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Sri Lanka A Team Coach Avishka Gunawardene Skips HPC!

Written by N Krishnamurthy

In the arrogance of being backed by a manipulative former national team captain, who not only forcefully parachuted him at Maitland Place but made made entire Sri Lanka coaching setup a Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) outfit, A Team Coach Avishka Gunawardene has, since weeks, has stopped reporting at High Performance Centre (HPC) at Khetterama, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Earlier this year, Avishka, a former ICC suspect, failed miserably as U19 Coach in the youth World Cup. However, Instead of removing, he was promoted as A Team Coach (with that former captain’s blessings). Another joke is that Mahinda Halangoda, team manager during that U19 World Cup, was also promoted as national team Manager (with the blessings of SLC Incompetent Vice President Jayantha Dharmadasa).

“All the national coaches (around 20) and provincial coaches (around 10) need to report daily at HPC, as SLC pay their salary for the full month, not only for the days they report to work. However, since last few weeks, Avishka has stopped reporting” a HPC Insider told Cricket Age.

HPC, meanwhile, has been dead since years, first because of Covid tregedy and now due to the Incompetence of it’s incharge Tim McCaskill. Once a hard working, dedicated overseas recruity, now Tim has become another White Elephant for Sri Lanka Cricket after his mentor Tom Moody’s departure! “Due to Tim’s Ignorance, not only Avishka, but many other coaches have also stopped reporting regularly, as there is no daily attendance anymore” the Insider added.

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