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A Strategic Plan to stabilise Sri Lanka’s Cricketing Dispensation

July 17, 2016

Sidath Wettimuny & Prasanna Jayawardena

This scheme of reform was formulated by Sidath Wettimuny and his Interim Committtee way back in October/November 2015 about two months before their term  was over. Sidath  received guidance from Prasanna Jayawardena, an eminent lawyer (PC). It is based on studies of the South African and Irish constitutions which were recommended by the ICC (to Sidath) as a good basis for a new constitution.  Sidath spoke to both Presidents of those respective countries while he was at the ICC meetings and got their views.It was presented to  Ranil Wickremasinghe and his Sports Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekera (according to the Sunday Times, 17 July 2016). It appears to have been pigeon holed.

SIDATH Sidath hqdefaultPrasanna

THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONCEPT PAPER:

  • Why Sri Lanka Cricket [“SLC”] should be reformed;
  • The present structure of SLC;
  • Recommend the manner of achieving the necessary reforms by: (a) incorporating SLC [which is presently an Unincorporated Association]; (b) introducing a better electoral process; and (c) improving the management structure of SLC.

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Reconstituting the Administration of Sri Lanka Cricket on the Cards?

January 29, 2016

Former interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny is hopeful that the proposal put forward by some of the interim committee members to change the Sri Lanka Cricket constitution would be implemented soon by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. “When I handed over a copy of the constitution proposal to the Prime Minister and to the Sports Minister they both accepted that there needs to be a change and showed a keenness for it,” said Wettimuny.

 

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Thilanga Sumathipala Speaks

January 17, 2016

S R Pathiravithana

Deprivation sometimes could transform into gallantry. It was a make-or-break affair for Thilanga Sumathipala, a man who was turned into a doormat of ‘interimism’ (a word that we coined under the given circumstances) for more than a decade through constant shutting down of the elected power base through the installation of interim committees.

Thilanga Sumathipala

The newly elected Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Sumathipala, has gone through the mill of cricket governance seeing the yo-yo effects of these experiences. Yet, he lived with his passion for cricket through all those years and now finally he is sitting in the office by the SSC grounds with that magnificent view and will be holding the magic wand of cricket power presumably for the next two years.

Last week the Sunday Times Musings had an exclusive chat with Sumathipala and he outlined his future vision for Sri Lanka Cricket and other matters pertaining to the wellbeing of the game.

First we asked the new president how he sees the challenges before him – a cricket team which is hobbling in the international arena, along with matters which are relevant to cricket governance. Sumathipala explained: “I think our first priority is the national team. We feel at present the national team is in disarray. Taking the whole gamut of Test cricket, ODI and T-20 cricket, we feel we have fairly a big issue at hand. On the other hand, we have a problem with the national coach.

When we look at a dedicated professional team, his responsibility is not only coaching. He is in-charge of the entire support service, training schedules, warm-up matches, setting up captain’s meetings. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sidath on Sri Lanka Cricket Finances

November 8, 2015

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in  Daily News, 7 November 2015, with title “Interim Committee saved Rs 438.7 million on waste”

With the Sports Minister calling for elections to Sri Lanka Cricket next month it is only a matter of less than two months before the interim committee headed by former Sri Lanka Test cricketer Sidath Wettimuny will cease to function. Unlike some similar committees of the past Wettimuny and Co can leave with their heads held high.When the interim committee took over on April 1, they started with a Rs. 207 million overdraft and owed US$ 7.8 million to the ICC and the Bank of Ceylon.

“I can proudly say that today we have over Rs. 200 million in the bank plus another US$ 4.6 million in reserve with the ICC to come. It’s a very healthy financial situation,” said Wettimuny. He also revealed that the amount they owed Bank of Ceylon has been brought down to US$ 370,000 which they plan to pay shortly.

SIDATH

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Four Momentous Steps for Future in Sri Lanka Cricket

April 18, 2015

ONE: New SLC Board:  Report courtesy of Wisden India, 3 March 2015 …. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/cricketnext/sidath-wettimuny-to-head-sri-lanka-cricket-interim-committee/537284-78.html

Sidath Wettimuny, the former Sri Lankan opener, has been appointed head of a nine-member interim committee to carry out functions of Sri Lanka Cricket. The committee, established by Navin Dissanayake, Sri Lanka’s sports minister, will be effective from Wednesday (April 1) and function until an election is held or until further notice. Prakash Schaffter was appointed secretary of the interim committee while Lucille Wijewardena was made treasurer. Kushil Gunasekara and Kapila Wijewardena were named vice-presidents. Nuzki Mohamed, Prasanna Jayawardena, Jayananda Warnaweera and Duminda Hulangamuwa are the other members. SLC board SLC-sidath + Minister Navin Dissanayake

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Sidath Wettimuny to head the new Interim Committee running Sri Lanka Cricket

March 31, 2015

Sajeewa Jayakody, reporting in the Daily News, 31 March 2015

Sidath Wettimuny

In government’s bid to revamp the Sri Lanka Cricket administration, a new Interim Committee has been appointed by the Sports and Tourism Minister Navin Dissanayake yesterday. After facing huge allegation on poor finance control and debt, the former elected body was dissolved by the Minister replacing a combination of past cricketers, professionals and administrators.

Former Test cricketer, one time Selection Committee Chairman Sidath Wettimuny, who was a two-time member of previous interim committees, has been appointed as the new Interim Committee President. Kushil Gunasekara and former Test cricketer Kapila Wijegunawardene chosen as the Vice Presidents.

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Tom Moody reviews Sri Lankan Cricket Scene

September 21, 2011

From SKYNEWS at http://www.skynews.com.au/sport/article.aspx?id=662380&vId=

Sri Lanka haven’t won a Test since Muttiah Muralidaran retired back in July last year, a run stretching over 10 matches following the draw with Australia in Kandy. The game’s administration in the country is also struggling, a permanent replacement is yet to be appointed for former coach Trevor Bayliss. The Australian departed following April’s World Cup, before the country’s sports minister dissolved the cricket administration in July amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement, while rumours continued to circulate about players who were unsure of new captain Tillakaratne Dilshan’s leadership qualities.

But former Australian Test player Moody, who coached Sri Lanka from 2005-07, believes getting past the departure of retired greats like Muralidaran, fast bowler Chaminda Vaas and batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will be the nation’s biggest challenge. Read the rest of this entry ?

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From Murali to Mendis, there’s method in the madness

September 8, 2011

Peter Roebuck, in the Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2011

Pic from AFP

Pic from Reuters

No country has in recent times produced more original cricketers than Sri Lanka. Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga, Murali and Ajantha Mendis stand out as the most unorthodox players of their generation. In that time,Sri Lanka has endured a civil war, reporters have been eliminated, the defeated presidential candidate languishes in jail, and the cricket community has for 15 years been run by interim committees. Maybe chaos can be liberating, maybe organisation can stifle.

Murali’s freakish style has been admired and debated but not copied. Like Thommo, he has been inimitable. In his youth, he turned the ball prodigiously but latterly he relied as much upon disguise. Jayasuriya was the first of the modern breed of blasting openers; he struck the ball with awesome power. Malinga is a round-armer, a bunch long assumed to be extinct who ruled the roost briefly between the underarmers and overarmers. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Exterminate Parasites before any Sri Lanka Cricket Elections

August 23, 2011

S. R. Pathiravithana, in Sunday Leader, 14 August 2011, under a different title

The present Interim Committtee– Pic from Sunday Leader

It was only last week we paid a glowing tribute to the new cricket management for a job that was being well executed. We always believe that when the top is strong it is not difficult for the message to cascade or even a slithering slimy stone to convert itself into a solid hard rock that could withstand pressure knowing that if the job is well done it will be mirrored all over.

You just do not have to keep opening cupboards to look for good results – the job of cricket was passed on to good hands and the players on the field are performing with new vigour. The athletic catch that Angelo Mathews and Mahela Jayawardena combined to complete just talks of a team that is well tuned and battling its way ahead. Never in the living memory of modern day cricket, has a catch being completed in that manner and this was not the first time that Mathews had raised the eye-brows of the cricketing world with a catch akin to that.

Maybe down the line of executing their duties, our cricketers may come upon a bad day at work, but, that does not mean it is the end of the world. They are a good set of cricketers and they know the performance that keeps them afloat.

Besides that, while engaged in friendly banter with a top official of the cricketing citadel last week Musings learned that things are going in the right direction and the persons who are entrusted with certain chores thus have the freedom to accomplish them with a little or no interference.

Yet we, at this end, keep wondering whether this group of people are aware that they have less time to execute their vision than the time it takes to for a woman to bring forth a child to this world. A six-month period is a limited time for the new administration which is doing well and still questions are being raised whether there is an agenda behind the agenda.

This team led by businessman Upali Dharmadasa is well aware and it was unequivocally stressed by the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage at their inauguration that after six months he would call for elections to choose office-bearers to govern the cricket of this country for the next 365 days.
Yet is it clear that if this management does a good job within this six months — hardly a term to show their colours — would Upali be called upon to run for the chair with his team or there is some embryo who is being hatched in the heavens or else it would be a free for all where dog eat dog and the wily cat survives. Or else would Upali want to run for the chair even against the wind?

It is no secret even on the day Upali Dharmadasa was inaugurated at his position as the new Interim Committee Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket it was not only the media that was gathered there at the sports ministry. Walking down the corridors and assembling small gangs were the scum of cricket who has made a living out of it. These parasites have lived with the game for the past few decades and fattened themselves on it with ethics or human qualities not being their concern. They flaunt their votes to a highest bidder or what they can get out of them. Down the line these characters have also built a certain skill and they have managed to work in such a line where they are responsible for a block vote and sometimes it may run to more than ten.

It is said that the SLC vote count runs to 145 votes and the break down reads as 23 affiliated members @ one vote each; 29 controlling clubs @ 2 votes each; 21 District Associations @ 2 votes each; six Associations @ 2 votes each and five provinces @ 2 votes each.

Yet it is learned that the king maker who designs and shapes every movable and immovable thing in this country holds a block vote of 46 votes which is only 28 votes short of the number of votes required to win.

Then there is another individual of the previously mentioned quality who holds a block of 17 votes. He has gone on record boasting at a VIP gathering – “I am not playing the fool. I have come here with a total of seventeen votes. If you want them, take me seriously or else I go where they would take me seriously”.

We learn that this person who has allegedly cooked the accounts even with regard to packets of meals that is given to labourers during international matches is hard at work even at this Australian tour ofSri Lanka.

So we learn that pressure gets into even a crystal sculpture. Then there is also a person who holds a block of fifteen votes, but, yet his credentials are no better those of the man of seventeen.

Then another club veteran who has a finger in the pie said, “You have to know every individual and every move of the opposition. For instance a club committee can meet and decide that they will cast their vote for one individual or split their vote into A and B in case of they are entitled to two votes. However, what happens is a candidate who knows the pulse of the certain individual and also knows how the machine works can work on the individual who is entrusted with the job of voting at the AGM and makes him a mandate breaker.”

He also added, “This is not a new thing to Sri Lanka Cricket. This is the system that has been working in this country for the past one and a half decades when Interim Committees were at place and the system will work for the foreseeable future. Maybe an individual comes forward with a load of good intentions, but, once he attends to the parasitic interests of the individuals he has very little time left to do anything else.”

He then brought forward the example of former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga bid to the cricket’s hot seat. “He came with the cricket World Cup and a load of good intentions. But, he did not want to run with the existing system. So at the end of the count he ended up with seven votes to his credit. So he too learned that it is

Maybe down the line of executing their duties, our cricketers may come upon a bad day at work, but, that does not mean it is the end of the world. They are a good set of cricketers and they know the performance that keeps them afloat.

Besides that, while engaged in friendly banter with a top official of the cricketing citadel last week Musings learned that things are going in the right direction and the persons who are entrusted with certain chores thus have the freedom to accomplish them with a little or no interference.

Yet we, at this end, keep wondering whether this group of people are aware that they have less time to execute their vision than the time it takes to for a woman to bring forth a child to this world. A six-month period is a limited time for the new administration which is doing well and still questions are being raised whether there is an agenda behind the agenda.

This team led by businessman Upali Dharmadasa is well aware and it was unequivocally stressed by the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage at their inauguration that after six months he would call for elections to choose office-bearers to govern the cricket of this country for the next 365 days.
Yet is it clear that if this management does a good job within this six months — hardly a term to show their colours — would Upali be called upon to run for the chair with his team or there is some embryo who is being hatched in the heavens or else it would be a free for all where dog eat dog and the wily cat survives. Or else would Upali want to run for the chair even against the wind?

It is no secret even on the day Upali Dharmadasa was inaugurated at his position as the new Interim Committee Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket it was not only the media that was gathered there at the sports ministry. Walking down the corridors and assembling small gangs were the scum of cricket who has made a living out of it. These parasites have lived with the game for the past few decades and fattened themselves on it with ethics or human qualities not being their concern. They flaunt their votes to a highest bidder or what they can get out of them. Down the line these characters have also built a certain skill and they have managed to work in such a line where they are responsible for a block vote and sometimes it may run to more than ten.

It is said that the SLC vote count runs to 145 votes and the break down reads as 23 affiliated members @ one vote each; 29 controlling clubs @ 2 votes each; 21 District Associations @ 2 votes each; six Associations @ 2 votes each and five provinces @ 2 votes each.

Yet it is learned that the king maker who designs and shapes every movable and immovable thing in this country holds a block vote of 46 votes which is only 28 votes short of the number of votes required to win.

Then there is another individual of the previously mentioned quality who holds a block of 17 votes. He has gone on record boasting at a VIP gathering – “I am not playing the fool. I have come here with a total of seventeen votes. If you want them, take me seriously or else I go where they would take me seriously”.

We learn that this person who has allegedly cooked the accounts even with regard to packets of meals that is given to labourers during international matches is hard at work even at this Australian tour ofSri Lanka.

So we learn that pressure gets into even a crystal sculpture. Then there is also a person who holds a block of fifteen votes, but, yet his credentials are no better those of the man of seventeen.

Then another club veteran who has a finger in the pie said, “You have to know every individual and every move of the opposition. For instance a club committee can meet and decide that they will cast their vote for one individual or split their vote into A and B in case of they are entitled to two votes. However, what happens is a candidate who knows the pulse of the certain individual and also knows how the machine works can work on the individual who is entrusted with the job of voting at the AGM and makes him a mandate breaker.”

He also added, “This is not a new thing to Sri Lanka Cricket. This is the system that has been working in this country for the past one and a half decades when Interim Committees were at place and the system will work for the foreseeable future. Maybe an individual comes forward with a load of good intentions, but, once he attends to the parasitic interests of the individuals he has very little time left to do anything else.”

He then brought forward the example of former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga bid to the cricket’s hot seat. “He came with the cricket World Cup and a load of good intentions. But, he did not want to run with the existing system. So at the end of the count he ended up with seven votes to his credit. So he too learned that it is is only a different game that would bring him to his desired seat and he just did that”.

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Upali Dharmadasa, the SLC chief, slams Interim Committees

August 23, 2011

Saroj Pathirana, for the BBC Sinhala Service, 21 August 2011

The head of Sri Lanka Cricket says the continuous appointment of Interim Committtees  over the years to run the country’s richest sports body has paved the way for what he calls a greedy culture. Upali Dharmadasa, who was recently appointed by the sports minister as the new chairman of the chairman of the interim committee (IC), says that only two governing bodies were democratically elected since 1998. “The SLC has been controlled by nine interim committees, including me, since then,” he told BBC Sandeshaya. “This (the new culture) is a direct result of the appointment of interim committees.”

‘Injustice’: He said the continuous appointment of the ICs by consecutive governments is an injustice to the game of cricket. The IC chief described the recent controversy over a group of junior coaches refusing to provide voluntary assistance to organise the current Sri Lanka Vs Australia series as a ‘clear indication of the greedy culture created as a result of cricket management by ICs’.

Mr Dharmadasa said he took over the chairmanship of the new interim committee, on the request of the minister, to sort out alleged malpractices including financial irregularities during the recently concluded cricket World Cup and to pave the way for and elected governing body. “I would like to see that the clubs, affiliate clubs and district associations once again working to uplift cricket. That is what we had before,” the chairman who took over the reigns from DS de Silva on 01 July said. Read the rest of this entry ?