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Constitutional reform necessary but only after consulting stakeholders – SLC Secretary

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While conceding that a reform of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) constitution was necessary, SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva believes that it needs to be done in consultation with its stakeholders.  

Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe appointed a 10-member committee in February, led by former Supreme Court Judge Justice KT Chithrasiri, to draft a new proposed SLC constitution, a move that has been condemned by SLC.

De Silva said changes were necessary, such as addressing the bloated number of votes, but it needed to be addressed differently.

“The SLC Ex-Co has decided that some of the clauses in the constitution do need to be amended, but we are of the consensus view that it needs to be done with the consultation of our stakeholders,” SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva told the Daily Mirror.

“The voting structure needs to be amended, but a fair mechanism needs to be implemented that ensures the rights of our stakeholders – our clubs and our associations,” de Silva said.

Interestingly, SLC published a notice in the Daily Mirror on Monday, calling the Minister’s move “illegal” as it “interfered with the Constitution and due functioning of Sri Lanka Cricket. We will take all necessary action to protect the Constitution of SLC, the rights of its members and the well-being of Sri Lankan cricket."

The notice also said that SLC themselves had appointed a ten-member independent committee, headed by President’s Counsel Navin Marapana, to suggest constitutional amendments to the membership, in the interests of Sri Lanka cricket.

(Shehan Daniel)

  Comments - 3

  • DRS Wednesday, 26 April 2023 11:10 AM

    SLC has changed the Constitution to increase the number of First Division Clubs to 26 which is several times more than even countries with 10 times the population of SL just to get votes during Election of Office Bearers for SLC. This has to change. There is no need to get permission from the clubs or corrupt SLC Executives. Minister must use all his power and change this corrupt constitution to improve cricket in Sri Lanka.

    Joker Wednesday, 26 April 2023 01:09 PM

    Joke of the year. Consulting non existing stake holders? It is well known fact that most of the club's that have voting rights are non performing clubs only on paper.

    Strong Mind; Strong Body Thursday, 27 April 2023 11:23 AM

    Dear Hon Minister of Sports: Look at some other Ministers: eg. Kappan Prasanna, Kasippu Fernando, Female Plantain Rambuk, and Rila Amare, etc They do anything coming to their mind. For the sake of sports in Sri Lanka, you have to be strong. The whole country will be with you.

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