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Dharamadasa arrives at SLC, accompanied by associates

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Jayantha Dharamadasa, the newly appointed vice president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Tuesday arrived at Maitland Place accompanied by his close associates, Cricket Age reliably learns.

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

Cricket Age had published on August 2 itself that 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.

“Mr. Dharamadasa arrived today and stayed for around two hours. He had a brief meeting with Board President Mr. Shammi Silva and after that board employees came to his cabin and greeted him” 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.

“He took over his old room, which has been extended to larger size. Both his close associates Shibley and Algama were with him” the SLC insider added.

Shibley, a long time associate of Dharamadasa, runs ‘The Cricket Shop’ at Colpetty, Colombo and sells cricket goods to clubs, schools and players.

Cricket Age has already published that as Dharamadasa has been given the International Cricket considering the lesser workload, in comparison to domestic cricket. Accordingly, another SLC vice president Ravin Wickramaratne will continue to oversee domestic cricket.

“He was offered to pick what suits him and he opted for international cricket” last week a top SLC official had told Cricket Age.

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.


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