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Ali Sabry calls for comprehensive cricket reforms

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, who also chairs the Cabinet Sub-Committee examining issues within Sri Lanka Cricket, has called for substantial reforms in the nation’s cricketing infrastructure. 

The statement follows recent disappointments in the ICC World Cup 2023 and ICC T20 World Cup, which Minister Sabry views as indicative of deeper, systemic problems.

Minister Sabry emphasized that these challenges cannot be resolved with short-term solutions. 

Instead, he advocates for a “bold, professional approach” to free Sri Lankan cricket from those who have mismanaged it for personal gain. “Cricket is the heartbeat of Sri Lanka,” Sabry noted, highlighting the sport’s historical role in uniting the nation and bringing joy and pride to its people.

Key Points from the Minister’s Statement:

Cricket’s National Importance : 

Sabry stressed that cricket is not merely a sport but a reflection of Sri Lankan national spirit. Success should be measured by on-field victories and the inspiration it brings to the populace, rather than financial metrics.

Need for Reform : 

As chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, Sabry underscored the urgent need for comprehensive reforms. He cited a report presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on January 1, 2024, which outlines a clear path forward for these reforms.

Legislative Changes :

The report recommends new legislation to overhaul the sports law and constitution governing Sri Lanka Cricket, a move seen as critical for the sport’s revival.

Sub-Committee’s Focus Areas:

1. Structural Reforms: Evaluating and proposing changes to the composition and structure of Sri Lanka Cricket.

2. Administration and Coaching: Enhancing the framework for administering, coaching, and ensuring the well-being of players across all levels, including national men’s and women’s teams, as well as under-19 and under-17 teams.

3. Good Governance : Implementing best practices to ensure transparency, professionalism, and accountability, benchmarking against successful systems in other test-playing countries.

4. Grassroots Development**: Revamping the feeder structure, including schools, district, provincial, and club-level cricket, to ensure meritocracy, equality, and equity.

Read the final report of the cabinet sub-committee 

Final report of the Cabinet… by Adaderana Online

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Fresh protest in Jaffna over poaching by Indian fishermen

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Associations representing fishermen in the north today  staged a protest in front of the Indian Consulate in Jaffna demanding to stop the Indian trawler that were trespassing in the Sri Lankan waters.

They also met the Indian Consul General Sai Murali and handed over a letter.

The move came as the  government was planning to  take up the issue of poaching with the visiting Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishnakar  who is due on June 20 in Colombo.

When President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited New Delhi on June 9 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the matter was also raised in a separate meeting with Minister Dr Jaishnakar as well.

Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda earlier told the Sunday Times that the government will take up the matter with the visiting Indian Foreign Minister this week as the government is consistent with its policy of preventing Indian fishermen from robbing billions worth of fisheries resources from the Northern Sea.

“As a nation, we have to protect our resources, interests and the livelihood of our fisherfolks. I hope to raise the issue in the next Cabinet meeting (June 19) as well,” Minister Devananda said.

Days before the annual breeding ban was lifted, a group of fishermen’s unions based in North handed over a petition on Tuesday to officials at the Indian Consulate General office in Jaffna requesting them to make immediate steps to prevent Indian fishermen coming into Sri Lankan waters at the expense of their livelihood.

The fishermen unions which formed a collective outfit as Northen Fishermen’s Allaince requested President Wickremesinghe in a petition urged authorities to “expedite their maximum efforts to monitoring and preventing the daily incursion of thousands of Tamil Nadu trawlers every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings,”

The two-month-long ban came into effect from April 14 onwards and was lifted on Friday is enforced to facilitate the breeding of fish banks in the ocean and maintain the equilibrium of marine sources for sustainability.

Currently, Indian fishermen who engage in fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters are arrested by the Navy and Coast Guard and subjected to legal action after their trawlers are seized.

Following the legal action in which the Magistrate courts hand in a suspended sentence of eighteen months for engaging in fishing without a license, fishermen are released and repatriated through the assistance of Indian diplomatic missions.

(sundaytimes.lk)

(This story, originally published by sundaytimes.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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President tells Minister Wijeyadasa to quit?

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The Senior Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa has claimed that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has pressured Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, to resign from the government.

He alleged that Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe revealed this during a politburo meeting.

However, ‘Ada Derana’ reports that upon contacting Minister Rajapakshe, he said that the statement made by Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa is untrue.  

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 Railways TU action called off

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The Sri Lanka Railways Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU) has decided to call off their planned trade union action as their demands are being reviewed by the Public Service Commission. 

The Commission is expected to announce its decision by Thursday (20). Meanwhile, train operations are continuing as usual today, according to the SLRSMU.

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