SLC unlikely to renew Gurusinha contract

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) are unlikely to renew former batsman and member of the 1996 world cup winning team Asanka Gurusinha’s contract as Chief Cricket Operations officer, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Gurusinha’s, who is overseeing SLC’s high performance unit and brain centre operations and well as international and women’s cricket affairs since April 2018, contract ends tomorrow (August 14) and board top administrators are on the opinion to not extend it.

“Gurusinha has failed miserably to contribute to Sri Lanka cricket in any of his capacity. Therefore, there is no reason to continue with him, especially when we are going to overhaul entire coaching staff” a senior SLC administrator told Cricket Age.

Despite being brought in a managerial capacity initially, Gurusinha had seen his responsibilities grow from being part of the selection committee to having a more hands-on approach in team affairs.

After St. Lucia incident in June 2018, Gurusinha relinquished his international duties as team manager and took over as Chief Cricket operations officer.

However, his inability to deliver results, particularly as head of high performance centre at Khetterama, weakened his claim for an extension.

According to sources, during Gurusinha’s tenure at Khetterama, high performance centre hit a new low, as he failed miserably to identify coaches talent and strengths!

“His responsibility was to ssigning and supervising all the High performance coaches at HPC. However, majority of coaches were not happy with him” a HPC coach told Cricket Age in term of anonymity.

More than his failure to deliver results, however, it’s Gurusinha’s dictatorship that will cost him his job.

“He likes to dictate terms and doesn’t listen to others. That’s why, HPC turned a white elephant for Sri Lanka cricket under his supervision” the HPC coach added further.

Cricket Age understands that SLC are negotiating with former national team coach Dave Whatmore to bring as Gurusinha’s successor. However, his salary demand (25000 USD per month) could spoil SLC plans.

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