the BCCI release said. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’IPL won’t impact World Cup selection’ – Virat KohliMarch 1, 2019In “latest news”Time right for Dhoni to hand over to Kohli – ShastriMay 31, 2016In “Sports”How Virat Kohli rules T20 cricketMay 6, 2016In “Sports”