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Jayantha Dharmadasa’s close aide Shibly accused of meddling in Hotel Booking

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) veteran vice president Jayantha Dharmadasa’s close aide Shibley Vilcassim has been accused of meddling in Hotel booking, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Dharmadasa, who was dramaticlly parachuted at Maitland Place in the last week of July following the resignation of K. Mathivanan, is overseeing International cricket since then. While, there is no International cricket for almost 7 months now due to Covid-19, the SLC is gearing up for Lanka Premier League (LPL) in November, which will see the participation of plethora of top overseas T20 players, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Faf du Plessis and Carlos Brathwaite.

The possible return of International cricket has provided Shibly a chance to meddle with Hotel booking, as it comes under Dharmadasa!

In July itself, Cricket Age, in a series, had exposed how Dharmadasa’s loyals immediately tried to take control over International cricket at Mainland Place, especially Shibly.

Owner of ‘The Cricket Shop’, situated in Colpetty, Colombo-3, Shibly immediately started dreaming of revival of his business after Dharmadasa’s arrival.

“He is meddling with Hotel bookings ahead of the LPL and other high profile home series. In President Mr. Shammi Silva’s administration, he is not able to reap the benefits like he used to. So, Now he is focusing on other ways to get benefited” an insider at SLC told Cricket Age.

In July, it was K. Mathivanan, one of the most popular cricket administrator in Sri Lanka, decision to quit, which made the way for Dharmadasa’s return. However, his loyals links it with politics.

“From top to bottom, day to night, they uses a certain political family’s name, present them as their representatives” the SLC insider added.



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