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Sri Lanka Cricket Election to be held virtually

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The much awaited Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) election for choosing office bearers to run the game in the Island is likely to be held on a virtual platform because of the coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Age reliably learns.

Sri Lanka on Wednesday intensified travel restrictions across the country, restricting movement of traffic at night to combat the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 800 lives in the island nation. Sri Lanka is battling the third wave of the pandemic. The country reported 149 COVID deaths over the last 10 days. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus data, Sri Lanka has so far reported 1,31,098 COVID-19 cases and 850 deaths.

“Due to the Inter-Provincial travel restriction, more than 90% stakeholders have given their consent to held a virtual election in this difficult time. Accordingly, the Sports Ministry has already decided to hold the cricket elections through zoom.” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.

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.

This year, 142 votes cast by regional associations and clubs (comprising four provincial associations, six other cricket associations such as the Defense Services Sports Board and the Sri Lanka University Sports Association, 22 district associations, 28 controlling clubs and 22 affiliated clubs) will decide the office bearers for Sri Lanka Cricket.

Due to the surge in Covid cases, along with SLC, it’s high performance centre in Khetterama and all cricket clubs are also shut down.

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