New interim committee for SLC under Upali Dharmadasa?


Upali Dharmadasa

by Revata S. Silva

A fresh interim committee will be appointed to administer Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) under Upali Dharmadasa, Sports Ministry sources revealed yesterday, June 30.

It was only last month that the Supreme Court ordered the present SLC interim committee, which was under heavy media criticism, especially due to financial mismanagement, that it should provide reasons for not holding elections or to decide on dates for fresh elections.

Present SLC chairman, D. S. de Silva and his secretary, Nishantha Ranatunga were attending an ICC executive board meeting in Hong Kong, yesterday. It was believed yesterday that the new interim committee would start functioning from today.

The other members of the proposed interim committee are tipped to be Prakash Schaffter, Nimal Perera, Kumar Weerasooriya and Sidat Wettimuny.

Schaffter, a businessman in the insurance trade, is likely to be the secretary of the new interim administration. Son of former All-Ceylon cricketer Chandra Schaffter, he has served as an SLC interim committee member from 2005-07. Another entrepreneur, Nimal Perera, is to be appointed as the treasurer, the source further added.

Kumar Weerasuriya, one of the former treasurers of the BCCSL and a banker, along with renowned former Test batsman Wettimuny will be looking into cricket matters.

Upali, younger brother of former SLC interim committee chairman, Jayantha Dharmadasa, was the head of the SLC interim committee earlier too, when he took over the reins from Ana Punchihewa, after Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996.

It was on June 24 this year that the govt. sources first said they had decided to dissolve the present cricket interim committee, appointed in late 2008. On May 9, SLC, which has been run by various interim administrations for nearly seven years since 2004, was to hold elections after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so by July 6. The particular court order came after a local affiliate named United Southern Sports Club filed a fundamental rights petition on behalf of clubs who have not been able to elect officials to SLC.

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