Apsari Tillakaratne, the high profile coordinator of Sri Lanka Women’s team and wife of former test player Hashan Tillakaratne, has been put in isolation by Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) after her contract was expired on June 7, Cricket Age reliably learns.
“The SLC has not decided yet on renewing her contract, as we have finalized to restructure women’s cricket. That’s why, currently she has been put in isolation” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
However, more than SLC proposed restructure plans of women’s cricket, it is the unprofessional work style of Apsari, that has irked SLC administration.
“Yes, it is also true. The majority of women’s Team management have expressed their dissatisfaction with Apsari’s contribution. That’s also One of the reason, that SLC is reluctant to extend her contract” the official added further.
It is noteworthy that last year, Apsari had invented so called outstation big matches drama, so she could claim travel, stay allowances and make her political campaign on SLC money.
Few months ago, though, then Competent Authority of SLC Kamal Padmasiri rated big matches initiatives just a waste of money with no return, so he had stopped it.
In last two years, ever since she took over as coordinator, Sri Lanka Women’s team has become one of the weakest team in world Cricket. Even though, she has been visiting Sri Lanka since last two years, she couldn’t find a single player for the national team! All she got from her outstation trips were hundreds of photographs, mileage, branding and publicity.
The observers of Sri Lanka Cricket believes that her nationwide trips had nothing to do with Cricket. Instead, all these showoff were for her political aspirations.
“She has political ambitions and she wants to contest the next election from Pohottuwa, from former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party” the SLC official added further.