The attempted fraud of 5.5 million dollars by an employee of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has become one of the most talked about issue in cricket fraternity. Though, SLC is trying to sweep it under carpet by giving lame excuses like email hacking, the truth is that this fraud attempt is a result of incompetent finance division. And, former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala led administration played a major role in deliberately weakening finance division by bringing their favourites, who were not only incompetence, but were unqualified as well.
According to sources, past SLC committee’s had recruited some of the top most qualified chartered accountants for the finance division. Chandramali Korale, Daksha and Sudesh were some of the most qualified, honest and transparent accountants, were recruited by previous committees.
However, after Sumathipala led administration took over in 2015, they started a campaign to remover these qualified employees.
It was a well planned conspiracy by Sumathipala, then treasurer Shammi Silva and Chairman of finance division Mohammed Nuski.
Especially, Korale was the most respected, transparent qualified chartered accountant, even then Sumathipala, Shammi Silva and Nuski Mohammed removed her by not renewing her contract and brought one of their favourite in her place, who is now suspected as main culprit of 5.5 million dollars fraud attempt. SLC early revenue is approximately 20 Million Rupees, so it needs qualified and competent chartered accountant. However, on the behalf of Sumathipala, his close friend and former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara changed the SLC clause and permitted for a normal accountant. It was shockingly, because Shammi Silva was himself not a qualified accountant and doesn’t know anything about the accounting.
Not only Korale, Sumathipala, Shammi Silva and Nuski Mohammed deliberately removed other qualified employees from the finance division as well, like Daksha and Sudesh. Daksha is the wife of SLC international cricket manager Chandima Mapatuna, even then Sumathipala and Co. Got rid of her, as she was not fitting to their scheme of things!
Most shockingly, by removing them, Sumathipala and Co brought their favourites, who all are now suspected in this 5.5 million dollars attempted fraud!