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Sri Lanka Cricket transfers minor staff to Khetterama

Written by Sumit Seth

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in last few days has transferred half a dozen Maitland Place minor staff  members to the High Performance Centre (HPC) at Khetterama, Cricket Age reliably learns. It includes drivers and peons, however, the reason of sudden transfers remains unknown.

HPC, at Khetterama, is being known as punishment centre of the cricket board.

“In last few days drivers – Hemapala, Roy, Pradeep, Thilakaratne and peons – Bandara, Danushka were transferred here by the board hierarchy, without disclosing the reason. earlier, Chintaka Jayanath was attached here” an Insider at HPC told Cricket Age.

In cricket field, Sri Lanka’s national team has caused an outrage in the cricket fraternity with their poor performance. Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan and Roshan Mahanama, who himself are member of the advisory committee of past cricketers lead by Aravinda De Silva, have expressed his disappointment on Sri Lanka’s performance in recently concluded T20 series against England, where the team was whitewashed 3-0.

Their performance was so pathetic, that disgruntled Sri Lanka cricket fans even launched a campaign to shun their team on social media after they slumped to a dismal Twenty20 series drubbing in England. England recorded a thumping 89-run win at Southampton on Saturday to sweep the contests 3-0 — a fifth consecutive series defeat for Sri Lanka in the shortest format. As the hashtag #unfollowcricketers began to trend on Facebook on Sunday, thousands of fans boycotted the Facebook pages of vice-captain Kusal Mendis and opener Dhanushka Gunathilaka.

The aim of the campaign is to unfollow failed Sri Lankan cricketers from their verified profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans were also sharing memes asking each other not to watch the national team on television.

“Unfollow all these failed cricketers,” said Ahmed Inaamulhaq on Twitter. “Don’t let them have the social media attention if they can’t perform for the national team. They do not deserve massive fan bases.”

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Sumit Seth