18 September, 2020

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Alleged Match Fixer Ravin Wickremaratne Appointed Sirisena’s Special Coordinator For Rupavahini

Ravin Wickremaratne, former Assistant Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket who was implicated in a match fixing scandal has been appointed as President Maithripala Sirisena’s Special Coordinator for the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation (SLRC), the state-owned TV station.

Ravin Wickramaratne

Wickramaratne, the former Panadura SC Chairman and a close friend of former SLC Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala, was implicated in the scandal when Panadura SC Captain Chamara Silva submitted an affidavit revealing a plot to fix the Inter-Club Tier ‘B’ Premier League match between Panadura and Kalutara Physical Culture Club, in January, 2017.

Silva, a former Sri Lankan cricketer, said the match fixing plan was put forward to him by club officials at tea on the second day, and added he flatly rejected the offer.

Silva then claimed he informed the discussion to fix the game to club stalwart and SLC Assistant Secretary Ravin Wickramaratne.

Silva’s affidavit said Wickramaratne allegedly encouraged Chamara Silva to go ahead with match-fixing, promising him to take the full responsibility if a problem arose.

According to an Island newspaper report, Silva refrained from attending the corrupt third day’s play. The game ended with Panadura recording a three-wicket win having chased down a target of 165 in 13.4 overs scoring over 12 runs an over under bizarre circumstances. More importantly, the win enabled Panadura to gain promotion to Tier ‘A’ of First-Class cricket. Kalutara too benefited by agreeing to fix the game. Placed bottom of Tier ‘B’, they were running the risk of getting relegated to Sara Trophy. But having scored 225 runs in 22.5 overs at a run rate of over eight runs per over in their second innings, they had avoided relegation.

The Island newspaper also said, “An inquiry initiated by Sri Lanka Cricket handed all players one year bans while the captains received two-year bans. The players appealed to Ministry of Sports and at the independent inquiry, some startling revelations came up.

In his affidavit, Silva reveals that when he and Panadura players arrived in a team bus to provide evidence at the SLC inquiry, Wickramaratne had boarded the bus and informed them that they were not required to provide evidence. He had also assured the players that no harm would come their way.”

In a shocking turn of events, SLC imposed a two-year ban on the captains of the two teams, including Silva who complained about the match fixing attempt, without any taking action on officials.

The players, however, appealed against the decision, and the appeal was heard by Palitha Kumarasinghe PC on former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera’s request. Kumarasinghe absolved the players and presented the nine recommendations that included lifting the ban on players and taking disciplinary actions against officials.

The Sports Ministry then forwarded these recommendations to SLC, headed by Sumathipala, for implementation. Sumathipala, as expected, did not take any action.

After dragging its feet over the matter for so long, SLC again appointed a retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Rohini Marasinghe to conduct an “independent inquiry” into the allegations of match fixing.

It is the same Ravin Wickremaratne, who was at the centre of this match fixing scandal, has now been appointed as Sirisena’s Coordinator for SLRC.

A senior SLRC official told Colombo Telegraph that Wickremaratne’s job is to ensure coverage for development activities initiated by the President on the national television.

It is learnt that Wickremaratne has strengthened his links with President Sirisena, through their mutual friend Thilanga Sumathipala.

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  • 7
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    Perhaps Sirisena is naive.
    Perhaps Sirisena believes in
    “Set a thief to catch a thief”.

    • 8
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      This appointment speaks volumes about President Sirisena…

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      RE: Alleged Match Fixer Ravin Wickremaratne Appointed Sirisena’s Special Coordinator For Rupavahini

      “Ravin Wickremaratne, former Assistant Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket who was implicated in a match fixing scandal has been appointed as President Maithripala Sirisena’s Special Coordinator for the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation (SLRC), the state-owned TV station.”

      President Maithripala Sirisena is looking for experience, for his next and future projects. Ravin Wickremaratne’s CV is impeccable.

      That is why President Maithripala Sirisena is alo known as Gamarala, Sevelayas and so on my the millions who voted for him.

      On the other hand, a Sevalaya, on a relative basis, is much better that the major crooks and killers of MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara. and cronies.

      Sri Lanka, the Land Like no other, has a Hobson’s choice.

      A Hobson’s choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may “take it or leave it”. The phrase is said to have originated with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest to the door or taking none at all.

  • 7
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    Sira badly needs Thilanga’s newspaper.

  • 13
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    We chased away one set of thieves and brought in another set of thieves. Mara thieves gone and in are Sirisena thieves, and country and people being taken to the gutters.

    • 8
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      The politicians are from the gutters

  • 8
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    Give Gamrala a break he knows he is a Single Term president and he is on overdrive making diplomatic postings abroad and local high office to family and friends.

    • 8
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      Burt

      Is that why he sent the public racist Dayan on diplomatic mission to complete the purchase of corroding floating metal container for $150 millions?
      Does his western educated brat old enough to contest presidential elections?

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        I think Gota ordered him to give the public racist a break. MS knows he does not have a backbone to stand straight so he is leaning on GOTA. This is one reason the powers to be are getting protection from the courts.

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          Burt

          So Rajapaksas, Sirisena, Ranil, Champika, ………………….. are trying to be very smart. When real people actually decide enough is enough and revolt where are these so called leaders’ going to seek asylum?

          China, Russia, Saudi, ……………………… ?

  • 3
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    Remember MR went N&E in late 2014 and came out with the rustic “A known devil is better than an unknown devil”. It did connect with some voters.
    MS has modified this to “A proven scammer is better than an unproven scammer”.
    In due course, CVs may include the achievement in scams and how executed!

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      Pillai”
      “A known devil is better than an unknown Angle”

      “MS has modified this to “A proven scammer is better than an unproven scammer”.
      MR sort of had a version of this before the last election. His argument was that you guys say we were looters so you should elect us as we have already looted enough, electing someone else is letting the other person do it all over again.

      Why is everyone forgetting MS was a major part of MR’s inner circle? This guy is as corrupted or worse only difference being MS is a snake in the grass with a very low visibility.

  • 4
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    We do not need a special corrdinator at rupavahini. We have a chairman appointed by the minister. Sirisena is spreading his testicles everywhere. This is very dangerous..

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      Rohika:

      Did you really mean “testicles”? I am not sure whether the guy even has any.

      If auto correct screwed your typing like it does to me more time than not, I think you meant “tentacles”.

  • 0
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    President Sirisena is hoodwinked by Thilanga Sumathipala. In order to save his neck Sumathipala is placing his man with the President. Very soon Sirisena will realize how Sumathipala is stabbing him on his back.

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    I think the readers and commentators need to see the “Hidden” side or the “Behind” the stage SCENARIO” taking place in relation to these appointments. The President, with or without his knowledge has got SUCCUMBED to the “Dictates” of his family, just in the same way that ex President MR fell a prey. Remember, recently how this President’s Chief of Staff and the Chairman of Timber Corporation got caught in a parking lot of a Five Star hotel counting millions of money received as a “Bribe” to FIX a deal. That “Chief of Staff” was brought in after his retirement. Why and by “WHOM”? What made such a person (ex Civil Service Officer) to count money in a parking lot? So, that “SOME ONE” wanted to plant him in that office and execute the “DEAL”. In like manner, “WHOM” do you think this “Naveen” and “Buddhika” were planted in Rupavahine and ITN respectively? Guess! None other than “Chaturika” the daughter of the President. It was proved on the 17 Sept. (this month), when she “Barged” into Rupavahini and “Summoned” and “Chaired” a meeting of officials, at which she introduced this “Raveen Wickramaratne” -( the Lead Actor of this article) and “ORDERED” a special cubical to be installed for him. This is a TRUTH and the picture of that “MEETING” chaired by Chathurika is now in social media. The other person appointed to ITN is Ms. Buddhika Ramanayake and she was a “Reporter” attached to Rupavahini during MR’s regime. Interestingly, the Minister of Media is not AWARE of these appointments. As the “END” is soon arriving, this President and his “FAMILY” need to “FIX” things ,( perhaps learning it from ex President) and they NEED “FIXERS” urgently. That is how I see this situation.

  • 4
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    This President is corrupt. He acts like a dictator.

  • 4
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    UNP must form its own government. Otherwise all Sirisena mud will stick with UNP

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    Burt

    Yes I mixed up testicles with tentacles. You guys have them so you know better

  • 2
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    All the crooks are nicely falling in line. Once the SLFP crooks are aligned they will join with Pohottuwa crooks. Just wait and see the soon announcement of the combined ticket by Appa Sira and Baya Gotha.

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      CP:
      Gamarala’s survival depends on how good he can kiss Gota’s As*.

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