Arjuna questions eligibility of top Sri Lanka Cricket officials

By Saman Indrajith

Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday urged the Sports Minister to table in Parliament the details of all appointments made in cricket administration since the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) election last January.

Minister Ranatunge said so participating in the Committee Stage debate of the Budget 2017 when the Finance Head of the Sports Ministry was taken up yesterday.

Ranatunga said there had been irregularities in many of those appointments. He requested the subject Minister to inform Parliament on the new appointments to cricket administration, their salaries and allowances.

"Anura Weerasinghe has been appointed a Consultant to the National Development Committee for a salary of Rs. 100,000. There were allegations against him when he was working at a bank. Chrishantha de Silva has been appointed Human Resources Division Coordinator for a salary of Rs. 150,000. The Subject Minister said people over 70 years could not be recruited and he may have to check the age of this person. Indrani Ariyaratne has been appointed a Consultant to Women’s Cricket Development for a salary of Rs 200,000. I do not know what her expertise is to hold that position. Rai Reymond has been appointed a media consultant. She is the one who provided legal advice to file charges against me during the previous SLC election. Likewise, I have a list and will pass it to the subject minister to investigate," he said.

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