SLC CEO Ashley De Silva Fly to South Africa amid team’s poor show

Written by Rohit Pawar

As rumors of national team head coach Chandika Hathurasingha’s sacking after the ODI series against South Africa are spreading like a wildfire, Ashley De Silva, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) CEO, has left for South Africa to meet the team, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Currently Sri Lanka is involved in a five match ODI series against South Africa and have already lost the trophy after losing four matches in a trot. Even though, Sri Lanka somehow managed to win the test series 2-0, on the back of individual miracle of Kusal Perera, in ODIs, the team is looking completely out of sorts.

More worryingly, Sri Lanka team is looking divided in at least four camps within the dressing room, as Hathurasingha has turned out complete incompetent to sort out player’s matters.

After another ODI series defeat, there are rumors in Sri Lanka that Hathurusingha Will be recalled and fielding coach is likely to take over for T20Is.

When Cricket Age inquired, it learnt that more than defeats, the SLC has taken Hathurasingha’s attitude issues more seriously.

“After taking over the SLC by winning the election on February 21st, the newly elected administration couldn’t meet Hathurusingha as he has been with the team for overseas tours. So, the administration immediately wants to have a discussion with him regarding his world cup plans” a top SLC Official had told Cricket Age yesterday.

Hired by Former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala in December 2017, Hathurusingha has turned out a complete disaster for Sri Lanka cricket, when he had been expected to uplift the standard of the team. In his tenure, Sri Lanka has become a laughing stock in shorter format cricket and right now is placed well below Afghanistan and Bangladesh. More importantly, his own behavior and arrogance with SLC officials, selection committee have irked everyone in Sri Lanka cricket.

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