ICC chairman and vice chairman to witness SL vs NZ, 2nd Test

Bipin Dani   

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar has accepted the SLC invitation and will arrive to watch the 2nd Test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand commencing at the P. Sara Oval on Thursday. 

ICC chairman with SL sports minister

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“Not only the chairman, but the ICC deputy chairman will also be in attendance”, the source in SLC told to this reporter.

In 2017, the ICC had appointed Imran Khawaja, a veteran administrator from Singapore, as its deputy chairman.

Khawaja, who is a senior lawyer, has been an invisible force at the ICC Board for several years and he was instrumental in convincing the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to take back his resignation.

Sri Lankan sports minister recently met the ICC chairman in Nagpur and following his visit, the SLC president Shami Silva had sent the invitations to the ICC officials to witness the Test match in Colombo.

Both may not be there for the entire duration of the Test.

SLC to advertise for coaching posts: Ex-batting coach interviewed by Indian cricket board

Sri Lanka Cricket (board) will advertise for the all coaching positions, it is learnt here.

The directives have come from the Hon. sports minister Harin Fernando, who on Tuesday wrote a letter to the SLC president (Shammi Silva) informing him to openly advertise for all coaching positions and evaluation process be followed prior to renewal.

“Kindly ensure that the above process is been followed at all time in order to maintain proper standards and guidelines”, the letter, a copy obtained by this reporter, says.

The above directives may not be applicable for the head coach position and the other coaching staff for the national team.

SL’s ex-batting coach interviewed by BCCI

And Jon Lewis, who was attached with the Sri Lankan team (batting coach) till the World Cup has already applied for the coaching role with the Indian team and he was even interviewed by the BCCI officials earlier this week.

“I could not get a visa in time and therefore could not appear in person but gave my presentation for about 20 minutes on video”, he confirmed over telephone from London.

Lewis has also applied to work with the Pakistan and Afghanistan teams.

SLC is yet to decide on Hathurusingha’s successor.

In the meantime, Chandika Hathrusingha has denied the team’s non-performance charges during his coaching tenure. Apparently, Hathurusingha has replied to the SLC charges through his lawyer and SLC will refer his letter to the legal team, it is also learnt here.

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