The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) on Friday deferred decision on its Chief Cricket Operations officer Asanka Gurusinha contract extension till evaluation, Cricket Age reliably learns. The decision was taken during SLC ExCo meeting, where Gurusinha’s matter was officially discussed.
Gurusinha’s, who is overseeing SLC’s high performance unit and brain centre operations as well as international and women’s cricket affairs since April 2018, contract ended on August 14 and board top administrators are on the opinion to not extend it.
However, former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala is strongly backing Gurusinha and is trying his best to save his loyal’s job.
“Gurusinha’s contract was over on 14th August. In today’s ExCo, no decision was taken to extend it. So, for the moment, he is not associated with board” a senior SLC administrator told Cricket Age after ExCo meeting.
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!