In one of the most important development just two weeks prior to high profile Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) election, the appeal committee has rejected Mohan De Silva and Ravin Wickramaratne’s nominations for the presidential and vice president posts respectively, Cricket Age reliably learns.
Mohan De Silva, a stalwart of Sri Lanka cricket, who has served SLC as President and vice president in past, had submitted his nomination for the President Post. Ravin had served as assistant secretary in previous tenure.
According to sources, the appeal committee’s decision is based on the 2005 dissolution of then SLC administration Involving Mohan De Silva. As per the SLC constitution, Country’s Sports Law and regulations, no person from a dissolving administration, can contest for the board election.
On February 6, the Chairman of the Appeal Advisory Committee Nimal Dissanayake (former Supreme Court judge), Devika Tennakon (former Superior Court of Appeal Judge) and the former Additional Director General of Customs Dharmasena Kahadawa handed over their report to Sports Minister Harin Fernando.
However, a day later, on Thursday, Mohan De Silva and his colleagues refused to accept the appeal committee’s decision and submitted fresh documents for consideration.
After, appeal committee came up with the same decision again on Thursday, Sports Ministry referred the decision to AG’s department for the directive.
With Mohan De Silva’s departure, now Thilanga Sumathipala camp hopes are lies on notorious Shammi Silva, who is also contesting for the presidential post. However, unlike Mohan De Silva, Shammi Silva is a controversial and unpopular administrator and even within Sumathipala side, majority of people’s dislikes him.
The much awaited SLC election are scheduled for February 21.