Thilanga Sumathipala, the embarrassingly discarded former president of Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), is still trying to control board day-to-day working from his residence at Punchi Borella even after country’s Sports Minister Harin Fernando has gazetted him out.
In the latest episode of Sumathipala’s never ending manipulation, on Tuesday he summoned SLC’s National Development Center (NDC) head Kamal Dharmasiri to Punchi Borella with all the files of the center.
According to sources, Dharmasiri took all the files and went for Punchi Borella. However, in dramatic circumstances, SLC President Shammi Silva got to know about the Sumathipala’s order to Dharmasiri. An angry Shammi Silva called Dharmasiri and ordered him to return to SLC with all the files.
It is noteworthy that Harin Fernando Thursday (August 22) signed the gazette to introduce regulations to bring Sri Lanka in line with International Cricket Council (ICC) provisions that ban individuals with connections to gambling firms from Sport’s administration.
The changes appear aimed at Sumathipala, who himself has admitted in parliament that his family is involved in betting and gambling. In this scenario, after new gazette, Sumathipala’s dream to rule the SLC forever is crashed officially.
However, instead of accepting the decision as law abiding citizen after Sports Ministry’s gazette and directive, Sumathipala is still shamelessly trying to control the SLC by continuesly interfering in its functioning!