Aug 21, 2019

Harin opposes Thilanga : Orders not to extend contract Featured

Sports Minister Harin Fernando has instructed the SLC Chairman Shammi Silva in writing not to extend the contracts of anyone whose contract has currently expired.

Similarly, he has instructed that in granting new contracts, proper procedures should be followed.

The relevant letter is shown below. 

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The reason that Minister Harin Fernando had issued these instructions was due to former SLC Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala exerting pressure to extend the contracts of former Coaches Chandika Hathurusinghe and Asanka
Gurusinghe.

During the recent Executive Committee meeting a huge clash had occurred and the former Chairman and current SLC Chairman had fallen out over this issue.

Therefore, with the SLC Secretary’s mediation Thilanga Sumathipala had submitted a proposal and managed to get the assistance of all the other Executive Committee members, except Shammi Silva, Sri Lanka Mirror learns.

As such, Shammi Silva had received an email pressuring him to agree with the decision as all the other Executive Committee members had agreed.

According to the Cricket Constitution, the former Chairman has the authority to sit in the Executive Committee and as such Thilanga Sumathipala is a member of this committee.

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