Duleep Mendis removed - Minister not kept informed

By S.R. Pathiravithana
Have the old friends fallen out? First the new SLC, IC chairman D.S. de Silva employed an additional CEO and now he has struck CEO Duleep Mendis’ name off the 2011 organising committee list. The two cricketing veterans played in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match against England in 1982. (Picture by Ranjith Perera)
Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge has summoned the Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee for a meeting in the coming week regarding the removal of its CEO Duleep Mendis from the 2011 World Cup Committee.
Last week SLC Interim Committee chairman D. Somachandra de Silva took a unilateral step and removed Mendis from the World Cup organising committee and replaced him with the SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga. He took this step without informing either the rest of the SLC interim committee or the Minister of Sports.

A much disturbed Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge speaking to The Sunday Times said: “I have given them the authority to go ahead with the work regarding the 2011 World Cup as it is way behind schedule. However they must keep me informed when they take any step of this magnitude.”

Mendis was involved in the organising of the 2011 World Cup from its inception and it was he who prepared the initial WC bid document on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Meanwhile the ICC has called up a meeting of the World Cup co-hosts India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Dubai on June 3 to seek an out of court settlement to the case filed by Pakistan.
Pakistan took Cricket’s governing body the ICC to courts against their decision to remove Pakistan as a co-host of the 2011 World Cup. They alleged the manner in which the ICC decision was taken was "legally flawed...unfair and discriminatory" and that Pakistan intended to fight for its right as co-host.
Last week Pakistan’s cricket chief made an unannounced tour of Sri Lanka and India and met the Sri Lankan officials and the World Cup 2011 organising committee chairman Sharad Pawar and he subsequently made an alternate proposal to the ICC saying that they would like to remain as a co-host and play their fourteen matches either in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or even Malaysia. However it seemed that India was not impressed with this alternate offer.

On this development Minister Gamini Lokuge has indicated to the SLC that any official who leaves the island on any mission has to obtain his prior approval.
Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
  Other Sports Articles
- Duleep Mendis removed - Minister not kept informed
- Sri Lanka tightrope walking
- Food for thought for the big league of cricket!
- Rugby violence a curse that must stop
- The team that made history for Royal
- Abu Dhabi willing to bail out Pakistan
- Trinity survive Peter’s challenge
- Roaring Royal at it again - drub Mahanama
- CSA welcomes ICL players
- McGrath hints at IPL retirement
- Isipatana in lacklustre win
- Johnson relishes chance to attack Strauss
- The word Australia not daunting
- Living to swim and swimming to live
- Errol needs your assistance
- Royals to challenge Charges
- Battle of the Blues spreads to the pool
- Kandy overcome Air Force 27-6
- Kingswood down St.Anthony’s 40-12
- More questions than answers in Federer quest
- Two defeats in three games: Trinity cautiously optimistic
- It’s Bradby time again


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 2009 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved.| Site best viewed in IE ver 6.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution