Dysfunction Junction: The Sri Lankan Edition
by Devanshu Mehta
These days, it’s hard to figure out which cricket establishment is the most dysfunctional.
Behind door #1, we have Pakistan, stuck in a perpetual retire-ban-fix-rinse-repeat cycle. Behind door #2, we have West Indies, who keep their best batsman out of the team out of pure spite. Behind a newly emerging door #3, we have Cricket Australia, who were taken by surprise when a feisty Simon Katich pulled an Afridi by taking them on publicly.
But today, I want to talk about door #4: Sri Lanka. Let me connect the dots in this strange political brew.
- Hashan Tilakaratne has accused Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva of match-fixing.
- Sanath Jayasuriya has been recalled to the ODI squad at the age of 41.9, only to announce that he will retire after the first game.
- Upul Tharanga has been kept out of the team, after testing positive for banned substances.
- Arjuna Ranatunga claims that the doctor who prescribed the banned substance to Tharanga is also the Sri Lankan president’s personal physician, Eliyantha White.
- Eliyantha White’s medical credentials are “not known“.
- Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, belongs to the United People’s Freedom Alliance.
- Sanath Jayasuriya is a Member of Parliament from the same party.
- Arjuna Ranatunga is a Member of Parliament from Democratic National Alliance.
- Hashan Tilakaratne is a Member of Parliament from United National Party.
- All three of them are in separate parliamentary alliances, as far as I can tell.