Sri Lanka won’t bow down to ICC pressure, says Minister
Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that Sri Lanka would
not bow down to ICC pressure but will hold Cricket Board elections early
next year in order to reinstate democracy at Sri Lanka Cricket.
The Minister made these comments during a press briefing held to
introduce the newly appointed Interim Committee members of the SLC at
the Sports Ministry Auditorium in Reid Avenue yesterday.
The new Interim Committee will comprise former SLC Chairman Upali
Dharmadasa (Chairman), Prakash Schaffter (Secretary), Nimal Perera
(Treasurer) and former Sri Lanka opening batsman Sidath Wettimuny
Minister Aluthgamage revealed that under the direction of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa fresh elections of the SLC will be held in January
2012 for an appointment of an executive committee.
Earlier the ICC decided to ban countries from making political
appointments to national boards as they vowed to free the sport from
undue influence and outright government interferences.
However Minister Aluthgamage said that they could hold the SLC
elections even immediately but decided to appoint another Interim
Committee for a period of six months in an attempt to set a perfect
environment for the new officials.
The Minister believed that the new Interim Committee with their
experience and knowledge will set the pace and iron out all major crisis
both past and present for the betterment of the game.
He had already instructed the new Interim Committee to concentrate on
few important things during this period and on top of the order is
discipline and followed by a good relationship between the players and