“The appointment of an interim committee may be a breach of the ICC’s constitution which requires free and fair elections for office-bearers within member boards.” the ICC said in an earlier statement.
The board also has asked for a full and proper explanation from Sports Minister who appointed the interim committee.
“Whilst an Interim Committee has been appointed to run the affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket, up to now the Minister has not given a justifiable reason for doing so,” a statement issued by the member clubs and association of SLC said.
“Due to this reason even the International Cricket Council has commenced an enquiry to assess the current situation and temporarily withheld large sums of money that are due to Sri Lanka Cricket.”The statement said the stake holders were concerned of the risk that such action could put Sri Lanka Cricket in breach of Article 2.9(B) of ICC’s Articles of Association where amendments were introduced in 2012, which states as follows;
“Where a government interferes in the administration of cricket by a Member, including but not limited to interference in operational matters, the selection and management of teams, the appointment of coaches or support personnel, the Executive Board shall have the power to suspend or refuse to recognize that Member…”
The representatives from 68 Member Clubs and Association out of 85 discussed in detail the current situation at a special meeting held at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) and unanimously decided to notify the minister of Sports, Prime Minister and the President.
The statement also said that it was the unanimous agreement of all present that all actions should be taken towards the larger interest of the game of cricket and as such to update the International Cricket Council to safeguard the rights and privileges of the Membership of Sri Lanka Cricket.
“It was also unanimously decided to make an appeal to the Hon. Minister of Sports and Tourism and entrusted the outgoing Office Bearers to seek an early appointment to discuss this issue in order to minimize the damage that could cause to Sri Lanka Cricket and the restoration of the democratic rights of the Membership,”
‘As there had been certain media reports alleging corruption at the SLC, the members also decided unanimously to request the Minister to take appropriate action against any individual who is found guilty of any wrong doings.”