Apr 28, 2019

SLC bigwig tosses Avishka aside!

Sri Lanka Cricket A team coach Avishka Gunawardena has been taken out and relegated to the ranks of a junior coach, reports say.
Gunawardena has now been made the coach of what is being called the “Emerging Team” while Thilan Samaraweera has been made the Sri Lanka A team coach.
He has been informed of his replacement and new appointment  by SLC CEO - Ashley de Silva.
The move has raised eyebrows of many as Gunawardena is lauded as probably the most successful A team coach the country ever had.

During the last three years that Gunawardena handled the Sri Lanka A team, not a single series was lost with wins posted over the West Indies, Bangladesh and England A teams.

Gunawardena despite his results is also the lowest paid coach while Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusinha gets 20 times more according to figures obtained by the media.

It is said that Gunawardena had got into the bad books of a prominent official of the SLC after he dropped a player from the team on poor form during the concluded Super Provincial Tournament.

The player was from the Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) where this official holds a top position and was selected for the Western Province team that came under Gunawardena’s coaching.
The Sri Lanka A team is scheduled to tour India for a series of matches starting on May 20 with Samaraweera as the coach.

(Excerpts from Sunday Observer)