More drama at Sri Lanka Cricket

By Gavin van Hoff

Upali DharmadasaAugust 19, 2011 (Island Cricket): Austerity measures in the wake of Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC’s) royal bungling of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which saw the island's cricket board in more than $60 million in debt due to budget overruns, now includes junior level district coaches being used to man ticket counters during the ongoing ODI series against Australia.

With sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage slashing the tour budget from Rs. 50 million to Rs. 9 million, SLC was forced to depend on volunteers, including the use of district coaches to man the ticket counter.

The use of SLC staff to carry out duties outside of their normal duties and obligations had largely been a non-issue until the series moved from rural Sri Lanka to Colombo, where the posh are apparently unwilling to lend a hand.

The issue came under the public spotlight when an editorial on the Daily Mirror newspaper in Sri Lanka this week criticised SLC’s decision to use local coaching staff at the ticket gates.

“The cries came from within the cricket headquarters, where it was reported that a section of the field operators were unhappy about the junior cricketers, who are the next in line to the national grid being deprived of practice,” the editorial said.

The criticism and the lack of cooperation in Colombo for the final two ODIs of the five-match series against Australia is said to have been led by two former national cricketers, who are currently SLC employees; along with the editorial in a national newspaper, it has perhaps prompted the new chairman of SLC’s interim committee Upali Dharmadasa to respond.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to the district cricket associations from Kandy, Matale, Galle, Dambulla and Hambantota for their excellent coordination and cooperation in helping the tour organizing committee of [SLC] to successfully conduct the recently concluded matches in the ongoing series against Australia at Pallekela and at Sooriyawewa,” Dharmadasa said in a statement earlier today.

“However, I find in difficult to shower my praises for the forthcoming two encounters scheduled to be played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, based on the fact that a few individuals seem to have hidden agendas, of their own, and seem to undermined the capabilities of our staff who have been true stalwarts of [SLC], by their dedicated service in Pallekela and Sooriyawewa.

“It is with agony that I state that a few individuals in Colombo think that they are indispensable. I assure the public and the media, that my working committee will ensure that we will maintain our corporate standards with or without the individuals who are bent upon sabotaging the good work done by my match committee.”

The chairman later told BBC Sinhala that it was not uncommon for passionate cricket enthusiasts and former cricketers to volunteer to help SLC and added that “even cricket stars such as Arjuna Ranatunga or Sanath Jayasuriya would happily make themselves available if the SLC sought help.”

“I think it is wrong for these minors, those who have played few matches for the country to say that they can’t help us,” he added.

“They are paid monthly by the SLC. We did not ask them to sell tickets, clean the canals or to paint the building.”

© Island Cricket


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God please save SLC !!!!

(Last edited by CrikFan on August 19, 2011 - 21:59)
SangaTheBest's picture

No wonder they are in debt. The people at the top are getting obscene amount of salaries, perks and on top of that they are corrupted. There is a limit to this nonsense. If you cannot run an organisation or a company to make a profit, then close it down or select a new management who is faithful to the sport. It is a gentlemen's sport after all and currently it is run by a bunch of goons/thugs.

Anonymous's picture

slc should expose these them.rogue employees should be dismissed without question put.bribery and corruption are accepted as norms in this country, but save cricket which sri lankans are passioante about, from these mindless, greedy, idiots.gerry

faizal meedin's picture

when you do cost cutting the quality of the the product goes down then the demand for the product goes down then the value of the product goes down and it goes on and on ..... this is simple marketing.

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