Sri Lanka Junior Selector Dilshan De Silva Banned for life from School Cricket Association

Written by Sumit Seth

Dilshan De Silva, member of Sri Lanka junior selection committee, has been given a life ban by the School Cricket Association over his involvement in various fraudulent activities, Cricket Age reliably learns.

The decision was taken during a School Cricket Association ExCo on Wednesday, chaired by president Oshada Panditharatna.

According to sources, Dilshan was suspended few months ago as well, for involving in sending an illegal school team to overseas and collecting money from players parents. However, Dilshan brought a stay order against the suspension, though remained non-functional after that.

Cricket Age understands that after fresh allegations against him, the School Cricket Association appointed a three member disciplinary committee. Based on Committee’s recommendations, on Wednesday, School Cricket Association ExCo members handed him a life time ban.

A multitasking person like Sri Lanka former all rounder and present junior selector cum manager Farveez Maharoof, Dilshan conduct was always suspected! According to sources, like Maharoof, he was good for nothing, was just focusing on monetary aspects. As a secretary of School Cricket Association, he was getting monthly allowance of Rs. 35,000, paid by Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC). In addition, as a junior selector also he was getting another allowance from the SLC, even though, just like Maharoof, was contributing nothing.

Few months ago, Cricket Age had published a story, exposing ‘Whiskey Bottles and Denim jackets‘ importing scandal during U19 team’s tour of Bangladeh. Not a coincidence that both Maharoof and Dilshan were prime suspect in that scandal. An inquiry committee was also appointed for that. However, as SLC was adamant to safeguard Maharoof at any cost, like any other inquiry, it was also swept under the carpet.

According to sources, puppet of a former SLC administrator, over the years Dilshan had mastered the art of getting multiple assignments. Next week, he was scheduled to do umpiring in a big match at Kurunegala. After that, he was scheduled to involve in another big match, this time as a match referee!


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