Sri Lanka Cricket and Sports Ministry on verge of face-off amidst 'suspension' controversy

Just a couple of days back, the Cricket's Governing Body came up with new terms on the suspension of the Sri Lanka Cricket board and to direct their funds.

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Sri Lanka Cricket and Sports Ministry come head-to-head (File Photo: Twitter)

Sri Lanka Cricket and Sports Ministry come head-to-head (File Photo: Twitter)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is currently in the headlines of both social and mainstream media as the board has come in a face-off with the country’s Sports Ministry. Meanwhile, the board is still running smoothly and functioning as required amidst the suspension from the Cricket’s Governing Boady, alongside the Sports Minister’s threats of appointing former World Cup-winning skipper Arjun Ranatunga as the interim chief of the cricket board.

However, the Cricket Board of the country is continuing its working process without any intervention from the courts of the country. Apart from this, the president of the country Ranil Wickremesinghe has lowered his tough stance towards the Sri Lanka Cricket.

"Jay Shah doesn't run Sri Lankan cricket." - Sri Lanka President about Arjun Ranatunga's controversial statement 

He also addressed the same in the parliament a few days ago and mentioned the letters sent to the cricket’s governing body by the chief of SLC Shammi Silva on November 6, 7 and 9, respectively. Apart from this, Wickremesinghe also spoke about the controversial statement of former Sri Lanka skipper Arjun Ranatunga for the Indian Cricket Board secretary Jay Shah as the former made allegations of running Sri Lanka Cricket.

 "No Jay Shah doesn't run Sri Lankan cricket. They think that Jay Shah is supporting the cricket board. But I spoke to Jay Shah and felt sorry that his name had been dragged in and apologised," said Wickremesinghe to the First Post.

Amidst all this, Sri Lanka Cricket has also gone against the sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe who earlier made the claims of the mismanagement in allocation of funds by the board.

“Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wishes to state that the Ministry of Sports has misled the public and Sri Lanka Cricket by providing confusing details as to how it spent the Rs. 289 million grant provided by SLC to the National Sports Fund. A comparison between a document obtained by Sri Lanka Cricket from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and the media release issued by the Ministry informing how the funds were spent shows glaring differences,” reads the statement of Sri Lanka in an official media release.

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