Lanka revamping cricket board amid chaos

Published: Thursday, February 24, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Sports Minister S B Dissanayake is to appoint his secretary as head of a new panel to run Sri Lankan cricket after the board resigned en masse, reports said on Wednesday.

The administration of the sports was again plunged into turmoil on Tuesday when the board, appointed by Dissanayake last June, quit following sharp differences with the minister.

The state-run Daily News said Dissanayake would name Sports Ministry secretary R M K Ratnayake as head of a new interim panel to manage the controversial Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan cricket administration has been in crisis since elections in March last year. Following allegations of vote rigging, the minister appointed an interim board in June.

Officials said interim chairman of the cricket board Rienzie Wijetilleke tendered his resignation first and was followed by the other members of the ad hoc panel.

The latest crisis comes after Dissanayake announced he was appointing a three-member panel to investigate allegations of financial mismanagement under a previous board.

The sports ministry had called for fresh elections to the cricket board next month, but suddenly put off the elections indefinitely.

Bridge News


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