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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - Amidst the recent dispute between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe over the appointment of an interim committee for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the Cabinet has decided that any future interim committee appointments for SLC must receive Cabinet approval.

Previously, the Sports Minister appointed an interim committee led by former cricketer Arjuna Ranathunga for SLC. However, the President reportedly expressed his displeasure at not being consulted before the appointment, instructing the Sports Minister to revoke the gazette issued for the interim committee.

Meanwhile, the President's Media Division (PMD) said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has authorized the Ministerial Sub-Committee, led by Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, to make decisions on the suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket's membership in the International Cricket Council (ICC). 

Last week, the Cabinet decided to appoint a four-member Cabinet sub-committee to look into the gazette issued by the Sports Minister, which appointed an Interim Committee for SLC while suspending the previous board and future activities of SLC.

Sri Lanka's ICC membership has been suspended effective November 10 due to government interference in Sri Lanka Cricket's administration.


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  • Neo Tuesday, 14 November 2023 03:40 PM

    When the general public are gullible, politicians plays to the gallery. This sports minister should should sacked.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Tuesday, 14 November 2023 03:42 PM

    This looks a better alternative and transparency in SLC committee appointments a dire necessity.

    Namal Mendis Tuesday, 14 November 2023 04:08 PM

    This is a false press release issued by the PMD. The Minister of Sports clearly says that no decision as such was taken at the Cabinet. The public need to know whether there is a minute in the cabinet proceedings in this regard or who ordered the PMD to issue false press release. Namal

    A disgusted cricket fan Tuesday, 14 November 2023 04:13 PM

    It is really unfortunate that the Cabinet and the President always try to protect corrupt Executives of SLC.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 14 November 2023 04:18 PM

    Cabinet approval for the activities of a boring and completely unimportant sport? If this isn't politicization of sport, what is?

    Maqs Tuesday, 14 November 2023 04:31 PM

    What madness... Why should the cabinet approval be obtained for the appointment of officials to a sports body? What's the logic? May be that's what they say "Ballage wede booruwa karanwa"

    Seqi Tuesday, 14 November 2023 05:02 PM

    But ICC doesn't condone political interference..... which this clearly is. Are these people tone deaf.

    Ram Tuesday, 14 November 2023 05:05 PM

    It appears that to save face RW has manipulated for the Cabinet to appoint future interim committees. If this decision contravenes the Power given to the Minister to appoint interim Committee such decision will have no value unless the relevant law is amended

    Erandani Dias Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:36 PM

    What cabinet approval? We only hear president ordered this and president ordered that. Where is the prime minister in all this, by the way? I seem to remember that when RW was PM, he called the shots then too. So we have a dictator president.

    Sambo Tuesday, 14 November 2023 08:10 PM

    How can the ICC say that the government in way should not interfere in the cricket board. Our board was having a gala time wasting the player money by billions of rupees. So why should not the minister interfere.

    Zaza Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:00 PM

    Because they did not get any

    Buddhist Wednesday, 15 November 2023 12:20 AM

    The cabinet is full of crooks and bribe-takers, this would be another bonus to them.

    Tharindu Fernando Wednesday, 15 November 2023 02:39 AM

    The comments prove Gullibility.The actual matter is that the SLC has the cabinet too in its paws due to 'palm oil'. This is a method to continue this practice.

    A disappointed cricket fan Wednesday, 15 November 2023 07:54 AM

    This is an attempt to keep corrupt SLC Executives in charge forever.

    Man Wednesday, 15 November 2023 11:30 AM

    To protect Shammi. Ranil going to spend for cricket though it's SLC's obligation without ordering them to spend. So-called economic recovery done by taxing the poor and selling everything at his disposal. Is it clever or a lunatic?

    Dhananjali Ranabahu Wednesday, 15 November 2023 03:49 PM

    Do we have a proper KABINET? They are all equally qualified thieves except Myna, Kaputa, Gobbaya, NaRa, Paga Pala, Grama Sevaka Sira and Kappam Thunga!


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