The Sunday Leader

Former cricketer seeks support for Thilanga

By Samantha Hewabandula

A former top cricketer has urged several cricket clubs to back Thilanga Sumathipala at the Sri Lanka Cricket board elections.

The former cricketer who is still a popular figure in Sri Lanka, has spoken to some clubs and convinced them that Sumathipala is the best option for the game in Sri Lanka.

Sumathipala is expected to win the cricket board elections and defeat rivals Nishantha Ranatunga, Jayantha Dharmadasa and Mohan de Silva to the post.

The elections have been suspended following a court order and a ruling is due on June 14.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa has briefed President Maithripala Sirisena on his meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) held this week.

Musthapa, the Competent Authority of the SLC, Kamal Pathmasiri and CEO Ashley De Silva held a meeting with the ICC on Wednesday to brief the governing body of cricket regarding the recent developments that took place in the SLC administration.

It is learnt that the President had advised the Minister to ensure elections to the cricket board take place soon. (Colombo Gazette)

3 Comments for “Former cricketer seeks support for Thilanga”

  1. Don

    Big Money talk in Cricket.
    Cant we find any alternative to Thilanga?
    Neither Minister nor the Competent Authority has a clue about Cricket.
    Watching cricket Matches is not a qualification or suitability for the job.
    We have Globally achieved Golden Cricketer in the Cabinet. Why no sense?

  2. Dam

    No doubt …. it has to be Sanath

  3. Gamunu Kulasekera

    Only two things has happened under the leadership of the Book-maker, Sumathipala. 1. Sri Lankan Cricket has gone to dogs, and even lost to Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. 2. The funds in the Cricket Boards disappeared to nowhere.
    Under the ICC regulations, politicians are not allowed to hold office in the Cricket Board. In addition to that, Sumathipala is the owner of biggest Book-maker gambling body of the country. So, he is automatically disqualified. The down turn of Sri Lankan Cricket has been due to the greedy politicians, who headed it. Very soon, we may even get kicked out of first class cricket.

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