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Murali among group asking court to reform Sri Lanka Cricket

15 February 2021 11:35 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Bowling great Muttiah Muralitharan and other former Sri Lanka cricketers and administrators are seeking a court order for the government to appoint an independent committee to draft a new constitution that will reform the running of the national game. 

Former test opener Sidath Wettimuny and Michael Tissera, who played for Sri Lanka in the inaugural 1975 World Cup and later became manager, are among a group of 12 who petitioned the court.

The group also included Ana Punchihewa, Vijaya Malalasekara and Rienzie Wijetilleke, who have all headed the national cricket board at various times.

“The root cause of the decline of Sri Lankan cricket is its poor governance driven through the flawed constitution of SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket)," the petitioners said in a statement.

"The said constitution has installed a board which is not independent from its playing clubs.

“It is severely conflicted between club and country. This system encourages the office bearers to take decisions mostly to satisfy its voter base, causing the playing standards of Sri Lankan cricket to deteriorate."

Sri Lanka, with a population of 22 million, has 24 first-class cricket clubs with 147 votes electing the administrators while India, with more than a billion people, has a voter base of only 38, the statement added.

Since 2016, Sri Lanka has lost 118 out of 194 international games.

Following recent test series defeats against South Africa and England, the board appointed a cricket committee led by former batting great Aravinda de Silva.

Muralitharan, the all-time leading test wicket-taker with 800 victims who retired in 2010, Kumar Sangakkara and Roshan Mahanama are also part of the committee.

“International cricket is a small pond and cricket gains nothing to see one of its most storied full members, Sri Lanka, wither into oblivion," the petitioners said, while asking the International Cricket Council to provide time, space, expertise and guidance for the creation of a new governance system. (Outlook India)

  Comments - 3

  • Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 16 February 2021 10:29 AM

    It's a smart move to secure a court ruling to differ elections until a new process is formulated to ensure that this corrupt inefficient group does not get elected using their proxy's . As at today Sri Lanka s Cricket is appalling and a disgrace

    Jude Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:15 PM

    NEVER allow Bookieman type people or taxi DRIVERS son or Mudalalis Sons to creep in to SLC helm!! NEVER ! NEVER allow that TO happen!! Yeah!!

    Jude Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:33 PM

    I reiterate, gone are the days THE SL cricket board had such distinguished gentlemen in the helm like JR, NM, TB Werapitiya, Gamini D. Tyronne Fernando !!

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