The much awaited Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) election for choosing office bearers to run the game in the Island will be taking place on May 20, while the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will held on a later date, Cricket Age exclusively learns.
Last month, as Shammi Silva’s committee term was over, Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa had appointed a five member Cricket Management Committee until the elections of Sri Lanka Cricket is held. Professor Arjuna de Silva was appointed as the head of the committee.
Cricket Age understands that the agenda of the 20th May election is to choose 7 office bearers. Other Committees like tournament committee, umpires committee, tour organizing committee members and its chairman will be elected at the AGM. As per the Sports Law of the country and SLC constitution, once the secretary is in place, he will call the AGM.
“As there is no elected body at Maitland Place, the AGM can’t be held. In 2019 also, it was same when Mr. Shammi Silva led administration was elected on 21st February. Later, board AGM took place on May 20” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
The election circular has already been sent to stakeholders, while the board is likely to receive 2020-21 approved accounts from the Sports Ministry by Monday.
“We were supposed to get it this week itself. However, due to the worsening Covid crisis in the country, the Sports Ministry has been shut down. We are hopeful to get it by Monday” the top SLC official added.
On May 20, Shammi Silva camp is expected to win the election with thumping majority, as more than 95% stakeholders have shown trust in his management skills. Even though Shammi’s previous term was marred by Covid crisis, he surprisingly emerged as a winner, looking after stakeholders, players, board employees, umpires, referees well being with sensitive approach during the difficult period, while also maintaining the financial stability of the board.