Sri Lanka’s sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe sacked the national cricket board today, days after a humiliating defeat by India and the bad performance of the team at the World Cup.
Sri Lanka’s sports minister, Roshan Ranasinghe, has appointed a new seven-member interim committee for Sri Lanka Cricket, led by the country’s 1996 World Cup-winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga.
This move comes after months of disputes and allegations of corruption within Sri Lanka Cricket. Ranasinghe publicly demanded the resignation of the entire cricket board following a humiliating defeat against India in the World Cup. The defeat sparked public outrage, and police were deployed outside the board office due to protests.
Ranasinghe has accused the cricket officials of being morally and ethically unfit for their positions and labeled them as “traitorous and corrupt.” He has also reached out to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for support in addressing complaints of player discipline issues, management corruption, financial misconduct, and match-fixing allegations within Sri Lanka Cricket.
This move by the sports minister dismisses the previously elected board and could potentially lead to a shake-up in Sri Lankan cricket administration.
Sri Lanka has not won the World Cup since 1996, and Ranasinghe blames the cricket board for the deterioration in standards, while previous ministers have also highlighted issues of corruption within the sport.