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Sri Lanka Cricket up in arms against govt suspension

Published: Thursday, March 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Colombo:Sri Lanka's cricket governing body has lodged an appeal against its suspension by the government over alleged financial irregularities, cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said today.

Sri Lanka Cricket petitioned the Court of Appeal late yesterday seeking the lifting of its suspension slapped by Sports Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga a week ago, Sumathipala said.

"We are seeking court intervention to ensure that the minister does not take any further action in relation to cricket without giving us a hearing," Sumathipala, who was elected to his post last week, told AFP.

A date for the hearing has yet to be announced.

Sumathipala said the minister's action in suspending Sri Lanka Cricket meant they could not function as an officially recognised national body, but it had no implication for their membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sri Lanka Cricket is incorporated as a private company but it is also registered with the sports ministry so that it can represent the country at international events.

Sports minister Kumaratunga sacked Sri Lanka Cricket's governing body last week amid allegations of financial irregularities and appointed an interim committee to oversee the game.

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