Sri Lanka Cricket invites judges to form independent committee

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday invited retired Supreme Court judges, who were part of the seven-member interim committee formed by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, to form an independent committee.

“Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is committed to upholding the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in the administration of cricket in Sri Lanka,” SLC said in a statement on Wednesday.

“In line with this commitment, SLC has taken a proactive step to invite esteemed individuals appointed by the Sports Minister through a recent gazette advertisement to form an independent committee.”

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The committee will consist of retired Supreme Court judges — SI Imam and Rohini Marasinghe and retired High Court judge Irangani Perera.

The mandate of this committee will be to investigate and recommend appropriate action in relation to the references contained in the Audit Report dated September 11, 2023, issued by the Auditor.

“Make recommendations and formulate strategic actions to ensure that corruption, malpractices, irregularities, misconduct and failures referred to in the aforementioned Audit Report are prevented,” he said.

After the national team’s resounding defeat against host India in the ongoing World Cup, the government dismissed the SLC board and appointed a seven-member interim committee headed by former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

However, the Court of Appeal on Tuesday reformed the SLC board.

“SLC believes that this initiative demonstrates SLC’s determination to address any deficiencies or irregularities within its operations and take necessary steps to improve transparency and integrity,” the board said in its statement.

“As named by the Hon. As a Minister through its Journal, the participation of prominent members who have served in the judiciary further emphasizes the commitment to a fair and impartial process while protecting the independence of the institution at the same time.

“We are confident that the committee will play a vital role in ensuring that the sport of cricket in Sri Lanka is conducted with integrity, fairness and adherence to best practices and that misunderstandings among the general public are clarified.” read the statement.

“We look forward to the insights and recommendations this committee will provide and are fully committed to taking appropriate action based on their findings.”

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