SLC asked for fan comments on Facebook and got this! The comment that SLC did not want you to see!

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On 1/17/2017, SLC announced that “Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala had convened an emergency meeting at SLC HQ to review the performance of the team and strategize for the upcoming T20Is & ODIs”. SLC posted this on their Facebook page and invited fans to share their comments, thoughts and feedback.

The following is an excerpt from a post by, Oshanda Weerarathna. According to this fan, his post was deleted twice from the SLC Facebook page. When he could not get his comments posted on SLC’s facebook page, the fan contacted this blogger and asked that the following be published in an Island Cricket blog post. The fan added some extra content into this blog post (compared to what he posted on SLC’s FB page) to further highlight his views.

Oshanda Weerarathna’s comments for SLC:
 

1. Because he didn’t give into your pressure and pick a horribly out of form Thirimanne for the T20 world cup, you fired chairman of selectors Mr. Kaplia Wijegunawardena, just hours before the team was scheduled to depart for the tournament. It was Mr. Wijegunewardena who first gave promising youngsters like Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Siriwardena and Jeffry Vandersay, among others, an opportunity. In order to have your say, you appointed a team of selectors for an unprecedented short-term stint, got your wish come true, but ruined the T20 World Cup dreams for millions of Sri Lankan fans.
 
2. Can you explain the reasons for Thilanga Sumatipala going into the player dressing room and discussing team selections leading up to the T20 World Cup? This was a fact revealed by both Lasith Malinga and Kapila Wijegunewardena. Thilanga Sumathipala is the president of the SLC not a selector, he should never interfere with selections.
 
3. Your administration wants us to believe that a ROTATION POLICY is essential to bring fresh talent, generate new ideas, eliminate stagnation and over confidence/complacency and produce back-up options within support staff. That was your explanation for removing the Manager just days before the tour to South Africa. YET, SLC continues to recycle the same set of individuals for key administrative, support staff and coaching positions. Ashely De Silva and Mohan De Silva have made a career out of SLC. Sanath Jayasuriya is the new super-selector, an (dis)honor previously held by Don Anurasiri. Champika Ramanayake owns the fast bowling coach job. Dharmadasas and Sumathipals love Sri Lanka cricket so much so that we cannot do without them! Whatever happened to your ROTATION POLICY with respect to these people?
 
4. Your indispensable super-selector Mr. Jayasuriya’s record is worth reminding you of! He held the position of chief selector while the team had seniors like Sangakkara, Mahela, Dilshan and Samaraweera approaching retirement. Yet, what did he do to prepare for their replacements? Perhaps he was too busy with his obsession over Ramith Rambukewella? Would you like to explain to fans how you did not see anything wrong with Mr. Jayasuriya selecting Ramith for the FOUR-DAY leg of the Sri Lanka A’s 2016 England tour when there were at least 10 front line spinners who had performed significantly better in the domestic first class season? Oh, and was it just coincidence that Ramith happened to be in England when Sri Lanka were about to play England in the T20’s? Would you like to explain to us how Mr. Jayasuriya managed to convince you to accommodate a miserably out of form Thirimanne as the SEVENTEENTH member to go on the England Test tour, yet couldn’t convince you to allow Asela Guneratne, a centurion in the previous Test series, to be selected for Zimbabwe as the SIXTEENTH player? Would you like to explain how your chief selector deemed Siriwardena, who up to that point had made an impressive start to his Test career, out of form based on a few failures in warm-up matches and was overlooked for Thirimanne who had failed in almost anything he played in for over a year? By the way, your own sports minister was making fun in public about how much a single run by Thirimanne had cost SLC. He even said that if only fans knew how much, they’d throw stones each time the player walked back to the pavilion. Yet, you saw nothing wrong with the preferential treatment Thirimanne was getting? Can you explain how you find it acceptable to have a chief selector who has no hesitation in selecting players like Rambukewela and Pathirina the minute they did something noteworthy, yet someone like Roshen Silva never gets a break even after having performed impressively with the A team over a long period of time? Can you look in the eyes of fans and assure us that these (Ramith and Sachith) player’s high-profile fathers have nothing to do with their good fortune? Well, after seeing how Ashley and Mohan explained your genius idea of a rotation policy (to replace manager) with such a straight poker-face, we are certain you will have an explanation for everything! Can you explain Mr. Jayasuriya’s genius thinking behind sidelining Dasun Shanaka from shorter formats? A player who was deemed good enough to play a TEST MATCH IN ENGLAND! A player who was identified as someone to be groomed as the shorter format fast bowling all-rounder has now been dropped for……WHO? Tikshala De Silva? Whatever happened to giving a player some consistency? After all, you too have admitted that our domestic structure is so weak that players have to learn on the job when they come into international cricket, thus deserve to be given some time before we pass judgement on them. Yet, you and your chief selector continue to play musical chairs with our best young talents? How do you explain Mr. Jayasuriya picking 31 different players for ODI cricket within the last 12 months?
 
5. Your indispensable super-Fast bowling coach Mr. Ramanayake’s record is also worth reminding you of! He, along with your super-selector have made several selections that would make Pusswedilla a substandard comedy. How on earth did they find Chaminda Banadara ready for Test cricket in England when several talented fast bowlers who had done the hard work with the A team were readily available? How did Wikum Sanjaya, with just one first class match since March 2014, find a place ahead of a group of fast bowlers who’ve been in the set-up and working hard with your coaching staff? Why did you take the likes of Kasun Madushaka, Lahiru Gamage, Casun Rajitha and Anok Fernando on recent international tours if they were only worth for carrying water on one tour? Why don’t you apply the same consistency you reserve for yourselves within SLC’s high profile jobs, to these promising young cricketers, without cutting and chopping players for each tour?
 
6. Domestic cricket is a dansala of first class caps and has been that way for many years now. Many prominent former cricketers have been saying for years that we have too many first class teams, thus diluting the quality of our cricket. Yet, you don’t do anything about it because you are afraid of the consequences come election time. You continue to distribute funds based on a strategy to enhance your electability, not necessarily to develop cricket. You invest heavily on foreign resources while the best local talent is lost to countries like Bangladesh, where they are making significant strides. In addition to letting the standard of first class cricket deteriorate, you also have ignored the hugely one-sided conditions we play our cricket on. Almost all of our first class cricket is played on wickets where fast bowlers have minimal involvement in. You have failed to implement anything to address that situation. You don’t seem to understand that our fast bowlers fail to stay fit, let alone develop, because they hardly play any cricket in Sri Lanka. You seem to be just happy winning a few home matches while you can squeeze out whatever is left in Herath. Yet, you are surprised and call for an emergency meeting when our cricketers fail to perform in alien conditions?
 

You are an organization that is run by a small group of “privileged men”, to whom the same set of standards and policies that you try to enforce on others, don’t apply! You are so indispensable to ROTATE while everyone else is rotated so you can fill the seats on your bus with the people you want! As highlighted in the few points mentioned above, one does not need to be a cricket expert to see what is happening to our cricket. You have planned to fail and have failed our team!

The fact that you needed an emergency meeting in the middle of a tour alone shows how poorly you had planned for this tour! With your emergency meeting, you not only made a mockery of the debacle you have put our cricket into, but also insulted us by asking for our comments when you never had showed any respect for our opinion!

Judging by the fan comments, you got what you asked for! A group of men with honor would do something with it. But we are not holding our breath!

Note: Oshanda Weerarathna has made a third attempt to post on SLC’s facebook page and says he has succeeded, at least for now. Here is the link to what he posted on SLC’s FB page.
 

Comments

AmilaSaman's picture
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I red the comment on the same day and he was spot on. Brilliantly crafted comment and I thought it should be on some main stream news paper. No wonder it was deleted.

Stormy's picture
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Great response and on the money and hit the nail on the head. The biggest problem with our cricket is SLC and has been for a long time.

Great Bat's picture

Whoever is Oshanda Weerarathna, take a bow my friend. Well written, the points are potent and hard hitting & right on the money. If you are Thilanga or one of his cronies it's a hard pill to swallow. No wonder they deleted your post. I didn't know Pathirana comes from a privileged family. But we all had the gist of what is happening inside the building in Maitland Place. But I should thank you for the insight.

Unless people or a person who has the power to weed out these parasites and viruse who are there for the wrong reasons this trend will continue.

But what we can do collectively is be like Oshanda Weerarathna and put it out there in the open so it's heard loud and clear.

Hopefully someone who can do something will do something to save Sri Lanka cricket. To all my beloved Srilankan brothers and sisters, never lose hope because we never know what tomorrow can bring.

N.M.M's picture
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awesome.. We should make sure these make a loud noise... Even the media is not applying enough pressure on these money lusting nasty two faced robbers who r slc !!! ok maybe that was too much but this is getting beyond tolerance!! The previous selection committee was by far the best we had in ages... Just a list of players i noticed got opportunities under previous committee .
1)Kusal mendis 2)dannanjaya 3) Danushka gunathileke 4)Jeffrey vandersay 5) Milinda siriwardene 6) Dasun shananka 7)Asela gunaratne 8) Kapugedara .. There may be others.. to be honest this committee unearthed some as well (aponso ,sandakan ,lahiru kumara ) but for no use as they don't stick with any youngsters.. The above mentioned players are enough to win us matches but these smart(dumb?)asses go back to old shit like thisara, prasanna, senannayake,etc... didn't meant to insult any player , they also can perform but they don't deserve to be the team... they have not earned the right to be there despite getting multiple chances..
Its about time we stop having players like chandimal in T20.. Slc is ruining sl cricket..

(Last edited by N.M.M on January 21, 2017 - 04:51)
AmilaSaman's picture
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Dickwella and Dhannanjaya aren't the only players performing in domestically. Weerakody, Karunanayaka, Aponso, Milinda Pushpakumara, Asanka just few more examples. The way Dickwella and Dhananjaya played I I could see good opening pair coming through. Impressing thing is they played according to the ball unlike Chandimal. Chandimals problem is in shorter format he is predetermined and if the ball is not their what he planned he got failed. Problem with Mathews is he does not trust new talents. I heard that Thickshilla is a good baller who can ball youkers at will. Next one is Sandaken. He can be handful if the pitch is gripping. I see serious issues with Mathews captaincy. Confirming him for captaincy is 2019 is giving more freedom to do what Mathews want. What I am thinking is selectors have diffrent agenda than naming a team for winning.

RM's picture

I don't agree with the Ramith's inclusion. but Pathirna's showed that he can clear the ropes easily than some of the regular players in the side... Belonging to highclass family doen't mean that they should be dropped, selection should be based on performance.

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