Lanka~~s sacked Cricket Board hits back

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2001, 21:30 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's sacked Cricket Control Board on Sunday slammed Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella for dismissing them amid allegations of financial irregularities. The Board's former treasurer Trevor Rajaratnam denied he had withheld the annual accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), which is the richest sports body in the country. "It is quite baffling, to say the least, as to why you have held out that no annual accounts had been circulated, thereby causing grave injury, damage, ridicule and humiliation to the members of the BCCSL executive committee 2000/2001," Rajaratnam said in a letter to Kiriella. Rajaratnam said the minister had sought to discredit the previous committee. There was no immediate reaction from either the minister or the government. His letter cams as the government accused the outgoing board of issuing a large number of cheques in a flurry just hours before the members were sacked on Wednesday. The new interim-committee of BCCSL, which was appointed on Thursday, told banks to report on all cheques issued by the previous management, a board official said. "There are suggestions that a large number of payments were made just before the previous committee was dissolved," a spokesman said. "As a precautionary measure, the banks have been alerted." The Sports Minister named Vijaya Malalasekara as the chairman of a four-member panel to run the crisis-ridden BCCSL. The minister's action followed allegations that the previous office holders had violated the sport's laws by not giving adequate notice of an annual general meeting scheduled for March 31. Copyright AFP 2000

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