Lanka Board sacked amid court battle
Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella on Wednesday sacked the country's Board of Control for Cricket (BCCSL) amid a deepening court battle for its leadership, government officials told AFP. The minister decided to dissolve the BCCSL committee ahead of its scheduled annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday and was moving to appoint an interim panel to run Sri Lankan cricket, a sports ministry official said. "We have all the paper work ready and the gazette notification will be issued at midnight tonight," the official said. "We have taken the action following a court ruling today." The outgoing committee headed by Thilanga Sumathipala went to court on Wednesday seeking the lifting of an interim order preventing them from holding the AGM on Saturday. Another candidate for the leadership of the BCCSL, Sumith Perera won a court ruling on Monday preventing the AGM alleging that Sumathipala's committee had failed to provide the accounts of the organisation 30 days before the meet. Government officials said the minister was stepping in to appoint an interim committee to prevent a crisis in the BCCSL, which is one of the richest sports bodies here with Sri Lankan Rupees 800 million ($ 9.4 million) in the bank.