So, Sri Lankas’ got a brand new interim committee.
And before they could get even the bubble wrap off them and play with all their shiny new toys and engage in a bit of power abuse – the first wave of controversy has hit.
Apparently there is some law in Sri Lanka stating that anyone who is involved in gaming , gambling or horse racing cant be appointed as a member of a national association.
Which seems like one of those laws that make sense.
And we all know how evil book makers are.
So the story goes that the head of the new IC, the chairman, Somachandra De Silva, has managed a bookmaker and his family are apparently one of the leading bookmakers in the country.
You might remember De Silva from making his debut at 40, in SLs first test in 82.
Of course you cant blame De Silva for being appointed, but when you realise who appointed him it starts to make sense.
Gamini Lokuge- beloved sports minister and blundering fool of epic proportions.
Does this guy know anything? I mean fuck, if there is some dude out there who runs a business based on the outcome of games, cricket or otherwise, it would seem like the logical fucken thing to not appoint him in a position where he has any influence over the result.
I didn’t know that he had family connections as a bookmaker and I bet most people out there didn’t either. But aren’t ministers supposed to know stuff like this? Aren’t they supposed to have some screening/backgroud check done before people are appointed in to such influential positions?
How hard is to ask someone ‘Does this dude have a dodgy background and will it cause me any dramas if I appoint him.’
Even Ranil Abeynayake, who is also part of the IC, has landed his cool mustache in tricky waters. You might know him from his commentary stints, but he also has a sports column in an SL paper.
And according to the some other law, Ranil cant be appointed because he is a ‘professional reporter’.
The only thing ‘professional’ about Ranil is his cooler than school – Merv Huges mustache.
Honestly, that should be some kind of national treasure. I mean have a go at that.
Sorry, lost track there.
De Silva – Evil
Lokuge – Looks like the Gay Satan in SouthPark
Ranil’s (tache)- A thing of rare beauty.