In Sri Lanka, Now Sports Minister Announces Squads!

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The political interference in Cricket is growing by each passing day in Sri Lanka! So much so that now Instead of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Country’s Sports Minister announces the squad, that too for the global tournaments!

Yesterday (August 19), Sri Lanka announced squad for the upcoming Asia Cup. However, Instead of SLC or It’s Selection Committee, Country’s Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe revealed the names of 20 players for the 6-nation tournament.

As if it was not enough, Ranasinghe mentioned in his tweet, that “On the recommendation of the Sports Council, I approved the team who is going to play for the Asia Cup”.

Now this is a joke. An absolute joke! In normal circumstances, Country’s cricket board or It’s selection committee announces the squad. In Sri Lanka itself, even during all powerful Rajapaksa’s regime and during months long political unrest in recent months, Sri Lanka Cricket remained unaffected and Independent!

Now, suddenly, it looks like Sports Minister and Sports Council have taken over as controlling authority of Sri Lanka Cricket!

If so, Sports Minister and Sports Council should dissolve SLC. If a Sports Minister, with the recommendation of the Sports Council, started announcing Squads, then there is no use of having a cricket board!

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