Negotiations with former legend

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:48 GMT, Sep 10, 2017 |

Sri Lanka Cricket officials are in negotiations with former great Aravinda de Silva to take over a key position after the national cricket team hit new lows in the last six months. Initially SLC was negotiating with Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup hero to take over as Chairman of Selectors as he had done a fine job in that role from 2010 to 2011. However, in the last few days SLC has shown interest in giving De Silva a more significant position.

Discussions are being held with the Sports Ministry to bring in Aravinda as a Vice-President of SLC as the position is vacant following the resignation of Jayantha Dharmadasa, a top SLC official told Sunday Island.

Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who contested the post of Vice-President at SLC elections in 2016 is said to be eligible for the post, but it is unlikely that Ranatunga will accept any positions as he is highly critical of the current administration.

Sunday Island learns that if there are complications in De Silva being made a Vice-President as he didn’t contest the election, SLC will create a new position and thereby hand him all matters pertaining to international cricket. His first task will be to head hunt a new Head Coach.

De Silva was the Head of Cricket Committee, but he quit the post in May after the board made some decisions without his consultation.

Initially De Silva had turned down the offer due to alleged constant interferences in matters pertaining to cricket by some powerful members of SLC Ex-Co, but after much persuasion, he had eventually agreed to consider the request.

Sri Lanka are in danger of playing a qualifying tournament to book their berth in the ICC Cricket World Cup after they failed to gain automatic qualification. At present, they need West Indies to lose two games in the five match ODI series against England to gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

Sri Lanka also have fared badly in Test cricket this year having suffered a first ever defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Earlier in January they were whitewashed in South Africa and then suffered a whitewash in Tests by India followed by a 5-0 drubbing in the ODIs. It was the first time Sri Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 at home.

A meeting has been scheduled for next Friday (15th September) by the Sports Ministry involving several present and former stakeholders of the sport and some progress is expected to be made during the meeting.

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