Colombo, Jul 1: Sri Lanka said on Jun 30 it would fall in line with an International Cricket Council (ICC) directive aimed at banning government interference in national cricket boards. Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said an election would be held in January for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board which, for the past seven years, has been appointed by the government.
"We will abide by ICC rules," Aluthgamage said.
The governing body, holding its annual meeting in Hong Kong, announced a ban on countries making political appointments to national boards, vowing to free the sport from undue government influence.
As well as Sri Lanka, the reform, which allows the ICC to suspend a member country for non-compliance, will impact Pakistan and Bangladesh.
In Pakistan, the president is the national cricket board's patron.
All member boards have been given until the next ICC meeting in June 2012 to implement the new ruling and a further 12 months -- to June 2013 -- before any sanctions will be considered.