Since the new interim committee was appointed, there has been a sincere effort to keep the media and public informed. SLC has published information relating to its agreement with Somerset Entertainment Ventures (SEV) on its website.
Losing Kumar Sangakkara as captain after he had only served for two years was a monumental loss for Sri Lanka. But it could have been avoided had Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) been led by competent administrators. Sri Lankan cricket has lost so much in recent months but the government does not want you to know.
A press conference to announce the launch of the new Sri Lanka Premier League T20 tournament (SLPL) was called off in the very last minute, causing more embarrassment to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), which in recent times has admitted, that despite being the richest sports body on the island - they were broke and unable to pay salaries to staff.
It is perhaps the reason why skipper Kumar Sangakkara wanted Chandika Hathurusingha back in Sri Lanka's coaching unit after Somachandra de Silva terminated Hathurusingha's contract. Hathurusingha had a novel approach to coaching and Sangakkara identified the value in it.
In an interview with Sa’adi Thawfeeq, Tillakaratne Dilshan talks about how he developed his Dilscoop - the scoop shot he plays over the keeper's head and in the direction of fine-leg.
I am not in favour of having different captains for different formats of the game. Therefore, the decision to appoint Tillakaratne Dilshan as captain for all three formats was a good move, in my book.
The aggressive, even boisterous Dilshan may not have been the first choice of the fans, but it was an obvious choice for the selectors. There just wasn't another candidate who held a secure spot in the team in all three formats and Angelo Mathews is injured.
Kumar Sangakkara’s men were faced with more than just the on-field opposition on their way to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final. While their skills were tested on the field, Sri Lanka Cricket’s administration tested every ounce of their patience, making their lives extremely difficult along the way.
Lest we have forgotten, Sri Lanka were unable to acclimatise to conditions at any of their home grounds, making them aliens in their own turf, due to the incompetence of the Sri Lanka World Cup secretariat and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The home team was handicapped right form the start, not knowing anything about the surfaces they would be presented with.
Recently, the International Rugby Board stripped Sri Lanka of its full-member status because it had failed to conduct elections for the domestic body that governs rugby on the island - Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU).
The SLRFU failed to meet the IRB’s rules and regulations in place, which requires all full-member nations to conduct elections to appoint officials for rugby’s governing body in the island.
Somachandra de Silva uncle has pulled up his socks and slammed the media for publishing 'false reports' about the condition of the World Cup stadiums, according to BBC.
"Can you take seriously what those newspapers say? Have those newspapers ever said anything good?" Somachandra asked the BBC when it was brought to his attention that several news articles have all said World Cup stadiums were behind ICC deadlines.
He hasn't played an ODI for Sri Lanka since December 2009 and after the 2010 WT20 performance in the West Indies, where he scored just 15 runs from six matches, he stands no chance of playing in the T20 team. So it makes you wonder: Why has 41 year old Sanath Jayasuriya not retired?
Imagine what $5000 (nearly six-lakhs) per month could do to help young underprivileged cricketers, or how it could help our next generation of cricketers (A team and Sri Lanka U19)? They would be less stressed about finding work, feeding their families, etc and more focused on their cricket.
But, as you know already, thanks to the numerous Sri Lankan media reports that have kept us all informed and enlightened, Suraj Dandeniya, nephew of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chairman, Somachandra de Silva, is allegedly pocketing that sum along with other perks thanks to a job of great importance, which was just gifted to him by his uncle without any assessment of his qualifications.
It has been a hectic month so far and from the looks of things, it's going to be a long December for our friends over at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). We're only half way into the final month of 2010, 65 days from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and already so much has transpired; much of it very embarrassing.
The month started off with nearly 450 overs washed out in the Test series against the West Indies, which left many wondering why the series was scheduled for this time of year. In the midst of all that, the players, supposedly, complained about the hotel they had been housed in. Then, we learned that the Tour Organising Committee (TOC) had been dissolved, as well.
Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Somchandra de Silva called Chandika Hathurusingha via team manager Anura Tennekoon's mobile phone and asked him to change the side after Sri Lanka lost to India on May 30, 2010 - in the second match of the Zimbabwe Tri-Series, according to explosive revelations made by the former 'Shadow Coach' Chandika Hathurusingha.
When Christmas comes this year, the highest paid man at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Suraj Dandeniya, will know his fate.
Will the nation remember Mr. Dandeniya as a scoundrel who plundered the resources of our beloved sport and brought our nation to disrepute at the 2011 World Cup, or will he come out more like Santa Claus bearing the R. Premadasa Stadium as a gift, ready in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011?
Dandeniya is Somachandra de Silva's nephew. He was recruited by SLC to be a part of the World Cup Secretariat for a whopping fee of $5000 USD/month and other perks.
Somachandra de Silva is the man President Rajapaksa appointed as the Chairman of the Interim Committee. de Silva appointed his nephew sans an interview nor an assessment of his qualifications for a crucial post; Dandeniya is responsible for the R. Premadasa Stadium which is currently in a shambolic state. But he does have till December 31 to pull off a miracle.
Peter Roebuck has conducted a good interview with Muttiah Muralitharan for the Sydney Morning Herald.
In it, Murali talks about many things, but interestingly, Murali pointed out something that we may have not known before.
Murali said that when he was first no-balled by Darrell Hair in the Boxing Day Test Match, 1995, in front of 55, 000 people, it was not the first time the umpire had the opportunity to no-ball him if he felt that Murali was a chucker.
When the ICC released the ICC Playing Handbook 2010-11 ( you can download a copy here), it had incorrectly published Nishantha Ranatunga as the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket. This prompted The Island newspaper in Sri Lanka to run an article titled: 'Now, Nishantha takes ICC for a ride'.
In the article, the paper accused the current secretary of the interim committee, Nishantha Ranatunga, of hoodwinking the ICC into thinking that he was the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
The paper pointed out that Ranatunga always took the place of Sri Lanka Cricket's CEO at ICC meetings that were meant only for CEOs of member countries. It also accused Ranatunga of kicking out former CEO, Duleep Mendis, and replacing him with the current, largely ceremonial, Ajit Jayasekara.