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SLC ends contract with Tom Moody

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has parted ways with its Director of Cricket Tom Moody, after mutually agreeing for the former Australia international cricketer to exit his contract.

SLC confirmed this decision, made less than a month before Sri Lanka begins their Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign, stating that as Moody was appointed by the now defunct Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) under former Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, SLC no longer requires Moody’s services.

Appointed as Director of Cricket last February on a three-year contract, Moody was reportedly paid $1,850 a day plus expenses for the 100 days a year he was expected to spend in the country.

An AFP report on Monday cited a senior cricket source who did not wish to be named as saying that SLC “could not afford his fees in the long run”, despite having savings of over $40 million.

“We also feel we need a person who is more hands-on, who can spend more time in Sri Lanka,” the source added.

Moody and the TAC drew up a performance based pay structure for players, which was initially resisted by the national squad, but they subsequently caved after it was made clear they would not be considered for selection unless they accepted the contracts.

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Draft constitution for Sri Lanka cricket board presented to president

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The draft constitution for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, prepared by the Judge Chitrasiri Committee, was presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat today (15). 

The draft was handed over by Committee Chairman, retired Supreme Court Judge K.T. Chitrasiri, alongside other committee members.

The initiative to address challenges faced by Sri Lanka Cricket and provide suitable recommendations led to the appointment of a Cabinet Sub-Committee on November 6, 2023. 

Chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs and President’s Counsel Ali Sabry, the sub-committee included Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara, Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara, and Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles.

After extensive discussions with stakeholders involved in cricket, the sub-committee presented its report to the Cabinet on January 8, 2024. 

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Chamari Athapaththu – ICC Women’s Player of May 2024

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Chamari Athapaththu has won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for May 2024.

Athapaththu beat Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce and England’s Sophie Ecclestone for the monthly gong.

This is the second time the Sri Lanka star has won this award. She previously won the title  in September last year.

The all-rounder is firmly established as a modern-day great as Sri Lanka’s highest run-getter in both white-ball formats.  The 34-year-old smashed a century last month at the  ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2024. She finished the event as the leading run-scorer, giving Sri Lanka the title and helping the island nation earn their place at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Athapaththu scored 151 runs at an average of 37.75 and was impressive with the ball too as she picked up six scalps at merely 9.16 runs per wicket, in her four games during the month of May.

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SL women’s squad for ODI series against WI, announced

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee selected the following 16-member Sri Lanka squad to play the ODI series against the West Indies. 

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad.

The ODI series will be played in MRICS, Hambantota, on the 15th, 18th, and 21st of June.

Squad : Chamari Athapaththu – Captain, Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi De Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoshi Fernando, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala

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