The Telegraph
Sunday, December 17, 2017
 

Minister talks tough

First published on 07-Dec-2017

Colombo: Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he would go to the extent of dissolving the present Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) administration to resurrect the national team's fortunes. Sri Lanka are going through a difficult transition phase and the current administration has been blamed for the team's poor run in international cricket.

Referring to the poor show by Sri Lankan team, Jayasekera said: "Give me a little time to resurrect things. I will not hesitate even to dissolve the cricket board if need be."

Jayasekera said through SLC constitutional reforms that he would take action to reduce the number of votes at the SLC election.

"I want to see it reduced to 75 from the present 140," said Jayasekera, who had stopped nine players from Sri Lanka's ODI squad from travelling to India because he was unhappy with the team choice.

It has been alleged that the present voting system has promoted vote buying at SLC elections by the island's top businessmen who want to enjoy the plum of heading the nation's most prestigious governing body. "I can't politically interfere and appoint interim committees," Jayasekera said. PTI


 More stories in Sports

  • Trump has pitted people against each other: Mike
  • Momentum regained, India seek yet another series win
  • Steffi and Serena our inspiration, says Sania Mirza
  • Shikhar: Learning from our mistakes
  • EB ride Plaza brace toClinch tie vs Churchill
  • Smith & Mitch run riot at Waca
  • Thisara's promise
  • Dwayne may not play for WI again
  • Victories for EB & Bagan
  • Mortaza & test return
  • Mourinho may sell Shaw and Henrikh
  • A battle between Bengal bowling & Delhi batting
  • Sindhu storms into final
  • Raheem nets a brace as City trounce Spurs
  • Real's 2nd world title on the trot
  • Karnataka face the Umesh Yadav test
  • ATK seek elusive victory
  •