Brokering peace between India and Australia may look like a mission impossible but in Ranjan Madugalle, cricket has its own Tom Cruise who is capable of ending the deadlock, claimed a major local paper here.
"Ranjan Madugalle is international cricket's Tom Cruise, the man chosen to accomplish those missions that look impossible", says an article in the widely read 'Sunday Island'.
"You can be assured that he'll do all that's possible to get the series (between Australia and India) going without any incidents," it said.
The paper is referring to the cult movie series 'Mission Impossible' which has Cruise playing a secret service agent Ethan Hunt, who singlehandedly averts major international crisis.
According to the paper, what makes Madugalle such a pleasant mediator for all parties was his management skills. The daily also pointed out that since becoming the ICC Chief Referee in 2001, he has been the man chosen for all major ICC events.
"Now the call comes from Sydney, where he's asked to settle the impasse that threatens to rock world cricket with India complaining about poor umpiring and Australia's sportsmanship", the newspaper says.
It may be recalled that Madugalle's services were also requisitioned two years ago when umpire Darrel Hair stunned the cricket world by declaring the game's first ever forfeiture and with Pakistan lodging strong protests.
"He (Madugalle) was rushed to England to put things in order and he won the admiration of all parties concerned, although umpire Darrel Hair took ICC to courts later".
"When other cricketing nations have looked down upon Sri Lanka's cricket administrations over the years with suspicion, it's an honour indeed that a Sri Lankan himself happens to be the troubleshooter when world cricket is faced with major crises and how well has Madugalle handled all these tricky issues", the newspaper gushed.
While India have said they have problems with Mike Prater, a respected cricketer during his days, they have agreed for Madugalle's intervention, it added.