|Michael De Zoysa New Sri Lanka team manager|
Charith Senanayake sacked
Michael de Zoysa has appointed as the new manager of the national cricket team,Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced.
Michael De Zoysa replaces Charith Senanayake who had held the position for over a year. A senior official of the SLC who did not wish to be named said that De Zoysa would take charge of the team from this month’s home series against Bangladesh.
A tea industry executive, De Zoysa is more known for his administrative roles and as a radio and TV commentator.
Charith Senanayake, a former Test opening batsman had run into problems with the SLC hierarchy.
His fate was sealed once former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene in a press release stated that Senanayake has lost confidence of the team.
Jayawardene was particularly angry as a letter written by him to the SLC regarding the payment of guarantee money to the players was leaked to the media by the manager.
Since Sri Lanka lost the recent Test series 0-3 to Australia, a number of changes have been affected including the appointment of the former great Sanath Jayasuriya as the chief selector.
Michael De Zoysa
In his 45 year career in tea he was Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association for 15 Years between 1983 and 2000. A member of the Tea Council, Sri Lanka Tea Board and also the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Mr. de Zoysa has Chaired many previous Colombo Tea Traders’ Tea Conventions including the last one held in 2007