SLC’s Audit saga: parliament debate on draft report?

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The date for the public examination of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) top brass has been locked! On August 24th, the much talked about audit report on SLC’s spendings during T20 World Cup in Australia last year will be tabled in Parliament for the debate.

However, there are some serious questions need to be answered by the Sports Ministry!

First and foremost, why this hurry of having the debate on just a draft? Why Ministry is not ready to wait until the final audit report? And, is it fair to debate at Parliament, country’s biggest platform, without the final outcome?

Following media trials and public outrage, SLC chief Shammi Silva said – my administration is ready to resign, if the allegations can be proved. So, wasn’t it appropriate for Sports Ministry to table final audit report in Parliament, leaving no room for questioning the motive?

But, the hurriedly attempt to fix a debate seems illogical.

Another serious question is: who leaked the audit report draft in public domain? As Sports Ministry was the highest authority, it naturally comes under the radar. The draft was that much confidential, that even some top cabinet ministers tried, but couldn’t get it, as it was only under Sports Ministry Secretary possession. Then, suddenly how it became a public domain?

It’s not a secret that Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has marketed himself as a messiah of revolution! That’s fine. But it must not be forgeted that in his quest to achieve his goal as Sports Minister, Rugby and Football have already been banned in Sri Lanka by the respective global bodies! And for Cricket, Island’s most cherished game, the situation remains equally bleak!

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