Exposed! On Sumathipala’s order, Mohan De Silva passes resolution to extend Gurusinha’s contract

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Thilanga Sumathipala, the notorious former president of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) is manipulating big time in board working again and is interfering in every decision, take by the Executive committee (ExCo).

Cricket Age is continuely publishing how the extension of Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief Cricket operating officer Asanka Gurusinha has created a havoc.

SLC Top officials are not in favour to retain Asanka Gurusinha, who has turned an epic failure in all his responsibilities, ever since brought by Sumathipala in 2017.

The decision on Gurusinha was supposed to be taken at SLC ExCo meeting on Friday (August 16).

However, Sumathipala, as immediate past President, opposed the decision and forced ExCo members to evaluate Gurusinha’s tenure.

More shockingly, on Monday, SLC secretary Mohan De Silva circulated a resolution of retaining Gurusinha, that too without the consent of board President Shammi Silva!

Cricket Age has the access of that mail, sent by Mohan De Silva, that reads:

“Dear all,

Please refer to the email sent by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala – immediate past President SLC – which is self explanatory.

Since this matter relating to Mr. Asanka Gurusinha extension was unresolved at the last Executive Committee meeting held on 16th August 2019, I shall thank you to kindly send me your response within 24 hours from receipt of this mail.

In the event that no response is received within the stipulated time, it will be assumed that you are in favour of the proposal forwarded by the Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala and action to be taken accordingly.”

The email clearly proves that Sumathipala, who could not contest SLC election, due to his family’s involvement in betting and gambling, has again taken the board on ransom and is acting as a dictator.

The reality is that at SLC high performance centre at Khetterama, as incharge, Gurusinha has paralyzed Sri Lanka Cricket.

At Khetterama, his responsibility was to assigning and supervising all the High performance coaches. However, majority of coaches were not happy with him, largely due to his inability to identify their talents and strengths.

Under Gurusinha’s supervision at Khetterama, Sri Lanka Cricket lost more coaches than nurturing!

During his tenure, he didn’t recommended quality coaches like Piyal Wijetunge, Lanka Silva, Rohitha Perera and Ajith Ekanayaka, thus their contracts were not renewed.

More than his failure to deliver results, it’s Gurusinha’s dictatorship that has forced SLC to not renew his contract.

“He likes to dictate terms and don’t listen to others. That’s why, HPC turned a white elephant for Sri Lanka cricket under his supervision” one HPC coach had told Cricket Age few days ago.

However, for Sumathipala, interest of Sri Lanka Cricket comes secondary, as looking after his loyal’s self interest has always been his top priority. The chief architect in destroying Sri Lanka cricket for decades, Sumathipala has become notorious for backing wrong person’s.

Those, who can not deliver results or can not contribute to Sri Lanka Cricket, goes to Punchi Borella for their survival and worship Sumathipala. And, then Sumathipala starts his manipulation and further destroys Sri Lanka Cricket in order to protect his loyal’s interests. Now, in Gurusinha’s case, he is doing the same!

The Chief destroyer of Sri Lanka Cricket has returned again to paralyze the progress of the game in the Island, when the national team’s are again returning on winning track!


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