SLC divided over sex scandal investigation

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) executive committee officials were pulling the national women’s cricket sex scandal in different directions yesterday following an initial fact-finding probe revealed on Thursday that there was enough evidence to suggest a full-scale investigation.

President Jayantha Dharmadasa had called for an independent investigation on the scandal.
“The President of SLC feels that a complete outsider who is not in any of the SLC Sub Committees should be carrying out this investigation” SLC Chief Executive Ashley de Silva wrote to the SLC executive committee yesterday.

De Silva had added that he and the three other members of a special committee: SLC Head of Cricket Operations Carlton Bernardus, SLR Human Resources Manager Lasitha Mendis and SLC Legal officer Savithri Fernando had all felt there was enough evidence to suggest a full-scale investigation, after the fact-finding probe they conducted.

“In the recent past there have been many articles in the media with regard to the Women’s Cricket. The following SLC officials along with the undersigned (The above committee) had discussions with the Members of the Women’s Selection Committee, Support Staff and 05 senior women players separately, and are of the opinion that an investigation should be carried out pertaining to this issue” de Silva informed SLC executive committee yesterday.

“As per the discussion I had with the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee – Mr. Palitha Kumarasinghe PC who suggested that an independent inquiry be carried out by a lady lawyer and recommended the name of Ms. Vindhya Weerasekera” de Silva had stated.

“Therefore, appreciate if the EXCO could approve the initial investigation to be carried out and also recommend a lady lawyer to carryout same” de Silva added.

However SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga did not endorse the idea and had suggested the matter be handed over to the SLC Legal Advisory Committee headed by Palitha Kumarasinghe PC. The other members of this advisory committee are Uditha Egalahewa, Vindhya Weerasekera and Dr. Asanga Gunawansa.

“As per our discussion in the morning I suggest you get the views and the direction of our Legal Advisory Committee and proceed as per the constitution guidelines and the Players/Officials contract guidelines” Ranatunga stated in his reply to de Silva.

By the time of going to press last night, Assistant Secretary Hirantha Perera had replied the mail endorsing Ranatunga’s position while exco member Priyantha Algama had supported Dharmadasa’s view calling for an independent panel for the investigation.

Earlier on Thursday, National men’s selection committee chairman Sanath Jayasuriya who was to be a member of the original panel appointed by SLC to carry out a fact-finding investigation told “Daily Mirror” said that he informed SLC that he wished to be no part of such probe as he felt any inquiry on the issue should only be carried out by a panel completely independent of SLC, considering the serious nature of the allegations that had been levelled by national players against officials.

The issue assumed scandalous proportions after a local news report claimed that national women’s cricket team management and national selectors sought sexual bribes from cricketers to pick them and then retain them in the national team.(Channaka De Silva)

 

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  • MA Saturday, 01 November 2014 04:40 PM

    Disgraceful, as this will be brushed under the carpet as usual, only a foreign independent investigator can reveal the truth - dont blush its already in the international media

    Nihal Gunatilake Saturday, 01 November 2014 04:57 PM

    Hi- Except for THE MEMBERS OF THE SLC almost majority of the cricket fraternity in Sri Lanka are well aware that there are few KUKULAS known to the whole island are in these places. Appoint a retired judge of the Supreme or High Court to inquire and punish the culprits. and sack them from SLC. bye - nihalg..

    Waco Saturday, 01 November 2014 06:11 PM

    If Nshantha can not understand the seriousness of this allegation, he should not be holding any positin in SLC .

    Nishantha Sandaruwan Sunday, 02 November 2014 10:49 AM

    Well we been waiting for so long time till this happen and hope this can be clear soon as the team needs to get ready for the WC not for a sex cup.... adding to this this team need some serous counseling too cos .................................. its need for them,...

    5555 Sunday, 02 November 2014 11:11 AM

    @MADisgraceful for what?..this is a buddhist country so you must expect this...nothing said to be haram for them..

    proud Saturday, 01 November 2014 06:52 PM

    This is what exact Sri Lankan culture in the high level society.

    damithw Saturday, 01 November 2014 07:35 PM

    Dangerous situation prevail in the country...It is shame that some members of SLC proposing a committee of people who did the crime...interesting....

    Affected Tuesday, 04 November 2014 08:03 AM

    There are many in the present SLC Board holding high ranks, who are to be included in the list.No "Yes", No place in the team.

    upul Sunday, 02 November 2014 12:21 AM

    So, there was not a single cricketer with enough self-respect to speak out or file a legal complaint until now. ALL these women valued their cricket more than what their mothers hopefully taught them, growing up??? And, these are the mothers of tomorrow?

    Shaul Sunday, 02 November 2014 01:44 AM

    Some VIPs associated with SLC were humping the female players as punishment when they lose a game.

    Aamarakoon Sunday, 02 November 2014 01:59 AM

    These allegations subsequently followed by a fact finding process. Now follow it up. I think Sanath is right and inquiry should be done by an independent body. It is worthwhile to remember that similar allegations were leveled at Pakistani Cricket board sometime back..

    M.O.A.Careem Sunday, 02 November 2014 04:19 AM

    bad virus hit all national sectors not only by way of corruption even sexually

    Chams Sunday, 02 November 2014 07:18 AM

    This entire country is in stray with indiscipline!!!!

    Duminda Sunday, 02 November 2014 07:49 AM

    Well said statement. As we all know that SL is completely a pathetic state with no hopes.

    Richie1975 Saturday, 01 November 2014 01:44 PM

    This is a serious issue and the investigation should be carried out by an independent committee appointed by the Minister of Sports and any official found guilty should be fined heavily, name published and also banned from taking part in sports activity. Besides, it is unfair on the part of the players who may not have been selected as they have not sexual bribes. Justice should prevail if the players involved also sacked from the team. Hope no political interference is exercised in conducting the investigation. Pathetic state.

    Saman Saturday, 01 November 2014 01:46 PM

    SLC has become another Politically powerful corrupted perverts den. No wonder a decent sportsman and woman do not like sports and contribute to sports. SLC is another elete political mafia perverts club.

    TJ Sunday, 02 November 2014 07:52 AM

    Perpetrators or their accomplices should not be allowed to investigate the crime committed by them.

    Waco Sunday, 02 November 2014 07:54 AM

    Appoint a panel of 3 retired female Judges to inquire into these allegations from A to Z. No preliminary investigations should be held by any one else as it will confuse matters.

    Shiraz Sunday, 02 November 2014 08:20 AM

    Wheres the catch here? Selection done where it was loosely held?

    Yehiya Sunday, 02 November 2014 08:22 AM

    Nishantha not suitable for this job.

    Sonali De Silva Sunday, 02 November 2014 08:30 AM

    The investigation should be expedited asap without dilly dallying and the officials involved in the scandal named so that others in the future will not get these bright ideas again.


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