The Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has swept Under 19 Team’s whisky bottles investigation under carpet after failing to make School Cricket Association Secretary Dilshan De Silva a scapegoat, Cricket Age exclusively learns.
On November 19, Cricket Age had published a story, exposing how a team management member ordered returning players (after the conclusion of 4-day matches) to carry custom free whiksy bottles with them, along with other accessories like – mens trouser boxes. Cricket Age also exposed that only two team management members – manager and junior selector Farveez Maharoof and school cricket association secratary Dilshan De Silva – were aware about the whisky bottles matter.
After Cricket Age expose, SLC secretary Mohan De Silva immediately ordered for an inquiry in this serious matter. However, as the investigation unfolded, it emerged that Dilshan is carrying all the evidences that brings the truth, SLC stopped the investigation midway through.
According to sources, as Dilshan De Silva has always raised his voice against wrongdoings of SLC, the Supreme Authority of Sri Lanka cricket Thilanga Sumathipala had conspired to bury him through the investigation. That was the main reason, Mohan De Silva, a loyal of Punchi Borella, initiated the inquiry, by appointing two Anti corruption officials in the investigation panel. In the initial phase, everything was going according to plan, as on one of team management member’s influence, another school cricket association representative, who is against Dilshan De Silva, pressurized Under 19 players to hide the truth. However, when SLC summoned Dilshan De Silva, he provided all the evidences that proved that not him, but another person was the main culprit of the shameful whisky bottles saga. Not surprisingly, right after that, Mohan De Silva stopped the investigation.
Interestingly, few days ago, in another episode, Mohan De Silva lodged CID complain about 6-days CCTV footage deleting scam at SLC, but later tried to withdraw that complain also.