Lankan cricketers return from UK tour: Tour a failure but there were a lot of positives – Mathews

Posted on 08 July 2016 by admin


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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews addressing the media at the SLC headquarters yesterday after his team had returned from a tour of UK. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, SLC vice president Jayantha Dharmadasa and SLC secretary Mohan de Silva are also present. Picture by Rukmal Gamage


Barely before the dust has settled down, the Sri Lanka cricket team was summoned for a press briefing after a 15-hour flight from London at the SLC headquarters yesterday and Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was obviously very disappointed about the outcome of the tour.

Mathews pointed out the reasons for his team’s defeat was the irregular performance in bits and pieces which was simply not enough to pose a threat to a side like England. However he admitted that the tour had a lot of positives although it was a failure for the Lankans.

Sri Lanka lost the three Test series 0-2, the ODI series 0-3 and the one-off T20I.

Mathews said that it was a tough and challenging tour especially after the disastrous first couple of Test matches but was relieved to see some improvement among some individuals and it was heartening to see the way Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Danushka Gunathilaka batted. “We had so many individuals who stood up to the challenge but unfortunately it was insufficient to pose any threat to England,” Mathews said.

Elaborating on the positives Mathews said that the way Kusal Mendis and the other younger players stood up to Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in cold and seaming conditions was commendable.

“Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne also started hitting the ball in the middle of their bats but we did not have the perfect game as either bowling, batting or fielding let us down,” quipped Mathews.

“Five of our bowlers were injured at the start of the tour – Jeffrey Vadersay, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera and Shaminda Eranga and we had a drawback in our bowling.

“I don’t want to make excuses but the injuries hampered our bowling. I thought Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal did a good job but the England batsmen were in control. I believe once the injured players return the team should be a competitive one,” he said.

Talking of the forthcoming Australian tour to Sri Lanka, Mathews said that during the past six months or so the team has not been playing well and at the moment they had not prepared much for the Australian tour as they had just arrived after a hectic tour of England. He said the team selection and strategies will be done soon in preparation to meet the Australians.

“Although playing against the Aussies at home we all know that they are a tough side. While playing against the Aussies we should be brave and play positively, and if we do that we can beat them. For that we should first select a good team and practice.” 

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Sri Lanka cricketers leave for England : Tour will identify the future players – coach Ford

Posted on 04 May 2016 by admin

Mathews UKHead coach Graham Ford believes that the young group of players picked for the Test tour of England has got a great opportunity to display their skills and temperament and cement their places in the national team for the future.

“It’s a great time for a young player to show what he can do. There are opportunities available at the moment and our selectors are watching closely at players who are staying behind as well,” said Ford prior to the Sri Lanka cricket team’s departure to England for the first leg of the tour which comprises a series of three Tests.

Sri Lanka will also take on England in a five-match ODI series and in two T20Is.

“We will identify the group of players who have the mental strength, toughness and the necessary talent to become top international players. It’s quite exciting to see how the young lads step upto the plate and be ready for international cricket and whether they want to be international cricketers for a long period of time,” said Ford.

“They have to overcome mental strength, different things going on creates extra pressure. We know that England will come hard at us so mental strength is going to be important. It’s an opportunity for our cricketers to show that they are tough. Thinking of the days gone by that was something everybody admired of Sri Lanka cricket when the players were so tough mentally. Maybe there are a few question marks now about that. It’s time for us to start getting that right,” he said.

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Sri Lanka Cricket: Charith Senanayaka & Sanath Jayasuriya back

Posted on 13 April 2016 by admin

Sri Lanka Cricket SignFormer Sri Lanka cricketer Charith Senanayake has been appointed manager of the Sri Lanka cricket team for the tour to England starting next month and for the home series against Australia beginning in July.

Senanayake was sacked as manager of the team in February 2013 and replaced by Michael de Zoysa following indifference with the then SLC hierarachy.

A former opening bat Senanayake 53, played three Tests against New Zealand on the 1991 tour, and seven ODIs in 1990 and 1991 with moderate success. A marketing expert he also served SLC as Head of Marketing for three years from 2008.

New post for Aravinda de Silva

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and chairman of selectors Aravinda de Silva has been offered a new post as Advisor Cricket Affairs to SLC. Announcing the appointment SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said that De Silva had expressed his inability to continue as a selector because of his private business, but would serve in the capacity of an advisor.

Sanath Jayasuriya new chairman of selectors

Sumathipala also stated that SLC had requested Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera to appoint former Sri Lanka captain turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya as the new chairman of selectors from May 1.

Sumathipala said that until the new selection committee is announced Jayasuriya would sit with the current committee headed by De Silva and chose the team to England. – [ST] 

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Sri Lanka Cricket suspends coach, bowler over match-fixing charges

Posted on 18 January 2016 by admin


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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has suspended Fast Bowling Coach Anusha Samaranayake and New Bowler Gayan Wishwajith with immediate effect over allegations they had approached cricketers from the national team to fix matches. The two have been subjected to scrutiny ever since it was disclosed that national team cricketers Rangana Herath and Kusal Janith Perera had reported an alleged approach by bookies in the lead-up to the Test match against West Indies in Galle, last year.

Samaranayake and Wishwajith are subject to an investigation after claims emerged of them having links with book-makers. They will remain suspended until the inquiry initiated by SLC is concluded.

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Ranatunga brothers fail to make the cut – Sri Lanka Cricket Elections

Posted on 03 January 2016 by admin

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his brother, Nishantha, suffered defeats in the Sri Lanka Cricket elections, which were held on Sunday. Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka's deputy speaker of parliament, beat Nishantha for the post of SLC president, while Arjuna lost the race for the vice-president spots. The elections were dominated by Sumathipala's group as all their candidates were also elected to their respective posts.Arjuna R

Sumathipala, who has served as SLC president in the past, garnered 88 votes on Sunday against Nishantha's 56. Meanwhile, Arjuna, who led Sri Lanka to a World Cup win in 1996, was one of four contestants for the two vice-president posts. The 80 votes he received, however, were insufficient to guarantee a victory, and Jayantha Dharmadasa (102 votes) and K Mathivanan (90 votes) were elected instead. A fourth contestant Asanga Seneviratne received 18 votes.

The secretary's post went to Mohan de Silva, a former SLC president, who was elected unopposed after rival candidate Hirantha Perera withdrew.

Colombo Cricket Club president Shammi Silva received the highest votes at the election, garnering 115 votes to defeat Easman Narangoda (28 votes) for the post of treasurer.

Ravin Wickremaratne, former Panadura Sports Club fast bowler, received 113 votes and was elected assistant secretary. He beat former Sri Lanka fast bowler Nilantha Ratnayake by 80 votes.

Lalith Rambukwella received 108 votes and was elected assistant treasurer, over Nihal Lewke who managed only 36 votes. Two other contestants for the post, Aruna de Silva and Sujeewa Lokuhewa, withdrew.

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Sri Lanka Cricket appoints wOw.lk as its online ticket service provider

Posted on 10 November 2015 by admin


November 10, 2015. 


wOw.lk, Sri Lanka's premier e-commerce site, recently entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka Cricket to exclusively manage and operate an online ticketing portal for all international cricket matches hosted in Sri Lanka. From 9 October 2015 onwards, all tickets for matches in Sri Lanka, have been available online on www.wow.lk/srilankacricket and www.srilankacricket.lk. wOw.lk is owned and operated by Digital Commerce Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, the principle sponsor of Sri Lanka Cricket.


Commenting on this agreement, Ashley de Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket Opined, "Providing convenient and digital access mediums for our local fan base has always been a priority on the road map for us. We are very pleased to solicit the services of wOw.lk, a leader in this domain and a part of the Dialog Axiata Group to provide us with a hassle free online solution for cricket fans, which enables them to conveniently purchase tickets."

Since its inception in 1975 as a national sports body, Sri Lanka Cricket has been the governing authority of the game in the country. Operating under the mandate of the Ministry of Sports, Sri Lanka Cricket continuously strives to ensure the overall development of the game, at a grassroots and international level. All national and international cricket matches that are played in Sri Lanka come under the purview of Sri Lanka Cricket and all online purchases will now be redirected to the wOw.lk website.

Commenting on the partnership, Sheyantha Abeykoon, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Commerce Lanka (Pvt). Ltd., the company that owns and operates wOw.lk stated, "This is a watershed moment for the company as we partner and institution like Sri Lanka Cricket in providing an online seamless ticket booking process for cricket fans across the country. With this partnership, we'll be able to make tickets more accessible and we will also be able to make the purchasing process easier and more convenient for cricket fans. We see it as a pivotal part of our journey in trying to digitally enhance the lives of Sri Lankans across the country."

wOw.lk continuously evolves and initiates partnerships and special offers that meet the varied needs of the local online community. The website has been at the forefront of e-commerce innovation in Sri Lanka since its inception and continues to deliver a convenient virtual shopping experience to customers, providing them with a variety of affordable products and services. Backed by Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka's largest telecommunications service provider, wOw.lk is now one of the largest and most reputed e-commerce sites in the country.

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Investigative Report by Colombo Telegraph on Sri Lanka Cricket

Posted on 12 October 2015 by admin

Former Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake's pet Jayananda Warnaweera Out – Dad’s Pal Nuski Mohamed Next !

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By Marlon Dale Ferreira – Courtesy: Colombo Telegraph/October 12, 2015.

Marlon Dale Ferreira

Marlon Dale Ferreira

Minister Navin Dissanayake‘s pet Jayananda Warnaweera is finally out. He has been on the run for nine long years avoiding ICC Anti Corruption Security Unit officials on match fixing related charges since 2006. This too being in the protected custody of the big wigs of SLC all this time. Next on the cards is Minister Dissanayake’s Dad’s (the late Gamini Dissanayake) pal and former Mahameweli Secretary Nuski Mohamed, who is schedule to bid adieu hopefully soon. That’s if the current Minister of Sport Dayasiri Jayasekara cracks the whip on him too, like he has now done on Warnaweera.

It was Colombo Telegraph who initially exposed both Nuski Mohamed and Jayananda Warnaweera on the 26th of April in a story titled “Sri Lanka Cricket: Sports Minister Navin Breaks Own Rules For Nuski” which highlighted the facts that questioned the then Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake’s appointment of them to his handpicked Interim Committee. The expose of Warnaweera has now been proved right, with him being removed from all official dealings with the sport by Interim Committee Chairman Sidath Wettimuny and company and also debarred him from even entering the premises of his very own Galle Cricket Stadium. This was for his continuous avoidance in meeting ICC’S Anti-Corruption Security Unit officials who flew into the island for the second time in two months just recently. They were miffed by his disrespect so than his cowardice of meeting them.

When Minister Navin Dissanayake scrapped the entire Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in March 2015 and retained both Jayananda Warnaweera and Nuski Mohamed as Committee Members of his appointed Interim Committee then, he sent out a strong signal that the rest of the 20 odd Executive Committee Members were rogues, whilst these two were portrayed to be more holier than the Pope.

Quite correctly Minister Dissanayake has now been proved wrong.

When the then Sports Minister Dissanayake was contacted by telephone, he said he knew nothing of Warnaweera’s match fixing allegations and ACSU’s want of grilling him. In Nuski’s case Minister Dissanayake said that he had resigned from being a Director of SVA Agencies where he had direct dealings with the “Cricket Shop”, where millions of rupees of SLC monies were channeled through the purchase of cricket equipment over the years.

It was proved beyond reasonable doubt to him then, that Nuski Mohamed was in violation of the country’s Sports Law, but Minister Dissanayake chose to turn a blind eye.

In Jayananda Warnaweera’s case the turning tracks at the picturesque Galle Cricket Stadium, is similarly as picturesque for any fielding team who have witnessed the mysterious collapse of test sides in the past. These are such test teams who have gone on to lose matches from being in a seemingly strong position. We saw it as recently when Pakistan collapsed to lose a test match to Sri Lanka this year and the Indians shortly followed suit. So did the ICC’s ACSU officials, they saw it too.

Such cricket matches and the ensuing results always seemed suspect, similar to the suspect off cutters that the Galle Cricket Stadium’s curator Jayananda Warnaweera bowled during his playing days.

Now the sudden resignation of the former Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake’s ‘golden boy’ Warnaweera and his subsequent withdrawal from all forms of the sport by Sri Lanka Cricket comes as no surprise. That is at least to the ICC’s ACSU Officials.

The ICC’s ACSU had hounded this alleged ‘match fixer’ Warnaweera for the past nine long years and time was running out fast for Southerner.

Speculation is rife that many bookies and informants were evicted from the Galle Cricket Stadium during the series Sri Lanka played against both Pakistan and India. This was mainly due to the anticiapted and aggressive drive that the ICC’s ACSU officials played and were supported well by Sri Lanka Cricket’s Head of Anti Corruption Retired SSP Lakshman De Silva.

There is much more than what’s read in the main stream media, as now startling evidence has surfaced, as to how Warnaweera had been protected and shielded all this time from the Anti-Corruption Officials.

It usually takes the skinning of around eight to ten rabbits to make up the famous Australian furry felt hat the “Akubra”, one similar to that worn by Warnaweera as he used to strut around the grounds on match days. However beneath that hat lay the brain that was craftily used to deceive many a batsmen with a dubious bowling action during his playing days. There was also that one faster ball that he always chucked in his over that usually deceived the batsman and the umpire too. The ball I am referring to is the one he hurled at a faster pace that left many a batsman shaking his head in disbelief, as he walked back to the pavilion. They were either bowled through the gate or trapped plumb in front. But those perhaps who were deceived the most were not the batsmen. They were the punters. They were the ones that lost much money when the team they backed collapsed mysteriously and the ensuing result turned on its head rather than the spinning track of Galle, especially on days four and five.

It was the ICC’s ACSU officials who first intimated their want of questioning Warnaweera in 2006 and officially wrote to the then Interim Committee Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa.

However Prakash Schaffter the current Secretary in the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, who was incidentally in Jayantha Dharmadasa’s committee then in 2006, said that he never knew anything regarding the ACSU’s request and as a matter of fact had never seen the official email. He said this when he was contacted on the 9th of October 2015.

That’s strange and a tad hard to believe, as this writer has had a copy of that email request in his possession for quite some time now.

Jayantha Dharmadasa was the President of the Galle Cricket Stadium then and with no prizes for guessing, Jayananda Warnaweera was his club Secretary.

Bigger rogues have been protected at SLC some would say.

As in Warnaweera’s case he had a trump card up his sleeve that had any Chairman of SLC have him kept wrapped in cotton wool. That was the crucial number of Galle District cricket club votes that he had firmly in his control, that even made Arjuna Ranatunga our Mr. Clean, D.S.De Silva and even Upali Dharmadasa pretend they never knew anything of this sort for the next eight years.

Why should they? They all had more to lose than gain in turning Warnaweera in. Pretending they never knew of this ACSU request was suitably their best option, with always an AGM scheduled around the corner during their terms.

But the critical question is this. Why was the initial email and request made by ICC’s ACSU to Jayantha Dharmadasa disregarded and shelved for at the beginning and also for so long?

ICC’s Anti-Corruption Officers swamped Colombo in their quest to get hold of Warnaweera in September last month, when they stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo. Warnaweera promised to attend the requested meeting and at last minute he backed out.

The officials returned a second time again in early October or rather a few days back. This time Warnaweera was officially served a letter and had responded in the affirmative that he will be present. The ICC ACSU officials stayed at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel Colombo this time. Warnaweera never turned up for this meeting too and the ICC Officials left back to their head quarters in Dubai a second time within two months, still not being able to grill the Galle curator.

“Strangely Warnaweera submitted a letter resigning from the post of Interim Committee Member of SLC, it appeared that the letter was back dated” said an official from SLC on condition of anonymity.

Interim Committee Chairman Sidath Wettimuny then instructed that Warnaweera be instantly relieved of all dealings with SLC and the sport of cricket in all forms, especially his role as the curator of the Galle Cricket Stadium.

He was even banned from entering even his own hallowed club of over two decades in Galle.

However what sources from within SLC has confirmed is that Warnaweera is in for bigger trouble with the ICC for failure to meet their officials, than the alleged charge of match fixing itself.

So now after nine long years the Chairman of the current Interim Committee Sidath Wettimuny is being praised for getting rid of Warnaweera. But then again if our ‘Lords Hero’ is to get any further praise as an official, he ought to be consistent in his decision making process, as much as he was consistent in protecting his wicket for two long days on days one and two in scoring that majestic knock of 190 odd runs against England somewhere in the 80’s.

Hot on the heels now comes a press conference organized by SLC and scheduled for Monday the 12th of October 2015, where SLC’s Official Health Care Partner is to be announced. Nawaloka has been picked over Hemas which is quite understandable, especially for its location rather than the services it provides.

However the catch here is that this crucial decision was made by the Executive Committee of SLC in 2014, to award the contract to Nawaloka Hospitals where strangely Jayantha Dharmadasa himself was at the helm at both the cricket abode and also Nawaloka Hospitals too.

If this then is not a major conflict of interest and going against the norms of ethics, then Nuski Mohamed should be bestowed sainthood whilst still alive. That is simply for the role he has played supplying cricket equipment to the tune of millions of rupees under the guise of his immediate family members who own the sports good store the ‘Cricket Shop’. Even his attempt of transferring his shares and resigning from the post could not cover this sordid act, as it was proved beyond reasonable doubt that his replacement as the director of SVA Agencies shares his own personal home address 3/16 Kynsey Road in Colombo 8.

The three man investigative committee of lawyers comprising Ravi Algama, Waruna Mallawaarachchi and Jaliya Bodinagoda, who were appointed to look into the fraudulent affairs of SLC have already handed in their final report.

In it, it is reliably learnt that even they have highlighted that awarding the Health Care Partner contract to Nawaloka Hospitals is not the right thing to do. But sadly it is all signed, sealed and delivered and is to be only officially announced.

It has been well over two weeks since the lawyers’ findings and their report has been submitted and should be worth a read especially as they were paid a whopping sum of Rs 3.6 million (thirty six lakhs) as their professional fees. That is six lakhs more than Lawyer J.A.Weliamuna was paid to investigate Sri Lankan Airlines earlier this year.

it is reported that one copy was submitted to the Minister who appointed them probe SLC, Navin Dissanayake and two other copies were presented to the current Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara.

We caught a glimpse of how sport dwindled in this country both locally and internationally when Minister Navin Dissanayake held the country’s sport leash and made blunder after blunder in the few months he was control. That was the time he even permitted his Mum and her Kennel Association dogs to also run amok at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium for a pittance of the regular price usually charged. He was also more interested in hurriedly signing off a mega multi million dollar deal with a Chinese company to build the thrice cancelled high altitude sport training center in the heart of Nuwara Eliya.

If the decision to axe Warnaweera is anything to go by the powers wielded by the new Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, then perhaps sport in Sri Lanka may be heading in the right direction.

It perhaps may be the opportune time now for Minister Jayasekara to also play the game by the rules and treat all fair and square.

If he stays consistent and does what is required of him, then it would be only a matter of time before even Minister Dissanayake’s father’s buddy Nuski Mohamed also receives his marching orders, like Warnaweera did, and be held accountable for violating the country’s Sport Law.



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Milinda Siriwardena, Kusal Mendis included in Lanka test squad

Posted on 11 October 2015 by admin


Two uncapped players, all rounder Milinda Siriwardana and 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis have been named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the two-Test series against West Indies.

Siriwardana had been expected to make an appearance in the squad, having made an encouraging start to his international career in the limited-overs formats, in addition to top-scoring in the most recent first-class season.

Mendis’ selection is a bit surprising. He had led Sri Lanka’s Under-19 team in last year’s Youth World Cup, but has only hit one hundred and one fifty in 16 first-class innings so far. Both Mendis and Siriwardana are playing in the ongoing three-day practice match against the West Indians.

Mendis’ recent performances in the Moin-ud-Dowlah tournament in India, where he captained the Sri Lanka Development XI, had helped push him into Test contention, chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardana said. Mendis hit 156, 52 and 47 in his three innings in the tournament.

“Kusal Mendis has been on our radar for a while,” Wijegunawardana said. “We felt that he earned a spot in the Test squad with the way he has been batting, and the way he batted on the recent tour to India. All the selectors have assessed his skill levels to be quite good and are backing him.”

Mendis and Siriwardana displace two more experienced batsmen from the squad. Upul Tharanga has been dropped despite a decent home record in the past two years. Jehan Mubarak has also been replaced, after making the squad for the two recent series against Pakistan and India.

The remainder of the squad holds few surprises. Tharindu Kaushal retains his position after having had his doosra banned recently – but he was always expected to remain in the side on the strength of this offbreaks. Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera are the other frontline spin options.

Sri Lanka’s top order looks unlikely to undergo drastic change, though each of the top six is likely to be under 30 years of age. Lahiru Thirimanne retains his position in the squad and remains vice-captain although he has only averaged 21.09 in the home Test season. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva look set to rejoin each other at the top of the order after a brief break from opening together in the last Test against India. Kusal Perera’s impressive Test debut, in which he hit two valuable fifties, will likely see him claim a place in the XI as well.

Seamer Suranga Lakmal has regained fitness after missing the series against India due to a side strain, and joins Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep and Dushmantha Chameera in the squad. Shaminda Eranga remains unavailable after picking up his third major injury this year, in his groin. There is no place for left-armer Vishwa Fernando, who was in the squad for the India series.

Sri Lanka will have to decide whether Kusal takes the gloves or whether Dinesh Chandimal keeps. In the most recent Test, Chandimal had been sent up the order and relieved of the gloves, while Kusal put in an underwhelming performance behind the stumps.

The first Test begins in Galle on Wednesday 14 October, before the teams move to the P Sara Oval for the second encounter.


Sri Lanka Test squad:

Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera.

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Sidath Wettimuny to head Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee

Posted on 01 April 2015 by admin

SLC to clear financial irregularities before AGM – SAJEEWA JAYAKODY writing to the Daily News on 2nd April, 2015.

The newly-appointed Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee is to focus clearing the alleged financial irregularities and investigating into the TV Right Deals, which is said to have occurred during the tenure of the former Board, Sports and Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayake said at the SLC Headquarters in Colombo.

After the International Cricket Council warned newly-appointed Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee on Monday, the appointed members assumed duties yesterday.

“We don’t think of holding an election this time. It will complicate the whole process. We don’t want any complications. “We are definitely bringing in transparency into SLC administration, TV Right deals and also the ICC money that is coming and how it is going to be spent,” the Minister said.

“I have appointed a three-member fact finding committee to go into the TV Rights deals, particularly the CSN case and certain financial irregularities. “If there are any financial irregularities, we wish to clear it up,” Minister Dissanayake told the press.

“We have a big question, as to why such huge amount of money, which was given by the ICC to SLC had been managed improperly during the previous Board, ” he queried.

A few months ago, Sri Lanka Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti complaint against the previous Board.

“We expect the new Interim Committee to investigate the alleged charges leveled by Handunnetti to the Bribery Commission.”

“This is not a long term committee. I wish to go for elections after the stage is set properly cleaning the alleged irregularities.”

The minister responded to the charges leveled against him for appointing an Interim Committee.

“According to Article 32, 33 and 34 of the Sri Lanka Sports Law, I have the authority to appoint an interim committee.”

“SLC had been run by Interim Committees most of the time for the last decade, but I am not saying it is fair. Until the alleged misappropriation of funds are investigated, this committee would go on.”

Sri Lanka Cricket will be receiving a sum of US Dollars 16 million from the ICC in the near future.

Just after Sri Lanka won the Twenty20 World Cup last year, both Sri Lanka stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara openly criticized former SLC administration for the continued difficulties they faced as players.

“Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara faced numerous problems by the previous committee, ” the Minister said.

The Minister urged Kumar Sangakkara, who quit from the limited over version to continue playing Test cricket for at least another year.

“I urge Kumar Sangakkara to continue Test cricket at least for one more year,” Dissanayake said.

“It has been a long distinguished and diplomatic relationship with the ICC since we gained Test status in 1981. We will never have a rift with the ICC. All problems will be solved through negotiations with ICC,” the Minister said.

“We have already spoken to ICC Chief Executive David Richardson and hope to speak to ICC Chairman Sirinivasan soon. We expect to meet him in the near future as we wish to go ahead without problems.”

“Most past cricketers, administrators and especially the public is happy with this decision to appoint professionals to the committee.”

“There are no God Fathers in SLC. Cricket is for people of this country. So, people need a change in this system.” I have given permission to the committee to take free and fair decisions,” the Minister said.

Sidath Wettimuny, the former Sri Lankan opener, has been appointed head of a nine-member interim committee to carry out functions of Sri Lanka Cricket. The committee, established by Navin Dissanayake, Sri Lanka's sports minister, will be effective from Wednesday (April 1) and function until an election is held or until further notice. Prakash Schaffter was appointed secretary of the interim committee while Lucille Wijewardena was made treasurer. Kushil Gunasekara and Kapila Wijewardena were named vice-presidents. Nuzki Mohamed, Prasanna Jayawardena, Jayananda Warnaweera and Duminda Hulangamuwa are the other members.

The elections for SLC's office-bearers usually happen before March 31 every year, but this year's election was postponed to April 30 due to the World Cup. The appointments to all posts held by the current office-bearers, including that of president, held by Jayantha Dharmadasa, were cancelled. Mohamed and Warnaweera were the only members who were retained in the new committee.

"I'm not going for an election at this stage because the time is right to unify and not to further divide an already fractured SLC," wrote Dissanayake in a Facebook post. "I know Sidath will do an excellent job. I've also appointed a mix of cricketers, professionals and administrators to assist Sidath [sic] in this very challenging role."

Wettimuny, 58, played 23 Tests and 35 One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka between 1982 and 1987.


Sri Lanka sports minister Navin Dissanayake has appointed a nine-member interim committee headed by former Test opener Sidath Wettimuny to run Sri Lanka Cricket, effective from April 1. The committee was established because the posts held by current office bearers, led by president Jayantha Dharmadasa, had become null and void. The laws governing all sports bodies in the country require annual elections to be held on or before March 31. SLC's elections, however, were postponed until the end of April due to the World Cup, which ended on March 29. The interim committee's time in power has not been specified, but it is expected to last not more than six months. Wettimuny has been a member of several interim committees in the past but this is the first time he has been asked to head one. He is expected to carry out the functions of the SLC until elections are held or until further notice, according to a Sports Ministry release. The Minister has included two members who held positions during Dharmadasa's period as president – Nuski Mohamed (who was treasurer) and Jayananda Warnaweera (ExCo member) in the interim committee. Two other former interim committee members, Kushil Gunasekara and Prakash Schaffter, have been appointed vice-president and secretary respectively. Lucille Wijewardena (treasurer), Kapila Wijegunawardena (vice-president), Prasanna Jayawardena of the President's Council and Duminda Hulangamuwa (both committee members) are the others members of the interim committee. Sports Ministry sources have stated that the Minister Dissanayake took this decision to unify and not further divide an already fractured SLC and that elections would not be held until the time is right. Sri Lanka cricket was run under an interim administration for several years until the ICC brought a rule two years ago that such committees, which are appointed by the country's government would not be recognised.

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ESPN reports Mark Ramprakash is among frontrunner to become Sri Lanka’s head coach

Posted on 06 September 2014 by admin

Middlesex batting coach Mark Ramprakash is among the frontrunners to become Sri Lanka's head coach, but he is also set to be in talks with the ECB about a possible role with England shortly. Ramprakash will be interviewed by SLC over the next few days, along with seven other shortlisted candidates.

Interim coach Marvan Atapattu is also a candidate for the Sri Lanka job, having overseen Sri Lanka's Test and ODI series victories over England and Pakistan. Former Australia and South Africa coach Mickey Arthur, and former Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons are among other high-profile names being considered.

The ECB has been impressed with Ramprakash, and is set to consider a minor reshuffle in the coaching structure following the end of the team's international season. Graham Thorpe is England's current batting coach, but he is understood to be reluctant to tour. Ramprakash has already been seen in the nets with the England players this summer, in an unofficial capacity.

While SLC is also excited by Ramprakash, the board could be unable to match the ECB's remuneration if England also offer Ramprakash a role. SLC has already been out-competed by the ECB this year, when Paul Farbrace was offered the England assistant coach job in April. Since then, Sri Lanka have also seen some of their other coaches leave the local set-up to go to Bangladesh, in part for better salaries.

SLC had received over 15 applications for the head coach role, with Atapattu believed to be the only local to have applied. An eight-member committee which includes chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, and cricket committee chairman Ranjit Fernando has been appointed to conduct interviews and nominate the next coach.

As it stands, a faction within this committee believes that Atapattu is the strongest candidate for the job, given his recent track record, his intimate knowledge of the local system, and because SLC can afford him. However, there are also strident concerns among key decision-makers, both in the committee and in SLC, that he is not yet ready for the position.

If Atapattu does not get the job, Sri Lanka will have their eighth head coach – permanent or interim – in the last four years. A foreign coach will also have just a little over three months with the side before the World Cup begins in February.

It is understood that SLC hopes to have a coach contracted at least six weeks before Sri Lanka's next international series at home, against England in November. That series is also England's next international assignment following the Twenty20 international against India on Sunday.


Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando, George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo


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