Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva resigns

Written by N Krishnamurthy

In a significant development, Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Mohan de Silva has tendered his resignation citing personal reasons, Cricket Age Exclusively learns.

De Silva has been in Australia since last few weeks and his decision has arrived on the wake of Sri Lanka poor performance against India in the ongoing World Cup. His family resides in Australia and he was trying for PR since long. Cricket Age understands that he is dealing with health issues and since last few months his health has deteriorated significantly.

On November 2nd, India became the first team to secure a semifinal spot at the Cricket World Cup after Mohammed Siraj bowled a stellar opening spell to help the hosts dismantle Sri Lanka for a 302-run win.

The 1996 champions were down to 14 runs for six wickets in 9.4 overs. It became 22-7 in 11.3 overs, and Shami then bowled Mathews to make it 29-8 in 13.1 overs. Five Sri Lankan batsmen were out for a duck, and only three managed to reach double digits.

Following the humiliated defeat, Sri Lanka is on the brink of elimination, which has significantly intensified an already long standing tussle between SLC and Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe.

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