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Bloodletting in Cricket Australia Management Continues

November 7, 2018

ONE: Vipin Darwade, in CricketAge, 7 November 2018

Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday that High Performance chief Pat Howard will leave his role next week as the fallout from a scathing cultural review into the governing body continues. Howard, who has been in the role since 2011, had intended to stay until the Ashes tour of England next year, CA announced last month, a week before releasing the Longstaff review. “While Pat Howard has previously made clear his intentions not to renew his contract next year, it has been decided to bring forward his departure which will take effect next week after a handover,” CA said in a statement.

Belinda Clark has agreed to take on the role of Interim EGM, Team Performance until Pat’s permanent replacement is announced in the new year.

Kieran McMillan will step into the Interim EGM, Community Cricket role until such time that Belinda returns to her post.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Both Jayasuriya and Zoysa charged by ICC Anti-Corruption Unit

November 3, 2018

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Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code, the world governing body has announced.The former captain and explosive opening batsman has refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU), the ICC said in a statement.

Charges: Sanath Jayasuriya, seen here back in his playing days, is under investigation.Charges: Sanath Jayasuriya, seen here back in his playing days, is under investigation.CREDIT:TIM CLAYTON

The 49-year-old has also been charged with trying to conceal, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to an anti-corruption investigation.”Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the ICC statement said.

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Piyal Nandana Charged in Sri Lanka Cricket Fraud Case: Huge Ramifications looming

November 2, 2018

N Krishnamurthy, in Cricket Age, 2 November 2018,

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has found several shocking details about Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) chief financial officer Piyal Nadana in the 11.1 million dollars attempted fraud case, Cricket Age reliably learns. After new findings, the CID has extended his remand till November 15.  A Few days ago, the CID had arrested Piyal in the ongoing investigation of the attempted fraud. According to sources, in the investigation, CID has found that Piyal was using 7 different mobile phones while working at SLC. More surprisingly, CID has found Piyal’s 18 different bank accounts along with his wife.

The investigative CID officials are confident that these findings will help them to find real culprit behind this attempted fraud. It is noteworthy that, Piyal was a employee of former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala few years back.

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A Muckraking Essay from Krishnamurthy about Hathurusingha

October 1, 2018

N Krishnamurthy  in Cricket Age, 30 September 2018, with this title : “Exclusive! Is Sri Lanka Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha No More A Buddhist?”

Ever since his arrival in Sri Lanka as national Team head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha has become the most powerful and manipulative at the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC). Especially, after the shameful departure of Thilanga Sumathipala led administration on May 31st, he has extended his control over several other non cricketing expects [sic] as well, like in which airlines Sri Lanka team should travel!

 

SLC too, in a bid to hide its incompetent and wrongdoings, gave Hathurusingha all the authority! Though, Sri Lanka Cricket is still in shambles.

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Panic Stations and Chaos in Sri Lankan Cricket Selections: Angelo Sacked

September 24, 2018

Champika Fernando, in Daily Mirror, 24 September 2018, where the title reads“Sacked Mathews feels ‘betrayed and let down’

Angelo Mathews feels he has been ‘betrayed and let down’ after he was asked to resign from the captaincy taking full responsibility for the Asia Cup debacle.Mathews who tendered his resignation last night from the captaincy says he is even willing to retire from limited over cricket if the selectors and the coach believe he is unfit to play ODI and T20 cricket.

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Attempts to exclude Our 1996 Cricketing Heroes

September 21, 2018

N Krishnamurthy, in Cricket Age, 21 September 2018. with this headline Ravin Wickramaratne Instructs Rupavahini To Avoid 1996 World Cup Heroes For ICC Trophy Events”

During Thilanga Sumathipala’s disastrous two years regime at Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), one of his particular associates,  Ravin Wickramaratne, was the most controversial administrators, as his involvement was exposed in domestic match fixing and countless overseas tours as assistant secretary of the board. Now, Sumathipala has perished, but Ravin is still flying high, though in different field. Few days ago, the country’s President Maithripala Sirisena had ‘mysteriously’ appointed him as his representative at Rupavahini Corporation to look after his ‘interests’.

Immediately, Ravin has started manipulating things!

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Australian Bullies against the Spirit of Cricket

September 15, 2018

ESPNcricket staff, September 2018, “Moeen Ali: ‘Rude’ Australia only team I disliked”

England allrounder Moeen Ali has called the recent Australia team “rude” and that they are the only one he has “disliked” following the 2017-18 Ashes series and a previous tour three years ago.Shortly after the Ashes, which Australia won 4-0, they w ere sent into crisis by the ball-tampering saga in South Africa which led to 12-month bans for Steven Smith and David Warner and a nine-month ban for Cameron Bancroft.

Cricket Australia commissioned a review into the culture around the team while much criticism was leveled on them, both for what happened at Newlands and also the environment that built up beforehand

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