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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) rebuked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for following weak processes in performing its activities.

It was highlighted that these weak processes had led to the current crisis in cricket.

COPE Chairman Ranjith Bandara made this observation after SLC was probed by the committee. 

MP Bandara made this declaration several times during the probe.

It was revealed that SLC officials have visited Australia to view the T20 World Cup matches without proper approval by the Minister in charge of sports. It was revealed by COPE Member Dayasiri Jayasekera during the meeting that the Ministry secretary has no right to approve the SLC officials visit to Australia.

Accordingly, it was decided to call former Secretary of Sports Amal Harsha de Silva before the COPE as the approval had been given by him.

SLC Chairman Shammi Silva accepted that some persons who were taken on the Australian tour were not his relatives.

SLC also accepted that a senior DIG was appointed as an advisor but no payments had been made. 

“We did hire a DIG but we did not make any payments to him as he declined the offer,” the SLC Chairman said. 

However MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the situation is questionable as the DIG has declined the offer after a payment had been made.

The performance of the medical panel which attends to players was also questioned by COPE member Jayasekera who said injury of one player had been persistent for seven years and the panel had failed to attend to it. He then wanted chairman of the Selection Committee Promodaya Wickremesinghe to comment on the matter.

Wickramasinghe therefore accepted that injuries suffered by the players had led to the recent debacle at the World Cup this year. 

“We have experts in various spheres of medicine in our medical panel,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva replied.

COPE will summon SLC for three more days for a continuous probe starting from November 24 2023.


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  • A Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:34 PM

    But SL courts grant them Stay order.....how is tha for change ....

    Bandu Tuesday, 14 November 2023 11:46 PM

    Since it was accepted that SLC did hire a DIG but though no payments were made to him as he declined the offer,” the SLC Chairman said. So both the SLC and the DIG have committed corrupt practices as offering a job to a serving officer is corruption and the DIG should not have had any negotiations similarly committing an offence in trying to secure employment while in service.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 15 November 2023 01:39 AM

    No point in talking about processes. Misuse of funds is a criminal offence. The criminals were being asked to come to tge party property dressed, nothing else.

    A concerned citizen Wednesday, 15 November 2023 04:10 AM

    Members of COPE, have put it very mildly. Just say SLC is a highly corrupt and dictatorial organization. Executives of SLC have politicians, a DIG, Judges, and even the Underworld in their hands.

    EmptyHead Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:02 AM

    Outcome is nothing... Back to square one....pls understand a game of cricket in this country is lost forever. Only gamblers and leaque cricketers will remain. Pls stop this eye wash and get on with your businesses

    Herman Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:27 AM

    SLC taking relatives or friends during overseas trips are nothing new, why are we still debating it. How about politicians taking their families on official visits. So Sri Lanka

    A Saddened Cricket Fan Wednesday, 15 November 2023 06:38 AM

    It is not just sufficient to rebuke corrupt SLC Executives. COPE must recommend the Parliament to remove them from office and take legal action against them.

    Man Wednesday, 15 November 2023 10:53 AM

    COPE had played to the tune of Ranil. Otherwise, Ranjith Bandara cannot survive.

    cricket fan Wednesday, 15 November 2023 12:16 PM

    It is no surprise that Sri Lanka Cricket is also now heading in the same direction like the countries politicians and political set up.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 15 November 2023 04:11 PM

    The auditor general must conduct an investigation and confirm that the senior DIG was not paid by the Cricket Board.


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