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Mohamed Hesham (not verified)
Thilanga Sumathipala - the Messiah (?)

The simple truth is Thilanga Sumathipala and his administration has to go - and this has to be done by their own free will. Another interim administration being appointment would only result in their egos being bruised and them wanting to come back due to a sense of injustice. Thilanga has planeted himself in Sri Lanka Cricket for close to 20 years now, but in all honesty what has he and his inner circle achieved for us - the Sri Lankan cricket loving public? Have the standards of domestic cricket improved - no, many would argue it has gone backwards. Is Sri Lanka more competitive internationally - no, we are ranked 7 or 8 across all formats. Do we have world class infrastructure - maybe yes, but has it benefited us - clearly no, as we struggle to compete whenever we travel. In all sincerity, what has he and his inner circle achieved over the 20 years they have been involved in SLC? Please do not count beating Australia 3-0 in last year's test series as 'his' achievement or a sign of progress. India's 9-0 trashing across all formats clearly points to the fact that there is still a lot left to be improved.

An achievement would be to say that Thilanga was able to establish a truly strong domestic system and competition that there are truly world class players coming through left right and centre (like India has). A competition that can take the talent we have and mold them to world class players. Our current crop are having to learn to play test cricket during the first 2-3 years of their international careers. We might have a good series here and there, but it will never be consistent. That comes from an established and quality system, which Thilanga has failed to provide.

At what point does someone take a good look in the mirror and realise "hey, you know what - I am really BAD at this" and move one? Failure is not a bad thing if you learn to fail fast and take the learnings to improve. But 20 years of just of "hitting repeat" and continuing to fail after repeated feedback and advise by experts, players, fans, etc. on what needs to improve is ridiculous. Asking for 3-4 years more for things to improve I'm afraid is not good enough when you have had 20 years to do so.

Putting aside the fact that Thilanaga at the moment is the most hated and despised man in Lanka, why is he continuing to try to associate himself with a Sport that clearly no-one wants his involvement in anyway? There is a generation of retired Sri Lankan cricketers who have been ICC match referees, test umpires, international coaches, and who have traveled the cricket world and experienced what works in places like England, India and Australia. Why do we keep having to have Thilanaga planting himself in SLC like he's the long awaited for Messiah? With all due respect, the only thing that would make anyone in Sri Lanka (and mind you, I am writing this from Australia where Thilanga and the SLC are thought of as a joke) is for Thilanga, and his administration to truly distance themselves from any association from SLC once and for all.

This is a plea for sanity to prevail, and egos to subside. Please go Thilanga, your time has commeth.


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