Mendis~~ resignation yet to be accepted

Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo:Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Duleep Mendis has handed in his resignation amid a bitter row for control of the country's richest sporting body, officials said.

However, the former Test captain's resignation letter, handed in last week, has not been accepted, SLC spokesman Ray Illangakoon said on Tuesday.

"He feels harassed by the interim committee and the police as he is called for so many inquiries," Illangakoon said, referring to a panel appointed by the government to govern cricket in the island.

The island nation's cricket administration was plunged into crisis in March when sports minister Jeevan Kumaratunga suspended SLC's recognition as the official governing body, citing financial mismanagement.

An interim committee was appointed to run the game.

SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala obtained a temporary injunction in court against the sports minister's decision, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week recognised the interim committee after seeking legal advice.

Sumathipala, who insists he is in charge of cricket in the country, sealed the SLC offices in Colombo and sent the staff on paid leave to prevent the interim committee from discharging its duties.

The standoff has delayed the appointment of a new national coach to succeed Australian John Dyson, who resigned in April. Players' contracts and bidding for the team's sponsorship rights have also been stalled.

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