Former Cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga was appointed as the chairperson of the interim Committee to take care of Sri Lankan Cricket after the suspension of the executive committee.
Roshan appoints Arjuna Ranatunga-led Interim committee
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs appointed a new interim Committee led by the former Sri Lankan Captain Arjuna Ranatunga to administrate and take over the affairs of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board after the suspension of the executive committee due to allegations of corruption, misconduct, and dereliction of duties and responsibilities.
They were also assigned by the sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe to conduct an independent and transparent investigation of the irregularities, corruption, misconduct, and dereliction of duties and responsibilities. They were assigned to submit a detailed report on the allegation.
They will set to take action and implement the recommended changes in the special audit report by the Auditor General dated September 11, 2023. The ICC’s response to the move is unclear, but it has a view on the committee appointed by the previous Sri Lankan government.
However, the local government has the power to dissolve the committee. However, it does not go with the regulations of the ICC. During the period between 2014 and 2015, an interim team appointed by the Sri Lankan government had a tough time as ICC refused to disburse payments owed to SLC and held those funds until new board members were elected. They were also demoted to the observer status at ICC board meetings.
This act was taken on Sri Lanka’s exit from the World Cup 2023 after their team’s dismissal for 55 against India at Wankhede Stadium.
The seven-member committee, which is headed by Ranatunga, also includes S. I. Imam (Retired Supreme Court Judge), Rohini Marasinghe (Retired Supreme Court Judge), Irangani Perera (Retired High Court Judge), Upali Dharmadasa (former SLC president), Rakitha Rajapakshe (Attorney-at-Law) and Hisham Jamaldeen.
With only two match results to be revealed for Sri Lanka, they have won only two matches out of seven matches they have played so far in the World Cup tournament.
Sri Lanka is currently playing in the 38th World Cup match against Bangladesh at Arun Jaitley Stadium where Sri Lanka batted first and aimed to set up a 300-score target for Bangladesh. During the match, the dismissal of the allrounder Angelo Mathews put quite pressure on the side as he was sent out due to time-out.
Sri Lanka will be playing their last group stage match against New Zealand on November 9 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.