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Dharamadasa to arrive at SLC after general election, ‘arrangements’ in full swing

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Jayantha Dharamadasa, the newly appointed vice president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), is expected to arrive at Maitland Place after country’s general election on August 5, Cricket Age reliably learns. Before Dharamadasa’s arrival, the seating arrangements are being prepared at Maitland Place in full swing in the supervision of two of his close associates – Shibley Wilcassim and Priyantha Algama.

Dharamadasa, on Wednesday (July 27) was dramatically appointed SLC vice president, barely few hours after his former associate K Mathivanan resigned from the post.

According to sources, right after Dharamadasa’s appointment, both Shibly and Algama immediately took charge in making seating arrangements for him at the SLC headquarter. Even though SLC was closed yesterday, and today as well as holidays, the workers are furnishing Cabins for Dharamadasa in the guidance of Shibley and Algama.

“Yesterday night Mr. Shibley was there instructing the workers. Only Aruna de Silva, SLC Head of administration, was there yesterday night, Who offered meals for them by the board. The workers resumed work today morning again” an insider at SLC told Cricket Age.

It has also learned that along with Dharamadasa’s cabin, there are two extra cabins are also being made, most likely for Shibley and Algama. Shibley, a long time associate of Dharamadasa, runs ‘The Cricket Shop’ at Colpetty, Colombo and sells cricket goods. Algama runs few small businesses.

Cricket Age had published on July 31 itself that Dharamadasa has been given the responsibility of overseeing International Cricket at SLC, while another vice president Ravin Wickramaratne will continue to look after domestic cricket affairs.

Interestingly, Sri Lanka has no international cricket in next 6 months at least, as all the scheduled tours – India, Bangladesh – have been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, bigwigs of Sri Lanka cricket are busy in preparing for the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which is scheduled to be played from August 28 to September 20. Dharamadasa will have no role to play in the LPL, as it has been termed as a domestic league.




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