(Lanka-e-News - 17.July.2017, 11.30PM) It is an incontrovertible fact that Sri Lanka’s cricket is currently going through a bad patch .Whatever that is attempted only reaps sad and bad results. So is the ‘One Nation One Cricket’ slogan which has also not produced any unity. It is in such a muddle the Vice presidents , coaches and captains have resigned. The coach who is remaining is only an interim coach . The administration too is an interim one.
Though the sports minister and players are holding media briefings and glorifying themselves , the truth of the matter is those are all noisy flatulence and empty of substance. The sports minister who disdains the tummy size of the players does exercises in the morning and evening to attract media publicity , while Lasith Malinga raises his shirt and displays his tummy to the media. This is cricket in Sri Lanka (SL) now!
Lasith Malinga despite his brags and braggadocios clearly demonstrated his incompetence as a bowler when he bagged only three wickets in the five matches he played with Zimbabwe , the team that is ranked 11 th in international cricket .
Sanath Jayasuriya who is considered as cool and a laughing stock by the world is to continue as chairman of selection committee for some time. Sanath dancing to the tunes of Sumathipalas and Shammis by promoting and bringing in players whom they fancy , at once axes players against whom they have a dislike. It is based on these reasons Shanuka who was playing in England was got down suddenly during the period of Rajapakses.
Shammis who are pointing an accusing finger at Charlie Austin on manager mafia of players has himself commenced a players’ manager base putting Nasoom Azar in the front under a sly arrangement .Rob Ashwell , Asanka Wijewardena , Roshan Abeysinghe , Ravi De Silva , Thushil Gunasekera and Mohomed are offshoots of this mafia.
It is only a few who know that notorious Nishantha Ranatunge the brother of Arjuna Ranatunge was the first manager of Dinesh Chandimal , though Arjuna is launching a verbal onslaught on Austin Charlie .During those days , Nishantha using Chandimal tried to get Sangakkara and Mahela into his net , but that proved futile. Arjuna who is castigating Gamini Lokuge over the television deal , does not speak about the illicit deal transacted by his brother Nishantha with CSN , and the shady deal with the Nimbus local agent Hashan Thilakaratne to arrive at an amicable settlement with Nimbus in respect of the legal proceedings.
Arjuna revealed , a cricket chief in SL earned many millions of rupees because of SL team’s unexpected defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe . He was referring to Thilanga and nobody else. Though it is in the name of Thilanga’s brother the business affairs are conducted , the family of Thilanga are also partners in one of the two main bookie business ventures alias betting centers in SL. Even while there is a ban imposed by the ICC that such an individual cannot hold a post in the cricket association , and the sports Act provisions too prohibit , yet Thilanga is in the hot seat of the cricket association as well as he is a member of the executive committee of the ICC.
It is not wrong if doubts have proliferated because Thilanga the unscrupulous book maker during the recent past manipulated to win the bet, the SL team lost to Zimbabwe. Perhaps Arjuna is well aware of Thilanga’s rackets more than others because Thilanga was at one time a bosom pal of Arjuna who introduced Thilanga to the cricket association for the first time. Yet Arjuna instead of taking the bull by the horns is only stooping to the lowliest levels , and planting his rotten brinjal in others’ gardens.
Thilanga who has the patronage of the president even if he hasn’t prime minister’s , exploiting that to the full has nearly completed two years as chairman via the interim committee without any issue despite all the rackets.
Thilanga is using president’s daughter Chaturika as a tool to fix all his problems after entrusting the cricket association publicity worth many millions of rupees to the advertising Co. ‘ Media gang’ belonging to Chaturika . All the publicity that was done earlier by the cricket association’s media and trade division is being carried out at very exorbitant costs by “ Media Gang’’ and “Shift’’ advertising agencies .
Now the cricket association at every religious function publishes greetings and goodwill messages in all newspapers . In the advertisement published by the cricket association last Poson Poya there were a number of printing mistakes. ‘Anubudhu’ Theras was printed as ‘Ahubudhu’ Theras. Those advertisements were prepared by Chaturika’s ‘Media Gang’
In addition ,recently the cricket association sacrificed Rs. 50 million of its funds to two temples . Though the Daily Mirror published it , the sports minister could not notice that as much as he noticed the tummies of players .
While wasting association funds on an unprecedented profligate scale , Thilangas indulged in yet another disgraceful and despicable activity at the end of the Zimbabwe – SL tournament. They removed the trousers of the laborers who were employed on a temporary basis on a daily wage of Rs. 1000.00 per laborer. These laborers were employed to cover the turf .
It is a practice to provide these laborers with a Tee shirt and a ‘bottom’, apart from the daily payment to them because of the television cameras which may capture them . The cricket association which finds a sponsor for that , has never ever taken back the dress given to them in the past. But on this occasion the 125 laborers were forced to return the ‘bottoms’ they were wearing if they were to be paid their daily wages. This order came from Association’s very top echelon. These poor laborers having no choice had returned their bottoms and gone home only with their underwear because this came as a surprise to them.
Following the humiliating defeat SL faced at the hands of Zimbabwe a team ranked very low in international cricket , it is the trousers as well as the jockstraps of the cricket association chiefs - the disgraceful zeros who proudly parade as great heroes which should have been removed . Instead these shameless lokkas (chiefs) have removed the ‘bottoms’ of the poor laborers , and mind you that order has come from the association’s very ‘top’ .
It must therefore be first examined whether those at the Association’s ‘top’ (they haven’t anything inside at their top of course is well known !) haven’t anything even at the bottom going by the inordinate concern shown by them to the ‘bottoms’ of the laborers . This is because no sane employer unless he is bottomless himself would take back forcibly the ‘ bottoms’ of the poor laborers under him.
When the media exposed this disgraceful episode which was the result of Thilanga’s evil proposition , the CEO Ashley De Silva who gave that instruction to Sooriyawewa playground officials ,and another bloke by the name of Jerome Jayaratne holding a post were however saved , after blaming the incident on a minor officer of the Western province. The employees of the cricket association pointed out , when Jerome was the chief of the coaching division he was nicknamed ‘kalisama’ because he wore shorts when he came to work. Therefore the same ‘kalisama’ ordering the removal of the trousers of the poor laborers is a most abominable joke , they pinpointed .
The decline in the performance of SL women’s cricket team which was maintaining a high position in tests , one day and 20-20 games in world tournaments – now ranked eighth is another indication of the disastrous state of SL ‘s cricket . Can the cricket standard of SL descend any lower than this ?
In the circumstances it is the president of the association , CEO and the sports minister who were caught well and truly with not only their trousers but even their jockstraps down. No wonder the whole cricket arena is stinking. The worst part ? Unbelievably , it is these same villains who have removed the trousers of the poor innocent laborers . But in the end , it is the cricket fans watching their favorite game breaking rest who will have to go without their pants – robbed by these villains .
Meanwhile Arjuna who has always been fishing in troubled waters is now making sly moves while claiming loudly he can extricate SL’s cricket from its present plight and predicament . Next report will be about Arjuna
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