Cool and Co. come to the rescue
Two of Sri Lankas most successful cricketers Arjuna
Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva who have been on opposing sides
on the Administration front of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have joined
hands to come forward together as a team at next months elections.
|Arjuna and Aravinda
The Arjuna-Aravinda alliance is part of a group
of renowned past test captains and cricketers who are coming forward
to take control of Sri Lanka Cricket following allegations of widespread
corruption and mismanagement of finances by successive administrators
in the past.
The past cricketers group have put forward two
conditions to the two main candidates Jayantha Dharmadasa and Thilanga
Sumathipala (or his nominee) who are expected to contest next month’s
election. The group insists that eleven, out of the twenty one positions
of the SLC Executive committee should be given to their group and
the Cricket Committee should be incorporated in the SLC constitution.
The convenor for the past cricketers group who
wished to remain anonymous confirmed to the Sunday Times that they
want to hold all key positions that are directly related to the
game and also have a hand in some of the important administrative
matters of SLC. Accordingly The Sunday Times learns that one of
the two positions for Vice Presidents, Asst.Secretary, Asst.Treasurer,
Chairman Tournament committee and Chairman Umpires committee are
among the 11 positions requested by the past cricketers.
Representatives of this group have had detailed
discussions with Dharmadasa and Sumathipala separately on this matter
in the last 48 hours and are expecting a favourable outcome from
either both potential candidates or at least one candidate. If both
the candidates do not agree, the past cricketers insists that they
will be taking the matter up with President Mahinda Rajapaksa as
they are of the opinion that the President will definitely support
the past cricketers coming forward in their bid to take control
of the game.
The ex-cricketers group ruled out contesting next
month’s elections although the group has already received
overwhelming support from some of the clubs that are expected to
vote at the elections.
When asked if Arjuna and Aravinda who were in
opposing camps agreed to come together one of the past cricketers
in the group said,’For the sake of Sri Lanka Cricket both
Arjuna and Aravinda have agreed to this move. In fact both are in
England at the moment, but we have discussed this matter with both
and they have also spoken to each other and agreed and given their
consent to us on the matter’.
Nominations for the SLC elections will close on
the 1st of July and elections are scheduled to be held on July 15.