Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2018

CCC says unfair play by SLC

In a letter dated 29 November to the Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha, the Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) has lodged a complaint stating: “Resting National cricketers from participating in the ongoing Premier League Tournament is very unfair by the governing body, Sri Lanka Cricket.”

This year’s Premier League captain Kusal Mendis and all-rounder Malinda Pushpakumara, two of their key players, were asked to be rested by Sri Lanka Cricket at the eleventh hour. Their argument is that when an important tour of New Zealand is around the corner, why shouldn’t they allow these players to play and gear themselves up for the forthcoming tour.

Also, if they are to be rested, all national players should follow the same criteria adopted, without picking and choosing the players selected for the squad. As per CCC officials, a few players like Danuska Gunathilake, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Dinesh Chandimal have represented their clubs in last week’s matches. They have also been selected for the New Zealand tour. Chandimal who was injury prone in the recently concluded England tour, played for his club NCC last week; Danuska Gunathilake played for SSC, while Sadeera Samarawickrama was involved with Colts CC.

“SLC asked us to play Pushpakumara from Saturday, which was the second day of the match. How can we play a player like this, which is a real joke,” said a senior official of CCC.

In this instance, how can the governing body adopt different standards for players on the same tier, which has caused immense damage to CCC. CCC has copied the letter to the Competent Authority, CEO, Cricket Committee Chairman, Selection Committee Chairman and High Performance Manager of Sri Lanka Cricket.