The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has mysteriously snubbed Dr. Daminda Attenayaka from the upcoming England tour largely because of a ‘made up’ story few months ago, Cricket Age reliably learns.
Sri Lanka are due to play a series of three T20Is and three ODIs against England from 23 June to 8 July. Cricket Age understands that for the tour, Professor Arjuna De Silva, Chief of medical team at cricket board who was also the chairman of the management committee till recently, had recommended Dr. Daminda for the England series. However, by ignoring Professor’s recommendation, the SLC has decided to send Dr. Dhanushka.
“As board hierarchy was on the opinion to send only one doctor with the team, Daminda was the most Ideal choice, especially after Professor Arjuna De Silva’s recommendations. However, they mysteriously opted for Dr. Dhanushka” an Insider at SLC told Cricket Age.
It has learned that SLC snubbed Dr. Daminda due to a made up, false ‘misconduct controversy’ during the recently concluded home series against England. In January this year, some local print and electronic media joined social media in vilifying Dr. Daminda, without offering no proof to substantiate their claims. The Board had even asked for a report from the Manager on tour, but later CEO Ashley de Silva found no evidence to say an incident had ever taken place.
“Notably, since then, Dr. Daminda has requested at least thrice to the SLC to conduct an inquiry on the said matter, but for some unknown reasons, the board is not ready to Investigate” the Insider added.