Apr 04, 2021

SLC management committee faces legitimacy issues? Featured

It is said that the recently appointed management committee to Sri Lanka Cricket faces legitimacy issues due to its president and treasurer being unsuitable to hold their posts, reports say.

Prof. Arjuna de Silva and Sujeewa Mudalige were appointed as the chairman and treasurer of this committee, which was announced by a Gazette Extraordinary last week.

As per Subsection 3 (C), section 14 of the Convention against Doping in Sports Act No. 33 of 2013, Prof. Arjuna de Silva is not qualified to serve as the committee chairman.

Also, Mr. Sujeewa Mudalige is unable to hold the post of treasurer as he is a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., which audits Sri Lanka Cricket.

Legal experts point out that prof. de Silva will have to resign from the Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency (SLADA), while Mr. Mudalige will also have to resign from PricewaterhouseCoopers in order to hold the relevant posts.

Meanwhile, Nishantha Ranatunga, President of the Colts Cricket Club, had written to Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa informing him that the SLC Ex-Co's tenure ended on Feb. 20, 2020  and that it was no longer legal for its members to remain in power.

Accordingly, the Minister referred the matter to the Attorney General and clarified the truth.

Despite the AG recommendation, Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa's Gazette Extraordinary had stated in the recent Gazette Extraordinary that the tenure of the Ex-Co tenure ends on April 05, consequentially prolonging their tenure.

Also, in a letter dated March 04, SLC Ex-co chairman - Shammi Silva had taken steps to point out the legitimacy of the Ex-Co.

However, the Ex-Co had submitted the SLC's 2020 Audit Report to the Attorney General only on February 25, 2021.

Allegations are levelled that the Ex-Co should face a complete ban under the Sports Act for its failure to submit audit reports during their term of office.

Therefore, some are of the view that this even rules them out at the upcoming SLC election.

Meanwhile, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that a certain group involved in cricket is seek legal action over these happenings, in the near future.