Jan 20, 2019

Women’s team in the doldrums Featured

Members of the national and upcoming players pools boycotted practice at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo last Friday.

They staged the protest over their grievances, including the non-receipt of the December salary, poor meals provided by Sri Lanka Cricket, interrupted services by their coach and the improper language used on them by a certain official.

Asanka Gurusinha, who is in charge of women’s cricket, mediated and got the protest restricted to a few hours.

Due to the step-motherly treatment, leading players Nipuni Hansika, Rebecca Vandort and Sripali Weerakkody have gone to Australia, while four others are preparing to leave for Dubai.

The players have not been paid their December allowance, which is between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000.

National coach Harsha de Silva takes leave that extends to several months at a time and goes to Australia where his family lives, denying players his services.

He gets a Rs. 900,000 month salary.

Gurusinha claims de Silva has been granted leave on humanitarian grounds.