Jayantha promises to rid SLC of corruption

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By Shehan Daniel 

Promising to arrest the corruption that had seen Sri Lankan cricket become the subject of an International Cricket Council (ICC) investigation, former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Vice-President Jayantha Dharmadasa yesterday chastised the Thilanga Sumathipala-led administration that he was once a part of, saying that he had repeatedly voiced his opposition before tendering his resignation. 


In his first media briefing since coming forward to contest the President’s post at the February 21 elections, and with the slogan “Let’s Make Cricket Great Again” in the background, Dharmadasa said he and fellow Vice-President K. Mathivanan had written to Sumathipala when they served together in the previous Execuive Committee about his unilateral decision making and the ad-hoc appointments being made at SLC, among other discrepancies, which ultimately went unheeded. 


“There was no proper administration. Mathivanan and I wrote to Sumathipala on two occasions, but even though he agreed with what was in the letter, things remained the same. After that on three occasions I tended my resignation, because I did not want to be involved in a corrupt administration, but it was not tabled at a meeting for eight months,” Dharmadasa claimed. “If you want corruption and fraud at SLC then don’t vote for us. But we have the experience to bring Sri Lanka back to its glory days without indulging in corruption.”

 

After that on three occasions I tended my resignation, because I did not want to be involved in a corrupt administration, but it was not tabled at a meeting for eight months


“The ICC has now labelled us as the most corrupt country in cricket, and those who administered the game to this state, are trying to contest again,” Dharmadasa also said.  


Dharmadasa’s nomination had earlier been challenged, on the grounds that he had not “represented an affiliate or controlling club or a member cricket association in any major tournament conducted or approved by SLC”, as per Article 7(f) of the SLC Constitution but was cleared by the Elections Committee. 


Dharmadasa also refuted this objection by stating that he had played Mercantile cricket which was at one time a major tournament under this clause. 


“Mercantile cricket was previously recognised by SLC as a Premier Tournament, but that status was removed to block my brother (Upali Dharmadasa) and I from contesting the elections,” Dharmadasa claimed.
“But the Mercantile Cricket Association still has two votes at the elections.”


Dharmadasa and Mathivanan were part of the Sumathipala-led administration, but have now joined hands with Nishantha and Arjuna Ranatunga, to form a strong team to challenge the previous regime. 
At the elections, Dharmadasa will be up against Mohan de Silva whose team is seen as an extension to the Sumathipala-administration with almost all the members of that team among those who functioned in that administration along with having the former SLC President’s backing.  


Mathivanan, meanwhile, was nominated for the positions of President and Vice-Presidents, but will now contest for the latter, since Dharmadasa was cleared by the Elections Committee of the objections made against him. 
If re-elected as the Vice-President, Mathivanan is likely to reprise his role in the forefront of a restructure of the domestic game, that will see an added emphasis on Inter-Provincial Tournament. 


“When you say Inter-Provincial Tournament there is a discrepancy as to which province a player belongs to, so we’ll fine tune the domestic structure and introduce an elite tournament, akin to the Inter-Provincial Tournament, which will be the focal point of the domestic game,” Mathivanan said. Ranatunga meanwhile, punched holes in the claims that had been repeatedly made by the Sumathipala administration, that it had overturned the Rs. 4 million debt that SLC was in and made it a profitable institution. 

 

If you want corruption and fraud at SLC then don’t vote for us. But we have the experience to bring Sri Lanka back to its glory days without indulging in corruption


“Sumathipala is good at manipulating the situation and presenting the wrong picture. Rs. 2 million of that debt was written by the Government as per the agreement SLC signed with them, and the most profitable tour during their tenure was one that we negotiated and agreed to,” Ranatunga claimed.   


Ranatunga is contesting the post of Secretary, while Hirantha Perera has been nominated for the Assistant Secretary’s post. 


Eastman Narangoda has been nominated for Treasurer while Sanjaya Sedara has been put forward as Assistant Secretary. 

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