9th January 2022
Kindly publish the following clarification issued pertaining to a news item published on today’s edition of ‘Daily News’ newspaper under the heading of “Born Again Group’ behind the sacking of Charith,’ and also on the ‘Dinamina’ newspaper under the heading of ‘බෝන් අර්ගෙන්’ පිල්ලිය චරිත්වත් පන්නයි.’
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that Mr. Charith Senanayake was never appointed to function as the manager of the Sri Lanka “A” Team during the upcoming England Lions Tour of Sri Lanka, nor is he working at Sri Lanka Cricket as an appointed manager of the “A” Team on a permanent scale.
Sri Lanka Cricket has also not communicated with him about such an appointment, either in writing or verbally.
Sri Lanka Cricket has only appointed a team manager for the National Men’s Team on a permanent basis, while for the rest of the teams such as “A,” “U19,” and “Development Squads,” the team managers are appointed on a tour-by-tour basis by the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket under the nomination of the SLC’s operational management.
In the same procedure, it was not Senanayake who was appointed to the position of “A” Team Manager of the upcoming “England Lions Tour of Sri Lanka,” but Mr. Vinothan John.
Mr. Vinothan John’s appointment as the “Team Manager” of the Sri Lanka “A” team to play against the visiting England Lions team was made by the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket on December 20, 2022.
Hence, we request that the respective newspapers publish this clarification in order to correct the misleading news items published by the said newspapers and written by two senior journalists, which are false and fabricated and have not followed the accepted journalistic norms of verifying the facts from all parties concerned before publishing.
It is disheartening to see such “articles” that harm the reputation of Sri Lanka Cricket being carried out by newspapers, which are published by a highly recognized national organization such as the ANCL.
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Media Contact: Prasanna Rodrigo, Media Manager, Sri Lanka Cricket, TP+ 94 77 3540102 – Email: [email protected]