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Minister talks tough

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

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