Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has finally managed to secure the hotel rooms for the national team for the second test at Kandy to be played from November 14th. Cricket Age learns that SLC head of administration Aruna De Silva was responsible for all the mess up, as he couldn’t communicate with Earl Regency in a proper manner.
On 1st November, Cricket Age had published the news that SLC is mulling over to shift the second test to Colombo, after five star hotel in Kandy Earl Regency refused to give rooms to Sri Lanka team.
According to sources, SLC had sent a purchase order to Earl Regency in September itself. However Aruna De Silva messed it up with miscommunication between Earl and tour operator Aitken Spence.
As a head of administration at SLC and head of tour organizing committee for England tour, Aruna De Silva could not place things in proper way, thus painted wrong image of the board in such a high profile series.
It is noteworthy that Aruna De Silva is considered as one of the close associate of former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala. After Sumathipala’s departure from the SLC on May 31st, Aruna De Silva has mysteriously been involved in ruining the image of the board time and again. During the South Africa series in August, he was accused of leaking some confidential facts about Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha’s complimentary tickets distribution. Last month, he manipulated things with Sri Lanka’s leading car dealer Carmart to get an updated version of luxury vehicle without any extra cost. Interestingly, Carmart belongs to Sumathipala’s relative’s.