Former Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva sues Nishantha Ranatunga for Rs 1 bn

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Shammi Silva has sent a Letter of Demand (LOD) to former board secretary and Colombo Colts Cricket president Nishantha Ranatunga and club general secretary brigadier Shiran Abeysekera demanding Rs. 1 billion, Cricket Age exclusively learns. This is over an alleged defamatory letter sent by Nishantha to the cricket board last week.

The LOD has been sent through the Attorney-at law MJS Fonseka on May 10 (Yesterday). The letter stated that the legal action would be taken against Nishantha and Shiran Abeysekera if they fails to pay the sum of Rs. 1 Billion as compensation within 14 days.

Cricket Age understand that in the letter, which was sent to SLC management committee on May 5, Colts hierarchy requested cricket board to conduct an inquiry with regard to the alleged embezzlement, abuse, misuse and misappropriation of the board funds, assets and resources during the tenure of Shammi Silva led Executive Committee.

“I have been instructed by my client to state that as a result of the said defamatory statement made by you, my client has suffered grave harm, injury and damage to his good name, reputation and credibility” the letter reads.

Both Shammi and Nishantha will be competing each other in May 20 cricket board election.

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