Lanka Board~~s future hangs in balance

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 22:45 [IST]
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Colombo: The future of Sri Lankan cricket's ruling body was in doubt on Wednesday amid a leadership battle and a legal wrangle over its annual meeting. A court on Monday suspended the scheduled annual general meeting (AGM) of the crisis-ridden Board of Control for Cricket (BCCSL), scheduled for Friday, after a petition from one of the candidates for the presidency. Sumith Perera claimed that the outgoing board members had not followed the correct procedure in sending out notices for the meeting. Current president Thilanga Sumathipala said the board hoped to file their answers in court and have the matter cleared up. "We are hopeful that we will be able to hold the AGM as scheduled," Sumathipala told reporters here on Wednesday. However, government officials said that if Sumathipala did not get a ruling in his favour before the weekend, the Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella could appoint an interim board, as it did in 1999 during a previous bout of internecine squabbling.

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