Professor Arjuna de Silva
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa yesterday appointed a high-profile five-member administrative committee on a temporary basis to carry out day-to-day affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) until the SLC Election are held next month.
Professor Arjuna de Silva, who is also the head of the SLC Medical Panel, will head the newly appointed administrative committee.
The remaining members of the administrative committee are Ashley de Silva (Secretary), Sujeewa Mudalige (Treasurer), Uchitha Wickremesinghe (Attorney-at-Law), and Amal Edirisooriya (Observer) who is also the Director General of the Sports Ministry.
“My committee will start work from April 6. Our target is to see that the game would progress smoothly until the SLC Elections are held,” Professor de Silva told the Daily News yesterday.
“I think cricketers should not worry about the things happening outside the field and should continue to play the game in the best possible way,” he added.
Professor de Silva also said that he is keen to provide some entertainment to local cricket fans by organising a match between the Sri Lanka Legends Team and the present cricketers.
Sports Ministry Secretary Anuradha Wijekoon earlier this week said that the Attorney General (AG) has informed the Minister of Sports to appoint a management committee to handle the administrative affairs of SLC. He said that the AG is in the opinion that the term of SLC administration has ended, and that they cannot continue to legally hold office any further.
The Colts Cricket Club had written to the Sports Minister seeking to appoint an interim committee to run SLC, as the term of the management of the local cricketing authority had ended on February 20.
SLC Election is scheduled to be held on May 20.