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ICC Board takes steps to investigate apparent government interference in Sri Lanka

The ICC hopes to progress this matter constructively with the Government of Sri Lanka for the good of all cricketing interests in Sri Lanka

ICC Board takes steps to investigate apparent government interference in Sri Lanka - Cricket News
The ICC hopes to progress this matter constructively for the good of all cricketing interests in Sri Lanka.
The ICC Board today considered the implications of the appointment of an Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) by the Government of Sri Lanka and whether this may be a breach of the ICC’s constitution which requires free and fair elections for office-bearers within Member boards.

After considerable discussion, and without making a final decision on the matter, the ICC Board supported a recommendation of the ICC Governance Review Committee that it should write to the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka seeking a full and proper explanation of its intervention that prima facie puts SLC in breach of the ICC’s constitution.

The Board further decided that, pending the satisfactory resolution of this matter, the next financial distribution due from the ICC to SLC will not be advanced to SLC and will, instead, be held in an escrow account.

Notwithstanding the Board’s decision, Mr Nuski Mohamed – a nominee of the Interim Committee – was given the opportunity to provide information about the status of the Interim Committee, following which he was invited to attend the ICC Board meeting as an observer on behalf of the interests of cricket in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, Mr Mohamed declined to attend the meeting on these terms and as a result there was no representative from Sri Lanka at the meeting.

The recent media comments of the Sri Lankan Sports Minister suggesting that the ICC was ‘colluding’ with former SLC officials were also noted and the ICC Board expressed its disappointment with the inaccurate nature of these comments. Moving forward the ICC hopes to progress this matter constructively with the Government of Sri Lanka for the good of all cricketing interests in Sri Lanka.

The ICC Board consists of the nominated representatives of each of the 10 Full Members plus three elected Associate Member representatives. The meeting is chaired by Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Also present is the ICC Chief Executive.

ICC Chairman                                                Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC Chief Executive                                      David Richardson
Australia                                                          Wally Edwards
Bangladesh                                                     Nazmul Hassan
England                                                           Giles Clarke
India                                                                Narayanaswami Srinivasan
New Zealand                                                  Greg Barclay
Pakistan                                                           Shaharyar M. Khan
South Africa                                                   Chris Nenzani
Sri Lanka                                                         No attendee
West Indies                                                     Dave Cameron
Zimbabwe                                                       Wilson Manase
Associate Member Director (Bermuda)          Neil Speight
Associate Member Director (Namibia)           Francois Erasmus
Associate Member Director (Singapore)         Imran Khawaja

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