ICC clarify regarding Labrooy’s dual role

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday clarified its position regarding national selection committee Chairman Graeme Labrooy and his dual role as a selector and international match referee.   

The issue had garnered some renewed media attention, in the wake of Sri Lanka’s early exit from the Asia Cup, and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had sought a clarification from the ICC regarding the issue.   

In response, the ICC’s Senior Manager of Umpires and Referees Adrian Griffith said that it was satisfied with the current situation regarding Labrooy, since his dual roles did not create a conflict of interest, in their eyes.   

“When the position of Chairman of Selectors was offered to Graeme, he immediately consulted us and we saw no conflict of interest with him holding a position with SLC, such as this, and being a referee,” a statement released by SLC yesterday read.   

“Our only concern, surrounded ensuring he would not be officiating any games or events, where he was involved in selecting the team.”   

“As such, we did not appoint him to the U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. He continues to be eligible however, to officiate in women’s cricket, as he is not involved in the selection process of the Women’s Team,” it went on to read.   

Labrooy himself gave a similar answer – that he was not officiating games directly related to his work as a selector -- when the media questioned him, also adding, “The ICC has no problem with it, SLC has no problem with it and I see no reason why the media should have a problem with it”.   

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  • Sanga Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:48 AM

    The concern here is not if the ICC has an issue with the appointment! Rather, the questionable ability of him to carry out his duties as the National Selector at fullest potential while staying away for months referring matches???!!!!

    Dan Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:35 AM

    Our one and only concern is his inability to select a proper, stable team and keep changing not only players but Captains too like underwear..he could be a better Match Referee than the Chairman of Selectors..

    ghostlanka Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:55 AM

    So SLC OR SL Sports Media is trying to blame ICC for conflict of interest for not releasing him from ICC contract of employment rather than SLC and SL Sports Media blaming for itself. How come it is not a conflict of interest question for SLC to employ an ICC employee???

    Clara Thattil Wednesday, 10 October 2018 06:51 AM

    Yes, it's tough to do 2 jobs efficiently. At some point there will be conflict. So Labrooy has to take the decision. Also after the disastrous state of our cricket he should resign.

    ET Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:34 AM

    This man is not the chairman of selectors. Hathurusinghe is.


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