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Friday, May 2, 2008

Ranatunga sacks SLC Media Manager

Colombo, May 1 (PTI) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has sacked its media manager Samantha Algama after an interim committee meeting here.

"I have been sacked by Arjuna Ranatunga for being friendly and too good to the media. I have worked with dedication for three years as the honourable Media manager and spokesman," a fuming Algama told PTI after being removed from his job.

He was informed of the decision by a senior official of the SLC last night.

"I have been rated as one of the longest serving media managers in the cricketing world was doing a honorary job from 2005 without taking any salary from the SLC", Algama said.

Justifying the Algama's removal, SLC chief Arjuna Ranatunga said, "It was a decision of the interim committee. I will issue a press statement soon." The former Sri Lankan Cricket captain was appointed interim committee chairman of the SLC in January by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In his interaction with PTI earlier, Ranatunga had said he wanted to tap new cricketing talent and would be traveling to the hinterland of the country for the purpose.

He has already roped in cricket great Arvind de silva for training the junior cricketers.

Ranatunga, who had captained Sri Lanka in 38 Tests between 1988 and 1999, and played 269 one-day internationals, is currently a Member of Parliament representing the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UFPA) as the Colombo district member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

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