Sri Lanka's interim committee dissolved
Sri Lanka's sports ministry has dissolved Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) interim committee and appointed a panel, headed by former SLC chairman Upali Dharmadasa, for the next six months.
No reason has yet been given for the decision but there had been allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds against the outgoing committee, headed by Somachandra de Silva.
The dissolution comes a day after the ICC, at its annual conference in Hong Kong, gave all cricket boards a one-year deadline to free themselves from any government or political interference.
"The committee was automatically dissolved when the new one was appointed," sports ministry spokesman Harsha Abeykoon was quoted as saying by AFP. "One of the main tasks is to keep an eye on the finances," sports minister Mahinda Aluthgamage said. "We are in a financial crisis after the World Cup. We spent more than we budgeted for."
He said the SLC's cash problem would ease with a government grant and a government loan in the offing.
SLC has undergone tough times in recent months, incurring a debt of $23 million over the construction of stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele for the 2011 World Cup. In addition to that, there have been allegations of corruption and pressure to hold elections following a petition filed by Asoka Mendis - the president of the United Southern Cricket Club - against the appointment of an interim committee by the sports minister without the prior approval of the member clubs, which he claimed bypassed the electoral procedure.
On Wednesday the ICC launched a investigation of "black marketeering" of World Cup tickets, after its executive board received a confidential report criticising the handling of ticket sales in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.