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By Shehan Daniel

COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - With a parliamentary debate seeking the resignation of the incumbent Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) administration looming, SLC Vice President Ravin Wickramaratne said they would seek legal advice if they were asked to resign.

Parliament is set to debate a resolution tomorrow, which will be moved by Leader of Opposition SJB MP Sajith Premadasa, amidst mounting public pressure for the SLC administration to be sacked.

“We will seek legal advice,” was the short answer given by Wickramaratne, when asked if the SLC administration did not have a moral obligation to resign if asked to by Parliament, even if the passing of the resolution was not legally binding.

“We are here because of our stakeholders. There is a small section of the public that wants us to resign, but our stakeholders are also part of the (larger) public too and they have democratically elected us,” Wickramaratne said.

SLC has been in upheaval this week, with the Sports Minister dissolving the administration on Monday, instating an interim committee, led by Arjuna Ranatunga, in its place.

An interim order by SLC President Shammi Silva on Tuesday however, stayed the operation of the interim committee, with Ranatunga seen leaving the SLC offices on Tuesday.

Kapuwatte said SLC was in the process of developing four venues for the Under 19 World Cup that is scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka next year, and it was cheques drawn for those expenses that were taken by Ranatunga when he left the SLC offices.

“Arjuna Ranatunga who came here for a day, has taken all those cheques and he gave huge publicity to this stating that we have drawn cheques amounting to millions for unauthorized reasons when leaving SLC, and he is trying to project this as a fraud. It is for this reason (the development of the grounds) that we have drawn these cheques,” Kapuwatte said.

“They are supposed to hand over the cheques, but they have not yet,” he claimed.


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  • wickrama wijayasiri Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:00 PM

    The SLC officials are nothing but vampires larger than bed bugs, although they do the same. They do not care about cricket. It is all a business for them on the backs of the cricketors and the cricket fans. SLC must be disbanded and a team of cricket enthusiast honest people appointed in place on a volunteer basis. No salaries, perks, etc.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:04 PM

    We are not certain who is correct, but the perks given to coaches and officers are too high for a country like Sri Lanka, this has to be pruned, hiring foreign coaches not required, when we have better coaches Island wide.

    Be Fair Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:17 PM

    Who is Kapuwatte now....???

    Joshua Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:30 PM

    Legal or not. Very soon you will ve kicked out . President RW seems to be on your side but he has no support of the parliament

    City Thursday, 09 November 2023 05:54 AM

    President has nothing to do with this.... don't forget SLC is a separate entity. Probably many are so concerned about it cause it deals in USD. The minister was mislead.

    Danny Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:38 PM

    Are these official don’t have grown up children to advice their fathers on wrong doing what they do.

    Wije Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:40 PM

    Even for legal advice they will spend money of SLC , not from own pocket.

    Dee Wednesday, 08 November 2023 09:40 PM

    Oh Kapu! You are very well known for….

    Disce AUT Disce Wednesday, 08 November 2023 10:33 PM

    Are they connected to the Old Royalist elitist club to wield so much arrogance and power

    Maqs Wednesday, 08 November 2023 10:47 PM

    Ha ha ha.... Get lost my dear SLC officials.. We don't want you to be there any more.

    Prasad Wednesday, 08 November 2023 10:56 PM

    Is he above the parliament? His services are no longer needed. He should accept the changed circumstances and exit with dignity.

    ACA Wednesday, 08 November 2023 11:01 PM

    Robbers get out without ruining our cricket?

    Roland Reid Wednesday, 08 November 2023 11:33 PM

    This guy should have been put in prison long time ago. His a fixer even in the club matches

    rani Thursday, 09 November 2023 01:19 AM

    Oh my the power these people have without resigning. Amazing Sri Lanka

    dotv Thursday, 09 November 2023 02:58 AM

    'Kapuwatte said SLC was in the process of developing four venues for the Under 19 World Cup that is scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka next year,' This work on the venues ? Has this work been costed and now embarked on ? Do they pay these people as an advance to commence work ? How does this work out ? ..

    Ram Thursday, 09 November 2023 03:38 AM

    Remove them by a Parliamentary resolution to prevent any legal action

    Nm Thursday, 09 November 2023 04:04 AM

    This man Nalin W has got his wires crossed. He says a small crowd want them out while a large crowd want them to stay. The parliament represent the entire country and they are all together in this matter. The SLT has only few like wise people representing few cricket clubs including some non existing clubs.

    Lal. Fernando. Thursday, 09 November 2023 05:56 AM

    After following the latest about the cricket board, what I gather from all this is, the president is not a ROGUE, but all the others in the cricket board are thieves. President knows this very well. He wants to keep them in those areas because the president wants to be in power, with the help

    Christo255 Thursday, 09 November 2023 05:58 AM

    Parliament represents the whole country and SLC just a few clubs, so why should Parliament ask them to resign. Just sack them. Remember Parliament is above judiciary

    Lal. Fernando. Thursday, 09 November 2023 06:18 AM

    Have a look at this man's face. He looks a crook . Then he is a crook and a dishonest human being. Hope the authorities get him and nailed him, bring him to justice and the court would take the decision, and if found guilty, give him the harshest penalty.

    wsw Thursday, 09 November 2023 07:16 AM

    What is the role of this "Kapuwatte", where did he come from? The readers are confused !!

    Sambo Thursday, 09 November 2023 07:34 AM

    You people have stolen a nations wealth and shameless and stil want to hang on and suck the blood like leeches.

    Ron Thursday, 09 November 2023 09:23 AM

    sports and politics should be divided completely from each other too many cooks spoils the soup cricket should be governed by ICC appointees to archive best for cricket..

    Bandu Thursday, 09 November 2023 09:56 AM

    Spend another few millions to lawyers paid from SLC funds to stay in office and plunder..

    Prageeth Wijesinghe Thursday, 09 November 2023 11:16 AM

    "Democratically" elected? Where? In another planet or here on earth? These vile thieves rob our country of cricket yet speaking like saints.


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