During Thilanga Sumathipala’s disastrous two years regime at Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), one of his particular associate Ravin Wickramaratne was the most controversial administrators, as his involvement was exposed in domestic match fixing and countless overseas tours as assistant secretary of the board.
Now, Sumathipala has been perished, but Ravin is still flying high, though in different field. Few days ago, country’s President Maithripala Sirisena had ‘mysteriously’ appointed him as his representative at Rupavahini Corporation to look after his ‘interests’.
Immediately, Ravin has started manipulating things!
In his latest attempt to fulfill his Boss Sumathipala’s agendas, Ravin has instructed Rupavahini staff to bycot the heroes of Sri Lanka’s greatest ODI triumph in 1996.
Currently, the ICC 2019 World Cup trophy is in Sri Lanka. As the ICC event broadcaster, Rupavahini is authorized to organize ICC trophy’s entire tour of Sri Lanka. Accordingly, country’s President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to meet all the players of 1996 world Cup winning players at his residence today to handing over the ICC trophy to head of states.
However, Ravin has deliberately made sure that none of the world cup winning player would be invited. He personally instructed Rupavahini staff to not to invite them by saying that it is not that much important.
“Right after his appointment, he is trying to interfere in other’s territories and our staff members are already sensing his intentions” a Rupavahini staff member told Cricket Age.
However, when director general of Rupavahini came to know about Ravin’s intentions, he personally called most of the world cup winning members and invited them for the event.
“It seems, on Sumathipala’s instructions, Ravin is trying to create a dispute between us and honorable President” one of the world cup winning member told Cricket Age.
Yesterday also, during the opening ceremony of ICC trophy at Independence Square, only four players of the world cup winning squad were present there. Cricket Age learns that Ravin didn’t bother to invite most of the players for the ceremony as well.