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Like Pak, Lanka to oppose proposals

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on Wednesday, decided to firmly oppose the revised proposals of the controversial ICC revamp plan, which sought to give a larger control to India, Australia and England.

SLC’s decision comes a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were told by its governing board to strongly oppose the changes proposed by India, Australia and England cricket boards in the governance and distribution of finances in the ICC.

The SLC said that its executive committee discussed the issue in a meeting with all stakeholders, past captains, past presidents and secretaries of the Board and sports ministry representative, and decided to oppose the ICC’s revised working group proposals.

The deliberations were based on the views of the SLC’s legal advisory committee and the financial evaluations. “We discussed the proposals with all SLC stakeholders. We were unanimous in deciding to oppose them,” SLC chief Jayantha Dharmadasa said.

“There are many unnecessary elements in the proposals,” SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. “Most of these proposals are detrimental to the well-being of Sri Lanka Cricket,” Thilanga Sumathipala, remarked.

“I think the decision taken will be in the best interests of the game in Sri Lanka,” former captain Aravinda de Silva said.

SLC executive committee was firmly of the view that all endeavours should be made to safeguard the current rights of the Board as a full member of the ICC.