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Sri Lanka Cricket administration dissolved

Sri Lanka Cricket administration dissolved

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage will appoint an interim committee to run the sport.

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s sports minister dissolved the country’s cricket administration Friday amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage will appoint an interim committee to run the sport, department spokesman Harsha Abeykoon told The Associated Press. Aluthgamage has not announced plans for elections for a new board.

Abeykoon said the minister will announce the new administration later on Friday.

Sri Lanka Cricket has been run by successive interim committees — comprised of people favored by politicians of the day — for the past seven years.

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The sacked administration, headed by former national test bowler Somachandra de Silva, has been accused of waste and corruption.

Sri Lanka Cricket, once the nation’s richest sports body, has debts of more than USD 15 million after co-hosting the World Cup earlier this year with India and Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka Cricket said the construction costs for a new cricket ground near the southern town of Hambantota and upgrades to two existing venues for the World Cup blew out by USD 11 million to USD 40 million, creating much of the financial strain. It sought a USD 1.8 million grant from the government to help ease the burden.

Sri Lankan governments have sacked previous elected boards and appointed administrations citing corruption, but no legal action has been taken.

Sri Lanka, which hosted 12 World Cup matches, reached the final of the tournament on April 2, losing to India in Mumbai.

first published:July 01, 2011, 11:29 IST