Sri Lanka news July 24, 2011

Sri Lanka Cricket to cut down staff


In an effort to cut costs, Sri Lanka Cricket's new interim committee, headed by Upali Dharmadasa, has decided to cut down on the staff at SLC headquarters in Colombo. The board has been in a financial crisis since the 2011 World Cup, for which they built two new stadiums, at Hambantota and Pallekele. When the new committee was appointed on July 1, the main task Sri Lanka's sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage set for them was to keep an eye on the board's finances.

"Presently we intend to cut the staff at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters from 82 to 50," Dharmadasa said. "Our target is to eventually minimise it to 30 employees, which will still be more than enough to run cricket.

"I don't want to touch the rest of the staff employed in various parts of the country because there is an Australia tour coming up next month and an inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament currently on. We don't want to upset the mechanism at present but I will personally visit the various international venues during the Australia tour and see for myself whether the staff that has been recruited at these venues is in excess and needs to be curtailed.

"We need a minimum of only ten persons at SLC headquarters to run the Australia tour if we leave the organisation of the matches outside Colombo to the respective associations of each venue - Pallekele, Hambantota and Galle. The associations attached to SLC have already indicated to me that they are willing to do it on a voluntary basis."

The interim committee will also re-evaluate the benefits given to employees, and Dharmadasa pointed out the excess expenditure on board officials' hotel rooms during the World Cup.

"During the World Cup, officials of Sri Lanka Cricket used single rooms at costly hotels leading to unwanted wastage. For the Australia tour we have been reasonable with our hotel bookings and officials will share rooms instead. We want to create a platform that can be used as a guideline next year when Sri Lanka hosts the ICC World Twenty20 tournament."

There will also be a reduction on other overheads, including office equipment like colour printers. The World Cup had left Sri Lanka Cricket in debt to the tune of $23 million thanks to cost overruns and heavy expenses incurred in building the stadiums, and the board had to ask for a grant from the Sri Lanka government. Consequently, they slashed their budget for the series against Australia, which includes three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals.

"From the original budget of 371 million Sri Lankan rupees we brought it first down to 276 million rupees and then cut it down further to 239 million rupees," Dharmadasa said. He expected a profit of 343 million Sri Lankan rupees from the Australia tour by way of television rights, ticket sales, corporate boxes etc.

Dharmadasa said he and Prakash Shaffter, the secretary of the interim committee, would handle the administration side of SLC while Nimal Perera would handle finance and Sidath Wettimuny, the former Sri Lanka batsman, would take charge of the cricket.

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  • Sakthi on July 27, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    @ Kugan Kn : India has 28 International cricket grounds. Also 95+ First class cricket grounds. Against Srilanka having only 11 International cricket grounds. Keep your stat wring before commenting.

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    well at least new people knows what to be done & the plan for tour. how will this exists?

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    sad our board is going bankrupt. we didnt need those 3 new worldcup stadiums. india with 1 billion plus population has less international stadium than us. y do we need so many stadiums?

  • Hashan on July 26, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    I think this is a good action.Cut all the unnecessary staff and costs.But please get a good head coach without considering the cost.It will be good if we can appoint a good fast bowling coach.Even a foreigner is ok.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Well done! I only hope the political appointees on the Board won't run to their patrons and keep their jobs. That would be unforgivable!

  • Srinath on July 26, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Mr Dharmadasa and Mr Shaffter has vast experience in administration and I'm sure he could do a better job than the previous team. It's never too late and hope this team will given free hand to get SLC back on track. Aravinda should be a part of this team. Let's forget the past, focus on future and Sri Lanka the no 1 in all formats.

  • chandana on July 26, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    In Sri Lanka we dont have hire & fire policies of the west so wonder how the staff cut will take place. Secondly as someone pointed out the majority came with political patronage so again it is likely that the interim committee may either have to stop at a certain point or be sacked themselves before the powers that be are removed. One this to be said; people like Upali, Prakash and Sidath are genuine guys who mean well for the game. Just look at Bloomfield and Tamil Union where the former 2 run roost. Only Mathi from colts is missing to make it a real cricket lovers committee:) Get rid of thee selectors and bring back Ari and his team. Now that Sanath is gone for good it is not a problem right? Or are there many more like Kandambi to be given cursery titles for the sake of cricket history / record purposes? Give VAssy a farewell game during the ODI series. As the best ever pacie produced by Sri Lanka and one of the giants in Asia he deserves a grand send off.

  • Denham on July 26, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    What about the goons who put SLC to this situation? Are they going Scot free? Many an administration has rubbed eloquence about restructuring and so on but they were limited to mere words and look where SLC is now? At least, Mr. Dharmadasa, the person who he is, will put the right people in the right place and get this SLC on the right track and I hope no darn political interference takes place in his endeavour. To be honest, we did not need new stadiums to host the CWC 2011. We had enough grounds. It would have needed a small face lift and wallah. But people concerned thought otherwise. Fingers crossed, let's wait and see like we are used to do (wait and see).

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Finally Somebody is doing somthing with some sense keep our fingers crossed and see what would happen

  • Thiwanka on July 25, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    I Must say this is a right move by SLC ! But they shud make sure that they are going to remove highly paid unwanted executives rather than removing innocent ordinary staff. cos numbers won't change da result that we expect from this process if we fail to cut da cost that we looking for. that s important part. other thing is everyone knows highly paid workers are normally coming from political power . Good Luck :)

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