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SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala unhappy with Sri Lanka government handing body over to Competent Authority

  • PTI
  • June 1st, 2018
  • 16:44:41 IST

Colombo: The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala is unhappy that the government has decided to hand over the cricket board's administration in hands of Competent Authority (CA).

"I am saddened by the action of an individual, which has led to cricket being run by the government like nowhere else in the world," Sumathipala said after his term ended on Thursday without an election to appoint office bearers.

Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha appointed Kamal Padmasiri, a state bureaucrat, as the CA claimed the minister was powerless to extend the term of the Sumathipala administration or appoint an interim committee to run cricket.

File image of Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala. AFP

File image of Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala. AFP

The SLC election scheduled on Thursday was stayed by the Court of Appeal following an intervention by Sumathipala's challenger to presidency Nishantha Ranatunga.

The court issued a stay order until 14 June. Mustapha said the election would be held before 31 July.

Ranatunga alleged that Sumathipala is "ineligible to head the SLC given his connection with bookies and media houses".

"I have been cleared of all these accusations, of my links to bookies and newspapers, yet they continue mud-slinging," Sumathipala lamented.

Sumathipala said the appointment of a CA would mean that SLC would not be able to meet the 30 June deadline to submit audited accounts to the ICC. The audited accounts are mandatory for the SLC to receive the ICC funds, he said.

Updated Date: June 01, 2018 16:44:41 IST

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