UNP WC wants Thilanga removed from SLC | Daily News

UNP WC wants Thilanga removed from SLC

The UNP Working Committee (WC) which met last morning had asked that Sri Lanka Cricket Board Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala be removed and replaced with a more suitable candidate.

Sources within the Working Committee, said UNP MP and Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake had explained that with the match fixing scandal, it was not appropriate to have a Chairman with alleged connections to betting and other scandals.

The names of former cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and other such cricketers have been proposed as a better alternative to Sumathipala.

A recent investigative piece on match fixing in Sri Lanka resulted in many officials and cricketers being accused of match fixing in Sri Lanka.

The Working Committee which met at 9.00 am had also discussed the second phase of party reforms, reforms within the United National Front, the issue of kerosene prices for fishermen and preparations for the Provincial Council elections. With regards to the party reforms, the process which had begun with the appointment of new office bearers, now focused on the second phase, according to sources, of taking the party machinery to the village.

The ‘Sirikotha Gamata’ (Sirikotha to the Village) programme, the upgrading of Sirikotha and the assigning of new tasks to party organisers, union leaders, MPs and others and a propaganda programme for the party were discussed at the meeting.

The propaganda programme is to be formulated by the UNP Parliamentary group.

Making the party relevant at the grassroots and having the UNP’s achievements in government known have been the main demands from party supporters after the results of the last Local Government election.

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