Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee divided into three factions
Feb 26, 2010
The internal administration system at Sri Lanka Cricket is reportedly in a mess following the split in the Interim Committee.

Sources from Sri Lanka Cricket said one faction of the Interim Committee consisted of its Chairman D.S. De Silva, Suraj Dandeniya and Kapila Wijegunawradena.

Another faction includes Nishantha Ranatunge and Pramodya Wickremasinghe while the other group consists of Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge’s relative Gunaratne Weerasinghe, Sujeewa Rajapakse and Ranil Abeynayake.

Sri Lanka Cricket employees believe nthat Ranil Abeynayake represented Gunaratne Weerasinghe’s group due to financial benefits. It is learnt that Abeynayake had not visited Sri Lanka Cricket more than on 10 occasions after he was appointed to the Interim Committee.

Meanwhile, since De Silva assumed office as Interim Committee Chairman, the number of employees at Sri Lanka Cricket had been increased from 198 to 241. Sri Lanka Cricket reportedly has to spend approximately Rs. 198 lakhs monthly to pay the salaries of the employees at a time when the institution is faced with a financial crisis.

Sri Lanka Cricket employees say that the messy situation in the internal administration was evident as a Manager of the institution, Ashley De Silva used the services of Sri Lanka Cricket contractors and employees to construct his new house down Castle Street in Borella.

Meanwhile, a member of the Sri Lanka Cricket Selectors had been found in the premises while smoking ganja. He is being paid a salary of Rs. 60,000 by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Interim Committee Secretary Nishantha Ranataunge has so far been on 22 overseas trips and had taken Sri Lanka Cricket funds amounting to Rs. 20 lakhs with him.

Sources also said there were rumors that Sri Lanka Cricket Accountant Chandima Mapatuna was providing confidential documents belonging to the institution to Arjuna Ranatunge.

Courtesy: Lanka News Web