Sri Lanka Cricket to replace spin bowling coach with Sachith Pathirana – report

Sachith Pathriana

The Island learns that SLC intends to recruit Sachith Pathirana as a Spin Bowling Coach. Pathirana (30) is still an active First Class cricketer.

Ever since Thilanga Sumathipala was elected President of Sri Lanka Cricket, Pathirana received an extended run in the national cricket team despite minimal returns. Now that he has been well and truly exposed in the international arena, the current administration seems to be pushing his case as a coach.

Pathirana’s father Janaka controls around seven votes at the cricket AGM and voted heavily in favour of the current administration during the last cricket elections.

Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya faces a lengthy suspension from international cricket after his bowling action was reported as suspect for a second time following the opening Test match against New Zealand at the Galle International Stadium on Sunday.

The Sri Lankan team management was provided with footage of about six deliveries which caused suspicion and one delivery in particular is sure to get him into trouble, a source privy to the exchanges between the International Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket told The Island.

Leave a Comment


  1. First things first – is the man qualified for the role? The 7 votes – what a shame we need to talk about this sort of thing before we even consider if the man is qualified. If he is not, he cannot be in.

  2. Part of the role of being a coach comes from your expertise. Whether that is having previous coaching experience or having experience playing the game. I feel that players can trust and believe a coach better if the coach has shown talent in playing the sport or shown success in coaching. Pathirana as far as I’m concerned has done zero previous coaching and has not played nearly enough cricket to prove he is worthy of coaching the national side. His recruitment as the spin coach is embarrassing

  3. It is mind boggling that the obvious double standards at SLC continue unabated. The crook Shammi and his cronies need to be replaced with individuals with a solid corporate background. Almost everyone who has been revolving in and out of SLC in the recent past have repeated similar destructive, destabilising, demoralising and politically driven behaviour. They should be banished from the game forever. Please disinfect this cesspool of scumbags and start fresh. Unfortunately kudu Harin is equally corrupt so not living in hope at present.