it Waugh or Whatmore?
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Despite a legal snag looming over the governance
of Sri Lanka Cricket, the Sports Minister appointed Interim Committee
which has got down to business is set to appoint a new coach in
one of their first official moves very shortly.
Lanka's current coach John Dyson's contract with Sri Lanka Cricket
expired last month. However Dyson was given the green light to tour
with the team to New Zealand for the two tests, which were postponed
from last December to April this year after the tsunami hit the
island to cut short the tour.
to The Sunday Times Interim Committee Secretary, Tryphon Mirando
confirmed that a new coach would be appointed shortly." As
Dyson's contract has expired, we need to appoint a coach. This is
one of our top priorities. We will be speaking to Dyson and a few
others before making a final decision".
Sri Lanka Cricket team arrived yesterday minus coach Dyson who has
gone back to Australia. It is very unlikely that Dyson will be retained
as The Sunday Times learns that the former Australian opening batsman
who was believed to have been paid a tidy sum has upped his stakes
one Australian has been ruled out The Sunday Times learns from reliable
sources that two other Australians have emerged as possible contenders
for the job. Sri Lanka's World Cup winning coach Dave Whatmore is
one while former Australian Skipper Steve Waugh is another. Whatmore
has already completed two successful stints with Sri Lanka and was
also reported to have shown interest in coaching India who are also
looking out for a replacement for John Wright following the current
India-Pakistan series. The Lankan born Australian's last appointment
was in 1999 when once again an Interim Committee was appointed to
govern Sri Lanka Cricket.
from appointing a new coach the Interim Committee will also have
to finalise player contracts and a team sponsor shortly. Although
Players contracts with Sri Lanka Cricket expired in February, fresh
contracts were not signed, much to the disappointment of the players.
However Secretary of the IC Mirando said, "We will be speaking
to the players individually and finalising their contracts soon".
IC Secretary also confirmed that the Manager of the Sri Lanka Cricket
team Brendon Kuruppu had sought official permission from the IC
to release Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda, Vaas and Upul Chandana to
represent the English Counties. The IC granted permission for the
three cricketers who will now leave the island tomorrow for a brief
stint with the English counties.
the legal crisis pertaining to Sri Lanka's cricket is set to continue
after the Court of Appeal on Monday restraining sports minister
Jeewan Kumaratunga, from dissolving or cancelling Sri Lanka Cricket's
registration without a hearing until the completion of the case.
However the suspension of SLC and the appointment of the IC which
were gazetted on March 24 stands.
complicated legal fight started on March 30 when Thilanga Sumathipala's
executive committee, elected on March 27, filed a lawsuit to quash
the sports minister's order to suspend the board on the grounds
of financial mismanagement. Sumathipala also sealed off the board
headquarters, sending home all the employees on paid leave, and
extended the new year holidays until April 19 which eventually crippled
the work of the six-man interim committee.