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COPE orders SLC to temporarily suspend ‘Cricket Aid operations

The Committee of Public Enterprises (COPE) yesterday (03) ordered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to temporarily suspend operations of its subsidiary ‘Cricket Aid,’ until the Auditor General conducts a special audit into all the accounts of ‘Cricket Aid’ since registration.

Cricket Aid has been registered in 2016 to collect funds to eradicate Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) pandemic in 2016.

This decision was taken after Sri Lanka Cricket officials failed to provide satisfactory answers to questions raised by the COPE regarding annual accounts and operations of ‘Cricket Aid.’

It was revealed yesterday that top level SLC officials do not have a sufficient understanding of the operations of the Cricket Aid subsidiary. SLC officials came under fire frequently from the COPE members for their lack of preparations and making them confused by not giving specified and direct answers.

COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti queried whether the SLC amended the Company Constitution of ‘Cricket Aid’ according to the instructions given by the COPE in 2016.

“Cricket Aid had been registered under the Company Act in 2016 as a Guarantee Ltd. Some of LC Director Board members had registered their names and private address as lifetime members of the Cricket Aid Director Board. Since the SLC had no power to do that the COPE instructed to amend the Company Constitution so there would not be any life time members. Also we instructed to add provisions to the Company Constitution to enable the Auditor General to conduct audits on ‘Cricket Aid.’ Have you done these Amendments?” he questioned.

The officials said that they acted as per instructions of the COPE. They also presented a copy of the amended Company Constitution to the committee.

However, the Auditor General who was present at the meeting, pointed out that there were no provisions in the amended Company Constitution to give power to him to carry out audits into ‘Cricket Aid.’ It was revealed that only the provisions regarding life time members had been removed from the Company Constitution. The SLC officials failed to give a logical answer as to why they failed to add provisions in the Company Constitution to enable the Auditor General to carry out audits.

According to the Company Constitution, the Treasurer of the SLC should act as the Treasurer of ‘Cricket Aid.” However, the SLC Treasurer was not aware of that until COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti read out the Company Constitution provision to them.

The SLC officials did not have a proper idea about income and expenditure of Cricket Aid and were ordered to provide a comprehensive report on income and expenditure since 2016 to the COPE as soon as possible.

Considering these observations, the COPE decided to order the SLC to suspend operations of ‘Cricket Aid’ temporarily until the Auditor General conduct a special audit into it.

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