Barely a day before the commencement of the Test series between Sri Lanka and the visiting England team, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board Anti-Corruption chief Ayesh Weerakoddy has been shown door, it is reliably learnt here.
According to the sources in SLC, the termination letter, which has been signed by the HR (Human Resources) head has no mention of any reason for his removal.
Obviously, the instruction is likely to have been from the CEO (Ashely De Silva), who, along with the sports minister appointee Competent Authority (CA) (Kamal Pathamasiri) and Sumathi Dharmawardena are overseas (cricket-related work).
There seems to be some “confusion” in issuing this termination letter to Ayesh Weerakoddy. “The sports minister has agreed to meet Weerakoddy on Thursday or Friday, by the time when the CEO and the two officials return to Sri Lanka and will do needful to revoke the termination letter, if it has been erroneously issued”, the source in Colombo, said exclusively.
“Weerakoddy’s contract with the SLC runs till October 2020 and was even offered a 3-month salary for early termination of the contract, but he has refused to accept the salary”, the source further added.
“He may seek legal opinion, if he is reinstated because no reason for his termination has been shown in the letter. His meeting with the sports minister will decide his future”, the source added.
In fact, Weerekoddy was to be the chairman of the SLC’s proposed Anti-Corruption committee, to be appointed at the request of the ICC.
Interestingly, no replacement for Weerakoddy has been named and the Galle Test witnessed only ICC’s Peter O’Shea. Australia’s John Rhodes discharged duty for the Limited Over matches.