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SLC uncovers major racket

21 April 2017 10:24 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has uncovered a major racket whereby one of its foreign coaches is alleged to have set up a lucrative side business bringing in foreign teams for matches to Sri Lanka without SLC’s knowledge.

SLC will investigate further to ascertain whether the British Coach, who heads a department and is paid US $12,000 (Rs. 1.8 million), accrued sizable financial gain from the practice.

Among the teams he is learned to have brought to Sri Lanka for encounters with club teams is the Under-16 English Side and a Surrey County Side.

There are a number of agents and groups involved in bringing down foreign teams but typically, any matches involving National sides are organised through SLC.

“When we heard about it, we did an initial inquiry,” a top SLC official said, on condition of anonymity.

“He has been doing this but we have no proof to say he benefited financially through the deals. So, we decided to inquire further.”

“I hope he will not continue this,” he added. “If he does it again, we will take tough action.”  The accused, who was in charge of a County Side in England, was hired last May to set up a highly ambitious coaching centre.

In addition to a nearly Rs. 2 million salary, the SLC provides him free accommodation, transport and other facilities. In the last 16 months, SLC has hired several foreign coaches to coaching positions within the National set-up but questions are being asked whether high profile figures have helped improve - or, at least, arrest - the dropping standards of the game.(Champika Fernando)

  Comments - 11

  • Nalin Friday, 21 April 2017 11:01 AM

    Oh to be involved with Sri Lanka Cricket where the grass is always green is indeed the dream of many

    Kamal Saturday, 22 April 2017 08:21 PM

    LOL... Thilanga and Aravinda must be doing charity work for SLC for free. They properbly earning 2 million per day.

    ed Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:48 AM

    Do not blame the foreign coach !!!! OPEN your eyes, I am sure there are several Sri Lankans who are used to CORRUPT behavior and knowing the SLC organisation and the inside movement is DEFINITELY INVOLVED !!!! The Sri Lankan are good in BLAMING the other. Why not get a serious INQUIRY DONE and even get the CID to investigate. This has to be STOPPED. IMMEDIATELY because we are paying and giving all luxury perks to these foreign coaches and WE NEED TO GET PERFECT RESULTS. I am sure they are laughing at us !!!!

    Palitha Galapitiya Friday, 21 April 2017 01:06 PM

    Loka horuntath Gemak Deela.......!!!

    Shelly. Friday, 21 April 2017 01:24 PM

    Not only the foreign coach. But every one at SLC is involved side business using office. Inclusive cleaning and minor staff. via DM Android App

    WISE DONKEY Friday, 21 April 2017 01:28 PM

    Corruption and rackets in Sri Lanka are like our garbage dumps, stinking to the high haven. It has infested from the bottom to the top you may eradicate H1N1 but not corruption in our country. It doesn't look a shame or disgrace as you see the those handcuffed marching to the remand with smiles and displaying their handcuffs to the camera with pride as if they have won an Oscar award.

    sacre blieu Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:16 AM

    Sri Lanka has become a paradise for scams, frauds and crime of all varieties.

    Sincere Friday, 21 April 2017 01:42 PM

    SLC is always sitting on rackets. No rackets, no SLC!

    Sambo Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:59 AM

    Yes! SLC is sitting on rackets and not on bats. Birds of feather flock together.

    Sanju Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:35 AM

    "..... a lucrative side business bringing in foreign teams for matches to Sri Lanka without SLC’s knowledge."How could this be possible ? How could foreign teams come in and play matches without the SLC's knowledge ? How ? And what teams and what matches are these ?

    Ranil Saturday, 22 April 2017 05:43 PM

    this article is rediculous. the headline is ''Major scam......". in betweeen the article, there is a comment saying still the Cricket Board is not sure whether the coach had financial benefits or not.I doubt this will get published. However Editor will see this. Please ask the reporters to be responsible. After you kill the name of a man, he has a lot to do to reclaim the glory and it is not fair.

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