SL chief renounces bid for leadership
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's sacked Cricket Board chief vowed on Thursday to stay away from the management of the game as the government announced it would investigate financial irregularities in the affluent sports body. Thilanga Sumathipala, the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCSL) said he was disgusted with the bitter struggle to oust him and was quitting a race for the presidency. Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella sacked Sumathipala's committee on March 28, three days before it was set to hold the annual general meeting at which Sumathipala was expected to be re-elected for another one-year term. Sumathipala said he was bitter and hoped to stay away. "I will never enter elections for the BCCSL," Sumathipala said, adding however, that he was keen to clear his name from the allegations of financial mismanagement. Kiriella said there had been irregularities and malpractice within the BCCSL that would be systematically investigated. "There are many financial malpractices in the cricket board," Kiriella told parliament this week. "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 Rupees 800 million ($ 9.45 million) in liquid assets, the BCCSL is the richest sports body in the country and has been plagued by a power struggle.