Lankan Board set to hold elections after 4 years
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003, 2:00 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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Colombo: Sri Lanka's troubled Board (BCCSL) is set to hold elections in June after being managed by government-appointed committees for the past four years, officials said on Wednesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) ran into trouble following its last election in March 1999 when incumbent chief Thilanga Sumathipala defeated a close relative of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Kumaratunga's uncle, Clifford Ratwatte, who lost the vote, challenged Sumathipala's election and the government eventually appointed an interim committee to manage the BCCSL, the country's richest sporting body. Sports ministry official Milton Amarasinghe said they had decided to give up the practice of running the BCCSL through politically-appointed panels and elections would be held in the first week of June.