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Harin hopeful ICC’s suspension on SLC will be lifted

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC’s) suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be lifted before February 15, Sports Minister Harin Fernando said.

The Minister expressed his confidence that the ICC suspension will be lifted following a fruitful discussion with the ICC CEO Geoff Allardice, who also met President Ranil Wickremesinghe during his visit to Sri Lanka.  

The Minister made these observations during a media briefing held at the Tourism Ministry in Colombo.  

Minister Fernando said that the ICC delegation was quite satisfied with the recent negotiations in Colombo and had granted the greenlight to lift Sri Lanka’s suspension before their departure.

Minister Fernando said that the ICC delegation was aware of Sri Lanka’s Sports Constitution and had requested an amendment to the regulations to suit the ICC code of ethics.    

Minister Fernando said that President Wickremesinghe had also granted his consent to amend the current Sports Constitution.  

The Minister noted that under the new amendment, the powers vested on his portfolio will also be changed.    

Minister Fernando said that SLC’s suspension by the ICC was a huge blow to the tourism industry as the ICC Annual General Meeting was scheduled to be held in Colombo.

Minister Fernando further said that SLC’s administrative and coaching structure needs to be revamped to meet the current high demand while focusing more on player welfare.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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Non-academic university staff to launch 2-day token strike

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The non-academic staff members of state universities have decided to go on a two-day token strike over several demands including a salary hike.

Accordingly, the strike will be held tomorrow (Feb.28) and the day after (Feb.29), University Trade Union Joint Committee’s Dhammika Priyantha said.

The committee had also warned to resort to a continuous TU action if authorities fail to address their issues within a week.

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Uddika Premarathne resigns as MP

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Anuradhapura District’s SLPP MP Uddika Premarathne has handed over his letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has confirmed.

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