Jul 04, 2017

National cricketers in Austin Management’s bag! Featured

The top administration of Sri Lanka Cricket has been asked by their juniors to inquire into the national team’s defeats in matches that could have been won.

When contacted, a top SLC official told us on condition of anonymity that some officials were suspecting about the loss of certain games.

Their suspicions have been made the more plausible due to 10 national cricketers, including captain Anjelo Mathews, having a single manager, according to reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror.

It is Austin Management, located at 30/84, Perera Gardens, Pelawatte, Battaramulla, which had previously been accused by the media of involvement in player allowances.

This is owned by Charlie Austin, who came to Sri Lanka as a technical officer, but since has married a local woman and settled down here.

In the beginning, Charlie had stayed at the home of an umpire who is no more, functioned as a journalist for espncricinfo.com website and got friendly with the national cricketers, and then became their manager.

The players managed by him also include Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Asela Gunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga.

Each player has to pay Austin Management a certain percentage from his annual contract payment.

Influence on player selections

Critics say its having been the manager for most senior players is having an influence on player selections, with 70 per cent of the team members being managed by Charlie of late.

Former skippers Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara were also managed by this company.

Akila Dhananjaya too, is managed by it, but now he has given the name of one Amila Kalugalege as his manager.

However, SLC sources say the real manager is Austin Management, and it has resorted to manipulative tactics due to already having 10 players in its bag.

Former captain Tilakaratne Dilshan too, made a revelation about Charlie, without directly mentioning his name, during a television programme.

Dilshan said that after he personally negotiated an Indian Premier League player contract, a certain manager had sent him a letter demanding a 10 per cent commission.

He said he replied to him that it was a contract he had secured on his own.

Cricketer-turned-politician Arjuna Ranatunga too, has commented about this racketeer, but he or his brother Nishantha Ranatunga, a former top cricket administration figure, could not control Charlie.

Mathew’s relative

Meanwhile, Asanka Wijewardena, manager for Dhanushka Gunatilake, Kusal Mendis and Jeffrey Vandersay, is said to be assisted in the task by a relative of captain Mathews.

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