As Thilanga Sumathipala, the president of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) Is busy in his political things, it seems that the board officials are taking full advantage of this. In the latest episode, During the Premier league tournament, all the High performance coaches of SLC have been doing commentary, Cricket Age learns.
After the hiring of the Simon Willis, SLC started ‘High Performance Centre at Khetterama. Motive of the centre (according to SLC) was to identify young talents from outstations and sharpen their skills at the centre. Simon Willis couldn’t Scout a single young talent, even though he has been getting an ‘Unimaginable’ Salary from the SLC.
However, Now, as after the arrival of Chandika Hathurusingha as the ‘Messiah’, Simon Willis has tendered his resignation and has given three months notice to SLC, all the high performance coaches have been left with no assignments.
So, Now as he has already lost the interest in Sri Lanka cricket related things due to continues pressure from two top officials of SLC, all the high performance coaches under him have been asked by ‘someone’ powerful within the SLC to go and do the commentatory for Premier league tournament matches.
SLC has Hashan Tillakaratne, Roy Dias, Raveendra Pushpakumara, Avishka Gunawardane, Chamila Gamage, Piyal Wijethunge, Oshadee weerasinghe, Hemantha Devapriya, Sumitra Warnakulasuriya, Upul Chandana, Chaminda Vaas, T.Gamage, Ajit Ekanayake, Nick Pothas, Nuwan Gunawardane, Manoj Abeywickrama, and Nuwan Zoysa as high performance coaches.
Apart from that, Lanka De silva, Sunil Fernando (as Talent Managers cum coaches) and Anura Tennakoon (as Talent Manager) are also associated with high performance centre.
Now, lot of them are busy doing the commentatory in the premier league tournament! And to make things worse, according to sources, they are not even getting paid for the commenatory.
When, Cricket Age inquired about the whole saga, Ravin Wickramarathne, the powerful and controversial Assistant Secretary of SLC, claimed that All the Coaches were instructed by the SLC to do the commenatory for the production house. He also claimed that ‘That’ production house has been listed as SLC’s internal production.
However, when Cricket Age inquired with one of the top SLC official denied it throughly and said its not SLC’s internal production, and only radio is SLC internal production.