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Exposed! Sri Lanka Team Manager Asantha De Mel’s Unprofessional Act Angers Players

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Sri Lanka Team Manager Asantha De Mel’s unprofessional act in collecting allowances and distributing has angered Players big time, Cricket Age exclusively learns.

Sri Lanka test squad, led by Dimuth Karunaratne is scheduled to depart for South Africa tomorrow early morning. The team will be playing two tests, with first is starting from December 26. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has just today announced a 22-member squad for the tour.

According to sources, Asantha wanted players and team management staff to come at Maitland Place and collect allowance individually. He collected only his own allowance and disappeared.

“Players are mad with De Mel for not collecting their allowances and not distributing. Usually, it’s the duty of team manager, but he was so much inactive, that completely ignored his responsibility” an insider in team management told Cricket Age.

One of the most incompetent, biased and illogical Chief selector in Sri Lanka cricket history, Asantha has become notorious for such unprofessional acts. According to sources, till now, he had not contacted medical doctor even, who will be going on tour with the team. Neither, he knows till now who will be going as analyst with the team.

“He always acts as chief selector, while completely ignoring his manager duty. It seems, he has assigned this responsibility only to take allowances and other tour benefits” the team management insider added further.


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