Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake will run Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) with the present interim committee till next year, but SLC stakeholders have not shown their pleasure at the decision, two media releases issued yesterday by the Ministry and Stakeholders after a discussion between the parties show.
“The Minister pointed out the importance of the validity of the Interim committee and assured to hold the elections for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board within the month of January 2016” stated the release issued by the Minstry.
However the former Exco members of the SLC, who represented the stakeholders at the meeting have not agreed to it and wanted to consult all stakeholders to get their views.
“The delegation however insisted that the Hon Minister should expedite the so called investigations in order to hold the elections as early as possible and promised to revert back to the Hon Minister after discussing with the stakeholders about his request” stated the release issued by stakeholders.
“Hon Minister also informed the delegation that he had informed the ICC officials that he would have discussions with the stakeholders to resolve this issue amicably as he had wanted time till January next year to have the elections” added that release.
Both parties have however agreed on one point - that the discussions were cordial.
“All in all the discussions were cordial and the delegation and the Hon. Minister agreed to support each other for the larger interest of the game and the Country” stated the release from stakeholders while Ministry release stated “The discussions were very cordial while the Former Board members assured their fullest cooperation and support to the Minister of Sports Navin Dissanayake to uplift Cricket in the country”.
Meanwhile, Minister Dissanayake told “Daily Mirror” yesterday that three members of the SLC Interim committee who travelled to Dubai with him indeed took part in the discussion along with him and rejected the media reports that said only he was allowed in for the discussions.
Minister also revealed that ICC has agreed to release all the due funds to SLC gradually “according to a formula”.
ICC sources however told “Daily Mirror” yesterday that ICC has only released US $ 460,000 which is the prize money from the recent ICC World Cup due to the players. They said only the ICC Executive Board had the power to take a decision on releasing other funds to SLC as the decision to hold back the funds had been taken by the Executive Board.
“The decision on the release of its profits from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be made by the ICC Board” said the source. The next ICC Board meeting is scheduled in Barbados during the ICC Annual Conference week on 26 June.
He said that the ICC Board most likely, will decide on the status of Sri Lanka’s future as a full member at the Barbados meeting after considering the outcome of talks with Sri Lankan Sports Minister and also taking into consideration the representations made by SLC Stakeholders at ICC’s request.
An estimated US $ 12 million have been held back by ICC after Minister Dissanayake decided to appoint an interim committee, a decision that has also come under attack from SLC Stakeholders.
“As per our meeting held with the stakeholders on 25th April where a mandate was given to the outgoing Executive committee by them to take appropriate action for denying our legitimate right to elect office bearers of our choice and the subsequent appointment of an Interim committee…” read the start of the media release issued by stakeholder yesterday. (Chanaka de Silva)