Namal gives SLC a month to implement changes

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Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to implement reforms to the domestic cricket system, including the reduction of first-class clubs and the introduction of a five-team Super Provincial tournament.

The Minister met officials of SLC on Wednesday, where several suggestions were agreed upon, with the Minister giving SLC a March 1 deadline by which to implement these changes.

Among the list of seven suggestions was the nomination of a new cricket selection committee, the reorganization of the current domestic tournament to reduce the number of clubs with first-class status to between eight and 14 and the appointment of a team mentor, Director of Cricket and a full-time team manager.

It was also suggested to cluster Tier 1, Tier 2 and divisional clubs as part of the Super Provincial tournament.

The Minister has also asked for the re-consideration of contracts for players and coaches, to make them more incentive driven, so that “it encompasses an incentive structure based on both team and individual performance as well as consistency and disciple,” as stated in a media release issued by the Sports Ministry last night.

It was also suggested that SLC develop a mechanism to monitor and enforce discipline along with player fitness.

A further recommendation was made to appoint a cricket committee in SLC to implement and oversee local and international cricketing structure.

Former players and administrators have long called for the reduction of first-class clubs and the implementation of a strong provincial cricket tournament to improve the quality of talent produced through the domestic structure.

The Minister has come under some pressure to make changes to SLC following two Test series defeats, in South Africa and at home to England, with question marks over the discipline and fitness levels of players.


  Comments - 13

  • Roshan samarathunga Friday, 29 January 2021 11:19 PM

    Name called grass root level, inclusive not exclusive, not majority yes minorities. We must start from top of the family tree.

    Leonard de Mel Saturday, 30 January 2021 05:50 AM

    Politicians Shouldn't get involve in Cricket

    FF Saturday, 30 January 2021 12:52 PM


    izzi Sunday, 31 January 2021 05:02 AM

    Cricket and politics don't mix. Sri Lanka is the only country in the world where politicians make important decisions about the game because it is a lucrative sport.

    MUNAS Sunday, 31 January 2021 03:28 PM


    RanjithT Sunday, 31 January 2021 04:57 PM

    We should change the structure and field a team comprising only of politicians. They hit sixes at will, deliver unplayable balls, keep wickets very well and above all can get the decision they want. Mark my word we will win every match just like they did it for 73 year.

    Man Monday, 01 February 2021 09:04 AM

    Those proposals of Sanga, Mahela, Sidath, Mahanama, etc. must be implemented and LPL must be subject to the approval of committees to be appointed. It is a very good reason for the debacle by having just before a very important test series. So, the main culprit is there.

    Fernando Monday, 01 February 2021 10:02 AM

    Wondering why "National Team" which represents "Sri-Lanka" is being spearheaded by "SLC", instead of an "Government Entity". Sri-Lankan Cricket to be managed by Sri-lankan government unit. Then only it can support all sri-lankans, including rural school cricketers. Further, it allows proper Audits, which is a thing in the past, as per reports.

    Era Monday, 01 February 2021 10:36 AM

    I am not a Rajapakse supporter. Minister is echoing only what past greats have been telling, including Mahela, Sanga, Aravinda and Arjuna. So let's support the monister on this move.

    Champion Monday, 01 February 2021 05:52 PM


    kemananda de silve Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:21 AM

    what does he know about cricket, no nothing. I wander he played any cricket to his school

    Dr. Sunil de Silva Tuesday, 02 February 2021 10:28 AM

    get rid of all the committee members and give a chance to Arujuna Ranatunga to run SCB for a change

    Era Wednesday, 03 February 2021 05:16 AM

    He ran it for a period as the interim committee President, why didn't he bring on the changes ? All previous sports ministers are also responsible as they were just warming the seat. Harin did one vital change by banning people connected witj betting holding office. Main matter is to limit first class cricket to 8 not 14 teams. 1/2 the issue will be solved instantly.

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