Thilanga Sumathipala, the discarded former president of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) is trying his hard to bring himself back at Maitland place. In the latest attempt, Sumathipala went behind one of the top most politician of the country to win his trust back, Cricket Age reliably learns.
Sumathipala led administration had to leave the SLC on May 31st, due to failing the election on time. Since then, Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha has taken over the board and his secretary Kamal Padmasiri is running day to day affairs as competent authority.
According to sources, few days ago Sumathipala, along with his closest associate Sujeewa Godaliyadda, went behind the top politician to convince him to support him once again to get back to SLC. During the meeting, Sumathipala even promised top politician to build a Stadium in Polonnaruwa, if he makes a comeback at SLC.
In addition, Sumathipala also reminded the top politician that he was always supportive to certain political campaigns and made big ‘contributions‘.
Cricket Age reliably learns that after listening to Sumathipala, the top politician called Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha and told him to not take ongoing 5.5 million dollars fraud attempt further. However, Sports Minister replied that it has already become a international controversy and CID and FCID are also investing, so its very difficult for him to sweep it under the carpet Now!
The most surprising thing is that just few days ago, Sumathipala was seen in former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa protest rally, who has been considered as the rivalry of that top politician.
It is noteworthy that Sumathipala Monopoly at SLC relies on his political influence. For ling, he has been the undisputed king of SLC despite the Cricket is on ventilator! The sole reason of his dominance is his political ‘Guardians’, Who wants to keep SLC under their feet for their own benefits.
In order to remain at SLC forever, he has created a atmosphere, which suits only to him. As Faizer Predecessor Dayasiri Jayasekara proved the biggest supporter of Sumathipala, he modified constitution of the SLC for his monopoly. With Dayasiri, Sumathipala doubled the domestic clubs for voting purpose, and this decision has been proven fatal for the game in the Island, as the quality of the game suffered big time.