~~BCCSL~~s finance scam will be probed~~

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Financial scandals within Sri Lanka's richest sports body, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCSL), will be investigated, Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella said on Tuesday. Kiriella, who sacked the BCCSL last week and appointed a team of former players to run the Board, said there had been irregularities and malpractices within the organisation that would be systematically investigated. "There are many financial malpractices in the cricket Board," Kiriella told Parliament. "But we can't change it overnight. It will take time, but I can assure you that I will not allow politicians to get involved in it." With estimated Rs 800 million ($ 9.45 million) in liquid assets, the BCCSL is the richest sports body in the country. However, it has been plagued by a power struggle for its leadership. Copyright AFP 2000 AFP

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