A former Sri Lanka captain is desperately lobbying against World Cup winning legendary Arjuna Ranatunga to stop him from becoming the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ExCo Member, Cricket Age reliably learns.
The SSC Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held today to elect the office bearers for the next two years.
According to sources, Initially Arjuna wanted to contest for the secretary position. However, club constitution says that being a honorary life member, he can not contest for the post! Now, he is contesting for the ExCo membership.
However, it has emerged that a former Sri Lanka captain, who is notorious for undercutting Arjua due to jealousy, is desperately campaigning against him!
“He is secretly telling SSC members to not vote for Arjuna. While Arjuna, being the true ambassador of the gentleman’s game, has never voiced publically against this guy’s dirty tricks, he has kept his track record intact of stopping world cup winning Icon. Now, he has crossed all the limits and stooped so low that canvassing against in a club election even” a source close to the development told Cricket Age.
Notably, the same former player has openly canvassed against another Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya also and has not allowed him to return to cricket at any capacity till date, despite him being cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) two years ago.
“The root of the jealousy is that while Arjuna and Sanath are world cup winning legends, this former captain couldn’t win anything significant in his entire career. Not only these two, other 1996 World Cup winning members like Chaminda Vaas and Ravindra Pushpkumara are also victims of his manipulation. It seems that he doesn’t like World Cup winning legends, who brought glory to the motherland” a Sri Lanka Cricket expert told Cricket Age.