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SLC supports restructuring

Calcutta/Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has finally decided to back the controversial revamp plans of the International Cricket Council (ICC), proposed by India, England and Australia, saying that it’s satisfied with the revised resolutions tabled at the Board meeting of the world body earlier this month.

According to SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, supporting the Big Three would benefit Sri Lankan cricket. One wouldn’t be surprised if that factor played a big part in melting SLC’s resistance to the proposed revamp plans.

SLC had refrained from voting on the revised proposals at the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, saying it needed more time to discuss them.

Ranatunga said on Tuesday that the SLC would earn a revenue of around “$47-48 million” through series with the three countries over the next seven years.

“When you calculate, series with these three countries will bring us a revenue of $47-48m. People who talk about principles will not give us the money… We have to make our money from these tours so that our cricket doesn’t suffer,” Ranatunga was quoted as saying by a cricket-specific website.

India is due to tour Sri Lanka in 2017 and Ranatunga was hopeful that the FTP drawn up till 2018 would not be affected.

“SLC is confident that they can go ahead with the tours they have planned so far. We are in the process of negotiating for more tours with other countries,” he said.

SLC arrived at the decision of supporting the restructuring at its executive committee meeting held on Monday.