In the aftermath of an embarrassing defeat of Kusal Mendis led Sri Lanka against India at Iconic Wankhede Stadium yesterday, things have dramatically intensified in the Island, as both Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe have reached to President Ranil Wickramasinghe to Intervene in their long standing tussle.
The SLC has requested the intervention of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, stating that its day-to-day operations are being affected due to the “deliberate harassment from the sports ministry.”
In a letter addressed to the President, the SLC highlighted the Sports Ministry’s interference in several recent tournaments.
The hosting of the ICC World Cup – Under 19, Lanka T10 Super League, Ex-Co members’ representation, rejection of Japanese opportunities, and participation in the Men’s ICC Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka Tour of New Zealand, Asia Cup Championship 2022 are among the tournaments highlighted by the SLC.
Sri Lanka’s cricket administration has requested a meeting with President Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the following issues.
Responding to the SLC’s letter, Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has also written to the President, refuting all allegations levelled by the SLC against the Sports Ministry.
In his letter, Sports Minister Ranasinghe pointed out that the conduct of Sri Lanka Cricket has been deplorable in light of the grave allegations and corruption charges that are levelled at them.
The matter has been brought to the attention of the President due to society-wide pressure seeking the resignation of the board officials for their misconduct and shameful acts, he said.
The Minister has also stated that SLC has repeatedly written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) of political interference to prevent any action against them.