21 May, 2022


Sri Lanka Cricket: Employee Harassment Begins

The unnecessary harassment meted out by the newly elected Executive Committee headed by its president and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thilanga Sumathipala, will see the resignation of the appointed Under 19 World Cup Cricket Manager Shane Fernando today with hours to go on the tour to Bangladesh, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

Thilanga Sumathipala

Thilanga Sumathipala

This is the first of such resignations that is scheduled to follow, especially from the existing employees of SLC who had any affiliations to the defeated Ranatunga camp.

Barely two weeks since commencing duties, the SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala seems to be cracking the whip to ensure his six point plan for Sri Lanka Cricket is void of any residue left behind by the Ranatungas.

A few days back, the Secretary of SLC Mohan De Silva speaking earlier to Colombo Telegraph stated that the Executive Committee decided that a former national player should instead be assigned to the task of Manager for the Under 19 World Cup Tour, hence the removal of Fernando and his duties handed over to selector Ranjith Madurusinghe.

“This policy is rubbish. The role of the manager is multi-faceted and the job functions rely not only on cricketing prowess, but also on the administrative skills of the appointee. Perhaps this decision was taken by the President Thilanga Sumathipala and Vice President’s Jayantha Dharmadasa and K.Mathivanan not at the cricket board headquarters but rather whilst seated in the club house of Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club. It is probably here when Ranjith Madurusinghe would have been summoned and offered the role which was assigned to Shane Fernando. It is known that Fernando has affiliations to the Rantunga camp” said a disgruntled source from within Sumathipala’s current Executive Committee.

Many of Sumathipala’s other elected Executive Committee Members were also in absolute shock when the news broke out to them about the removal of Shane Fernando.

Samantha Dodanwala the Sinhalese Sports Club representative and current Ex-Co Member along with three other senior Ex-Co members, who opted to remain anonymous, said that they were unaware of this decision and one that should have been certainly avoided at this crucial juncture.

“Shane Fernando has proven himself to be a good administrator and manager of cricket teams in the past. I only knew about Fernando’s removal after the decision had been taken.” said Dodanwala.

However Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that Fernando is to submit his resignation today.

This is simply to prevent unnecessary cricket board funds been spent even further, now that Fernando’s duties have been entrusted to Madurusinghe.

Shane Fernando’s credentials are as follows:
Manager – Sri Lanka Under 17 England Tour to Sri Lanka 2014
Manager – Southern Express – Champions League Tournament in India 2014
Media & Tour Organizing Committee Manager – Sri Lanka Cricket 2008
Media Facilities Manager – 50 Over World Cup 2011 – ICC appointee
Media Operations Manager – T20 World Cup 2012 – ICC appointee
Liaison Officer – New Zealand Tour of Sri Lanka 2011
Liaison Officer – England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Member – Sponsorship Committee SLC 2012-2014
Division 1 Cricketer – Sinhalese Sports Club
Represented United Arab Emirates as a national player on tours of India, Pakistan and Kenya.

(Filed by Marlon Dale Ferreira © CT )

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  • 15

    CT is obviously rooting for Shane Fernando. WHY? Just let the new SLC Administration do their job with the people that THEY think will be best for posts and thereafter we can judge them on the results of their strategies. They cannot work with people who openly supported the opposing Administration during the recent elections as there is every possibility that SUCH PERSONS will be a spanner in the workings. Good thing that Shane is resigning because he openly worked for the opposing camp. Maybe all other ‘Ranatunge’ loyalists should take the cue and resign, which is the done thing when Administrations or Corporates change over.However good or bad the new Administration is, they came into power through a clean and fair election, so give them time to do their thing and then throw stones or bouquets !

    • 8

      The Minister of Sports should cancel the election and clean up the Cricket Board by drawing up a good governance policy for the transparency and accountability of the cricket board, as both the winning and losing factions are CORRUPT and CRIMINAL.

      Politicians should be banned from sports boards and executive bodies, as this is part of the CULTURE OF CORRUPTION that politicians are steeped in and corrupt MONEY POLITICS.

      President Sirisena is a disgrace to Yahapalanaya. He is the President of A -Yahaplanaya having got a corrupt bookie Sumathipala in as the Speaker of the House.

      Clearly both the victorious Sumathypala faction and the defeated Ranatunge faction are Corrupt criminals. Both are in politics and comrades with the Minister of Sports.

      The stinking corruption of the Parliament and politicians of Sri Lanka engulfs Sri Lanka cricket today.

      • 2

        Dead on Dude! Sports is big business and attracts politicians like flies.

        Sirisena, Sumathypala and Dayasiri – Sirisena’s gold boy are all on the Cricket-money politics game.

        Now that Carleton Sports that made big bucks from sports contracts is under the scanner, it is time for the Sirisena mafia to do some rent seeking in Sri Lanka cricket.

        The result is that the team is getting thrashed down under! People like Ranjan Madugalle and Sidath Wettimuni should step forward to clean up Sri Lanka cricket and lobby for a ban on politicians being involved in cricket and other sports boards.

        • 0

          How can they the Madugalle, Sidath get on with the idiots filled place.

          No gentleman can work with monkeys easily.

          No where possible. This is no second to mannig market of pettah.
          In SL, cricket involving people mean- they have lot to do with all kind of abusive nature – this goes to my school days at Mahinda College then- to that time, all guys not second to beachboys were the ones invovled in sports. Parents warned. This is the cricket tradition I knew in the country. Cliche, but the truth.

    • 4

      Well said.

      When an election is held and officials appointed it is important to allow the these elected officials to carry out their duties. Protesting and blaming their actions (from the day they begin their tenure) would only create more confusion and anarchy. Nobody would gain by such action except the defeated few.

      This is true not only for SLC but also for all other fields including politics in Sri Lanka.

    • 1

      This nitwit to have got elected for position inthe country today – shows the reality of the lanken standard of politics. That again reflects the views of stupid folks. I hate the bugger uttering all sobre views in SATANA discussions. THis man is a born thug, and example – born criminal a life long criminal.
      I agree with Arjuna, him to have made it them to pluck fruits.

  • 5

    Looks like the writer and the aggrieved party are good friends.

    Birds of a feather fly(Emirates) together.

  • 4

    Anonymous sources who do not give facts but opinions can be conjured up by anyone and it is poor journalism to ‘quote’ such ‘persons’. An individual must have the right to defend his decisions and reputation and your innuendo smacks of vindictiveness.

  • 1

    Shane is a foul mouthed has-been!!!. Leave it CT!!!.

  • 2

    SLCB must do a thorough CLEAN UP of this Organization. We know for the last so many years how this was running its affairs. It was stinking to the core. Let someone CLEAN it and that is a NATIONAL NEED. Where is that “Interim Chairman” who was posted to promote Sri Lanka in Poland? One good thing happened recently was to have “KICKED OUT” that “Ranatunga” factor from this Cricket arena. Let the CLEAN UP continue.

  • 3

    The Govt. should have cleaned the SLC from rules leading to corrupt practices and added new rules and regulations to SLC constitution
    so that corruption and nepotism are eradicated, thus restricting the
    members of SLC to do an honest job and then allowed the election to take place.
    How come living cricket legends like Sidath, Michael, Mahela, Kumar
    and Vaas, reputed for honesty , are not given a position in SLC. The minister of sports should have made provision in the constitution to have one or two govt. representatives in the SLC board, so that they could brief the sports Minister on the activities performed by SLC board and whether they are going in the right or wrong direction. People fight for positions in SLC only due to monetary gains and not for the love of Cricket. Bradman must be rolling in his grave hearing
    whats happening in the world cricket.

  • 1

    Are there any convicted fellons in the new Board?! Anyone accused of corruption? Just curious.

  • 0

    Good move. Clean it up. We must not see it as harassment

  • 0

    The statistics provided at the bottom of the article list the various tours managed by this gentleman, but why have they not also shown if the tours were successful or not? CT should also show the win/lose ratio of the tours

  • 1

    Who appointed this thilanga hoodlum to this post again? This is the end of SL cricket. Sanga couldn’t have done this job? What doesn’t Sanga have? He has everything a leader should have…………..educated, well spoken, well mannered, fantastic cricketer, well respected all over and a one decent gentleman.

  • 0

    Let Thilanga do his job his way. He has proved many a times he is a good administrator. He doesn’t want Nishantha’s stooges to spoil his work. Nishantha was the biggest crook in SLC and his defeat is the best thing that happened. All Nishantha’s cronies should be removed, if Thilanga is to do a good job. He seems to be doing what Ranil & Sirisena have failed to do. See what is happening to the govt. Everything is blocked or delayed by Rajapaksa cronies.

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