We don’t think that SLC President’s claims are of his own but they belong to the entity that he represents. Shammi Silva appears to be having little control over cricket governance since becoming President by default early this year. Cricket is being run from Campbell Place and not Maitland Place. Thilanga Sumathipala not only stole the show during Lasith Malinga’s retirement game but appeared on television outlining his vision for the game. Is there a better example of ‘puppet on a string’ than this?
Thilanga is not the only person who is dictating terms to the SLC President. Sports Minister Harin Fernando is all over him. Here’s an example. All-rounder Thisara Perera asked clearance from the board to play the Global T-20 in Canada. SLC turned down the request. Thisara approached the Minister and SLC’s decision was overturned at the drop of a hat. Now that’s called having a soft corner for a fellow Josephian.
While big boys like Harin and Thilanga are busy running Sri Lanka Cricket, Shammi is flexing his muscles giving punishment transfers to peons at SLC.