Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, who was reportedly denied the opportunity to play in the Global T20 Canada tournament by Sri Lanka Cricket, had turned to Sports Minister Harin Fernando to help overrule the decision by the cricket board and allow the all-rounder to feature in the Canadian T20 competition, according to a report on a Sri Lankan newspaper.
Perera featured for the Montreal Tigers in two matches after missing the start of the tournament due to the bilateral series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in July, and appears to have travelled to Toronto only after his national commitments were completed.
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“Thisara approached the Minister and SLC’s decision was overturned at the drop of a hat,” the Sports Editor of the The Island newspaper Rex Clementine wrote in an article this week. “Now that’s called having a soft corner for a fellow Josephian.”
The report by Clementine did not cite the source of his claim which, if accurate, would highlight another example of political interference by the island’s sports minister, which the International Cricket Council does not allow.
The minister, earlier this month, directed SLC officials in a letter to not utilise Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach for the series against New Zealand.
Perera scored 26 runs and took 3-44 in his two matches for Montreal Tigers in the GT20 Canada tourney, which ended in a tied final between Winnipeg Hawks and Vancouver Knights, and eventually won by Winnipeg Hawks in a one-over eliminator.
Sri Lanka’s next assignment is a two-match home Test series against New Zealand beginning on August 14 in Galle.
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