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Minister’s influence reason for cricket’s decline – Wettimuny

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Too much influence of the Ministry of Sports in the affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket is one of the main reasons for the decline of the game today, former Sri Lankan Test Cricketer Sidath Wettimuny said.

“There are many reasons for the decline but too much of influence by the Ministry of Sports has been a major reason,” Mr. Wettimuny said at the “Forum with Eran” a panel discussion conducted by UNP MP Eran Wickremaratne in Colombo last evening.

Wettimunuty, who is also a former Chairman of Selectors recalled that anyone who was planning to do good work at Sri Lanka Cricket was prevented by the Sports Ministry in the recent years. “Office Bearers of Sri Lanka Cricket were removed almost every six months,” he recalled

He said none of the cricket stadiums that were built in Sri Lanka during the recent years has the essential facilities. Therefore he said neither the Hambantota and Pallakele international grounds, nor the Dambulla grounds, has a gymnasium, a pool and indoor nets which are essential for the training. “There is nothing wrong in constructing these stadiums but one should have made sure that the necessary facilities were available.”

Referring to the conduct of cricketers he said the status of cricketers has changed today as it had become a full profession unlike the old days, when he himself was playing for the national side. “One must see whether he or she could expect a cricketer to commit himself to his country if he is offered half a million dollars more in a contract to play for domestic tournaments on foreign soil,” he therefore said.

Member of Parliament and former President Sri Lanka Cricket Thilanga Sumathiapala, who also participated in the discussion, charged that Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgasmage had failed to reason out as to why he had rejected his nomination for Presidency at Sri Lanka Cricket. Sumathiapala said he had every qualification to contest for the presidency as he no longer holds the director’s post of a media company, a company involved in gambling and a company involved in importing sports goods. However he said his wife is a director of a sports goods importing company while his father is running the gambling entity at the moment.

Recalling how he got about in developing cricket during his tenure as the Sri Lanka Cricket President he said planning for the Dambulla stadium from the year 2008. He said Rs 50 million was set aside every year to meet the expenditure of this project. Coming up with a disclosure he said the annual accounts have not been approved by Sri Lanka Cricket at its AGM from 2004 to 2012. (Yohan Perera)
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  • PRASANNAJIT Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:53 AM

    One genuine cricketer to talk straight. They played for the country , not for money.

    sl Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:00 AM

    This is the state of the country today via DM Android App

    janak Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:54 AM

    is sports minisiter knows the weight of the cricket ball

    habeeb Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:00 AM

    Now this is a statemant from a real gentleman. If any one opose this go on and burn in the hell.

    saradiyal Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:01 AM

    The people with a feeling for the country should come out and speak, just like Sidath did and educate the masses of the plight the country is in.

    asoka Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:06 AM

    when politics has gone to religious places and schools what to say about sports...mahindananda cannot do anything without the blessings of the president...therefore president is the one to be blame...

    GC Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:14 AM

    He should have discovered the true situation only after accepting the post you are referring to.

    Fayad Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:08 AM

    Hope no one will brand him as traitor or foreign influence for coming out with the truth.

    GC Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:14 AM

    … and provide an alternative, honest and competent leadership to rescue Mother Lanka.

    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:15 AM

    Hats off to you sir being brave to tell the truth,
    We should get rid of these people from sports, not even qualified to be a groundsman

    GC Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:20 AM

    I thought Sidath is Sinhala

    Saradial Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:18 AM

    Not many Sri Lankans would have the guts to make such a statement. Well done Sidath. You have spoken on behalf of all law abiding people.

    GC Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:21 AM

    Actually, being a proper groundsman is a skilled job. Perhaps a water carrier or boot cleaner?

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:23 AM

    Buffaloa thinks he has the solution for every issue...must be a mad cow.

    DHA Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:28 PM

    Finally somebody has the guts to speaks out....

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:23 AM

    Great reply....I'm still laughing!!

    chams Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:29 AM

    While endorsing what Sidath said, I think there are much more powerful people than minister are poking their fingers in cricketing affairs who are also responsible for the chaos!

    Anura Nanayakkara Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:37 AM

    ICC should intervene prohibiting polititians meddling with the game . Minister of sports should quit the job.

    Gamini Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:21 AM

    Well said Sidath.

    Be fair...... Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:09 AM

    Well said Sir, but be careful of the thug........"This is Land Like No other" truth can be distorted

    Srilankan Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:19 PM

    Sidath is a great cricketer , true son of Srilaka. Please help SL Cricket if there is anyway that u can contribute

    Ranjitdea Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:11 AM

    Whom are you referring to dud

    fazly Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:42 PM

    Sid, MINISTERS' have influenced and ruined the game of cricket.

    Suny J fm Melbourne Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:33 AM

    Really ???......thank you for introducing The "buffalo theory"...

    Yehiya Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:32 AM

    Thilanka is spoiled entire frame of cricket. But Sidath Ranjan,Roy are still with the good charactor in people mind.

    Kamal-USA Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:33 AM

    Sir how can you talk against your govt & your minster.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:49 AM

    MR. WETTIMUNY'S STATEMENTS WAS CORRECT AND COMMENDABLE AND WE FULLY ENDORSE AND AGREE

    Confused Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:59 AM

    Buffaloes seem to be racist animals

    Iraj Jayarathne Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:34 AM

    I think he hasn't got his cut and now angry, didn't you have any shame when accepting a post from same ministry of sports ?

    Truth Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:38 AM

    Not only the cricket,whole system of the country collapsed due to un _educated ,Unethical ministers and their clan!!

    willows Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:06 AM

    a very commendable statement from a real gentleman, hats off Sir.

    sach Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:11 AM

    i just remembered Rajan ashirwadan

    jayantha silva Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:51 AM

    Well said Sidath , you always played with a straight bat .

    rathne Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:55 AM

    not only cricket, whole country has gone to dogs due to corrupted and ill-politics.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:13 AM

    You are unaware of what games these chaps played in the 80's

    Buffaloa Citizen Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:05 AM

    Appoint a muslim, tamil or burgher to these positions. As long as sinhalese are appointed, their will be intimidation and crooked deals. Short and sweet of the story.


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