The Sri Cricket Board (SLC) has approved an additional allowance for national team’s controversial manager and chief selector Asantha De Mel, Cricket Age reliably learns.
On February 13, Cricket Age had published that the board has decided to bar selectors from going on overseas tours, after a bitter experience with Farveez Maharoof and Vinothen John.
Chief selector Asantha, however, not only be retained as national team manager, his request for additional allowance has also been approved, despite the fact that he is already drawing a big salary from the board for his biased and manipulative selections!
According to sources, as a chief selector, Asantha is drawing a salary of 3 Lakh per month. As a manager, meanwhile, he gets an allowance of 75$ per day from the SLC and another 50$ from the host Cricket Board, while on overseas tour. Now, an additional allowance has also been granted to him, despite his epic failure not only as a manager, but as a chief selector also.
A biased chief selector who depends on his so called political connections for his survival, Asantha’s decision to appoint veteran Upul Tharanga as Sri Lanka President XI Captain for two warm up matches against touring West Indies proves again that he has no clue or at least doesn’t care of the selection criteria. Tharanga, a legend during his peak time, has clearly passed his prime and offers nothing to national team in moving forward. However, in Asantha’s book, the logical selection never exists!