Lankan cricket board members resign

Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: The entire interim committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka has resigned following accusations made against chairman of the committee Rienzie Wijetilleke, allegedly by Sports Minister S B Dissanayake.

The interim committee was appointed by the sports minister himself, following an injunction moved in courts calling for the annulment of the election of office-bearers at the Annual General Meeting in last March.

According to media reports, the sports minister had alleged that the chairman of the interim committee was responsible for leakage of the draft audit report of the board and also organising a function to support one of the board candidates running for the presidency of the board.

Wijetilleke's shock resignation prompted other interim committee members - Michael Tissera, S Skandakumar, Sidat Wettimuny and Asanta De Mel -also to step down, plunging the trouble-torn cricket administration into a fresh storm at a time when Sri Lankan cricket is regaining its world cup glory.

Wijetilleke reportedly rejected the minister's charge but later wrote to President Chandrika Kumaratunga saying he was stepping down from the post.

''We cannot go on like this when charges are thrown against one member. I don't want to carry on when we are accused of playing politics,'' one member of the interim committee said.



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