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Aravinda de Silva has stepped down from the position of the Chairman of the National Cricket Committee, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board announced in a press release. De Silva’s last day in the office will be on 30th June 2017.
De Silva, who headed the Cricket Committee of SLC for 13 months, revealed that the decision was influenced by personal commitments which would have interfered with his professional responsibilities.
Commenting on de Silva’s resignation, President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala was empathetic stating
“For someone like Aravinda Cricket is a full-time occupation. As an administrator of his calibre, he eats, drinks and sleeps cricket. It’s understandable that he needs to prioritise his personal commitments – he has supported the strategic vision of this administration and been vastly instrumental in many of the developments we have made”
“We intend to continue to engage Ari’s expertise in our key cricketing activities on a consultancy basis” he concluded.
The National Cricket Committee was formed in March 2016 with an objective of evaluating the existing structures in Sri Lanka Cricket. He is credited to have made plenty of technical recommendations to revamp the grass root level structure.
He is also widely respected among cricketers and often credited for the sudden emergence of young promising talents in the national team. Sri Lankan skipper also appreciated his guidance after the side’s historic whitewash over Australia last year.
The 51-year-old had also twice served as chief selector. His most recent stint was an interim role last year where he led the selection panel which picked the squad for the World T20 2016 which was held in India.
However, in recent times, a shift in power has been sensed and the influence of De Silva was on a decline. The waning clout, however, may not have played any role in his decision in any way.