- Opposition Leader says he invited the former Sports Minister to discuss removing Sri Lanka’s cricket ban and not for any political conspiracy
By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe yesterday admitted in Parliament that they had a discussion with the Indian High Commissioner at the Opposition Leader’s Office over the crisis in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Former Minister Ranasinghe said he went to the Opposition Leader’s Office following an invitation by Opposition Leader Premadasa and asked what was wrong with it if other leaders could meet the Opposition Leader.
“The Opposition Leader asked me to come to his office. So, I went. When I went there, the Indian High Commissioner was also there in his office. Then, we discussed that there is no issue of BCCI and ICC working with the Interim Committee and I came back,” he said.
Mr. Ranasinghe said the Opposition Leader is the country’s Opposition Leader and that he even went to meet Ranil Wickremesinghe as the then Opposition Leader.
The Opposition Leader said he invited former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe to the Opposition Leader’s office to discuss removing Sri Lanka’s cricket ban and not for any political conspiracy.
He said he was having a discussion with the Indian High Commissioner and that he invited Roshan Ranasinghe also to the occasion to see if there are any possibilities of getting the intervention of the High Commissioner to remove the ban on Sri Lanka Cricket.
“I discussed with the Indian High Commissioner and Roshan Ranasinghe to remove the cricket ban and not to plan any political conspiracy. Roshan Ranasinghe is now accused of meeting the Opposition Leader. The other Cabinet Ministers also come and meet me. They do not come to engage in any political conspiracies,” he said.