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Thatscricket - News - Kiriella raps BCCSL on the knuckles

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
 
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella, dissatisfied with the work done by the ad-hoc cricket Board, has turned to former Test captain Duleep Mendis for help, officials said on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Mendis, who quit as national team manager two years ago to devote time to his business, is part of a new eight-man committee appointed by the minister to oversee the development of club cricket in the island. The committee, which also includes two former cricket chiefs, will work alongside the interim panel appointed by the Sports Minister in March to run the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL).The minister has said he was unhappy that cricket clubs had been neglected by the interim committee which has failed to develop the cricket infrastructure in the island. "The functions (of the new committee) will be to develop infrastructure, grounds and meet other requirements of clubs urgently within the next six months," the minister wrote to the interim committee's chairman Vijaya Malalasekara."I have been inundated with letters expressing their dissatisfaction (with the BCCSL). I have verified this as correct. You will agree that the clubs form the backbone of cricket in Sri Lanka."The minister warned the interim Board that it must release money to the new committee to help develop the facilities of various cricket clubs affiliated to the BCCSL.Sri Lanka's cricket management has been in crisis since March when Kiriella sacked the former elected Board headed by Thilanga Sumathipala and replaced it with an interim-panel of his own nominees led by Malalasekara. The BCCSL is the richest sports body in Sri Lanka, where cricket became a passion after Arjuna Ranatunga's men won the World Cup in 1996.

AFP
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