What on earth happened to Sri Lanka Cricket!? – a deeper look into the collapse of SLC (VIDEO)

What on earth happened to Sri Lanka Cricket!? – a deeper look into the collapse of SLC (VIDEO)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

28 Oct, 2017 | 10:19 pm

The biggest question going around these days in Sri Lanka – What on earth happened to Sri Lanka Cricket!?

There are many people saying many things….

But as if like to say the earth is round, the majority say that those responsible for the collapse of SLC are;

  • President of Sri Lanka Cricket
  • SLC’s Executive Committee
  • Officials of Sports clubs who elected these individuals to office

SLC has lost not one, but three One Day Internationa series on the trot and are in the middle of a 12 match losing streak…

The losses

ODI: 15 out of 26

Test: 6 out of 10

T20: 6 out of 11

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The leadership of the Sri Lankan Cricket team oscillated between 5 individuals just in 2017

  • Anjelo Mathews
  • Lasith Malinga
  • Dinesh Chandimal
  • Chamara Kapugedara

Even the selection committee led by Sanath Jayasuriya resigned in this backdrop.

Most pundits note that there is a wealth of talent among cricketers in Sri Lanka and attributes the recent string of losses to mismanagement on part of the officials.

The heads of SLC since 1995;

  • Ananda Punchihewa (1995–1996)
  • Upali Dharmadasa (1996–1998)
  • Thilanga sumathipala (1998–1999)
  • Riyenzi Wijeyathilaka (1999–2000)
  • Thilanga sumathipala (2000 – 2001)
  • Wijaya Malalakasekara (2001 – 2002)
  • Hemaka Amarasuriya (2002 – 2003)
  • Thilanga Sumathipala (2003 – 2004)
  • Mohan Silva (2004 – 2005)
  • Jayantha Dharmadasa (2005 – 2007)
  • Arjuna Ranatunga (2008)
  • S. Liyanagama (2008 – 2009)
  • Somachandra de Silva (2009 – 2011)
  • Upali Dharmadasa (2011 – 2012)
  • Jayantha Dharmadasa (2013 – 2015)
  • Sidath Wettimuny (2015 – 2016)
  • Thilanga Sumathipala (2016 – present)

Thilanka Sumathipala is serving his 4th tenure in office, taking up the help in 1998 for the first time.

He contested for the Presidency of SLC in 2003 against 1996 World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga

The result came out with Thilanga on top gathering 138 votes while Arjuna received just 7.

Arjuna ranatunga did not even recieve the vote of the SSC which he represented as a player.

During the previous elections the public were not fooled by wealthy politicians. Although some politicians spent a fortune on their campaigns they failed to win office.

But unfortunately for the country and her beloved sport, the administration of Sri Lanka Cricket remains under the thumb of the wealthy.

It is clear that time has come for officials to take a leaf out of the general public’s book and take decisions by thinking about the future of cricket in Sri Lanka instead of thinking about power.

So isn’t it the responsibility of state officials to take steps to root out family politics from cricket
and make Sri Lanka cricket great again under the leadership of qualified professionals?

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