Let me save cricket from this mafia – Aluthgamage

Upali Dharmadasa appointed Interim Committee Chairman


By Revata S. Silva

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage requested all media to help him save cricket from a mafia and hold democratic elections to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) next year when he introduced the new four-member SLC Interim Committee at the Sports Ministry auditorium in Colombo yesterday (July 1).

"Let me save the game from this mafia. I don’t have any personal agenda. Let me appoint a correct person democratically to head the cricket board next year," Aluthgamage said after he introduced Upali Dharmadasa as the new head of the SLA interim administration, who, according to the sports minister, will control the game till the "first half of next year." The other members of the new interim committee appointed yesterday are Prakash Shaffter (Secretary), Nimal Perera (Treasurer) and Sidath Wettimuny.

"The previous interim committee (under D. S. de Silva) stayed on for more time after the previous World Cup because of my request. They wanted to resign soon after the World Cup. There were shortcomings as well as successes in that committee. I appointed the present committee only for six months, so as to take time till we can pave the way for someone, who is respectable, does not depend on the sport and really loves the sport to take over cricket administration," Aluthgamage added.

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