Former Sri Lankan great Aravinda de Silva has resigned from the post of chairman of the national board’s cricket committee citing personal reasons after serving one year at the top. The span was a turbulent one due to various issues surrounding Srilankan cricket. The resignation will come into effect from 30th June. Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala stated that Aravinda de Silva has every right to step down from the post in order to give priority to his personal issues. He also further Aravinda invaluable playing experience will be utilized as board will engage with him time to time on many facets of the game in the country.
The legendary batsman was the mainstay in Sri Lanka batting in Cricket World Cup 1996 held in subcontinent that saw the side lift the global trophy for the first time in their history. He also was successful in formulating better coaching programmes for Sri Lankan cricket with an view to attract more local people into the game.
De Silva played for Sri Lanka for almost 19 years from making his debut in 1984 to calling time on his career in 2003. He represented Islanders in 93 Test matches and 308 ODIs. He scored over 6,000 runs with an average of 42.97. He amassed over 9,000 runs in limited overs with a special ton in the finals of Cricket World Cup 1996 at Lahore against Australia.