Thilanga elected new cricket board President

ThilangaDeputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala was today elected as the new President of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

The election was held at the Sports Ministry and local cricket clubs and associations voted to elect the new President.

Speaking to reporters after the election, Sumathipala said that the election was free and fair.

He insisted that there was no political influence from President Maithripala Sirisena or anyone else in the election.

Sumathipala said that he and his new board members will work towards the development of the sport in Sri Lanka.

He said that priority will be to ensure the national cricket team improves and becomes the number one team in the world.

“We have drawn up our plans. We will give the leadership to transform Sri Lanka cricket,” he said.

Sumathipala said that there are several shortcomings in the national team, including the lack of a national coach, which needs to be addressed immediately.

He said that measures will also be taken to amend the constitution governing the cricket board in line with the proposed amendment to the local sports laws.

Sumathipala beat Nishantha Ranatunga to the post. Ranatunga, the former Secretary of the board, obtained 56 votes while Sumathipala got 88 votes.

Jayantha Dharmadasa and K. Mathivanan were elected as Vice Presidentd of the cricket board.

Mohan de Silva was meanwhile elected as the new Secretary of the cricket board while Shammi Silva was elected as the treasurer. (Colombo Gazette)

16 COMMENTS

  1. Different faces with the same objective. Sri Lanka cricket has, from the day money came into focus, experienced its moral deterioration even encouraged by those who know what sport is all about. That is , spirit of sportsmanship, an essential discipline for the grooming of youth and been sportsman on the field and gentlemen off the field. Scandal after scandal with not one been prosecuted and sent to jail. Just like the process of the many other scandals. The outcome will be the same.

  2. It is certainly great news to hear that both Sanga and Mahela will take part in future development of cricket. As a Srilankan, cricket is one of the achievements we all can proudly brag about around the world. Using baseball analogy , I can tell you that Sri Lanka is the Dominican Republic of cricket. We produce great talent, wonderful stroke players and invent new techniques for the betterment of the game. However, this newly elected team is headed by a known gambler and I hope Sanga and Mahela will continue to stay untainted and maintain their unblemished reputations. I hope Sanga and Mahela wouldn’t wake up with fleas.

  3. Almost all cricket lovers in Sri Lanka were well aware
    that the two Ranatunga brothers were suffering from
    from Sangakkara/Mahela Disorder Syndrome. With
    such a disease it is very difficult to win cricket
    elections

  4. time to change ,good decision by the voters,nishantha ranathunga should have gone long a ago,democracy is the key to success,lern through the mistakes thilanga,u are a good leader,shaw ur credibility,good luck to new board,glad sanga &mahela is around you,

      • Tommy It take one to know one! read on my four legged friend. The case against Thilanga Sumathipala and the dreaded underworld killer Dhammika Amarasinghe took a chilling turn on Friday, January 9, when Dhammika was shot dead while being produced for a non-summary inquiry at Court No. 6 in Hulftsdorp.

    • we have not heard any reports of drug dealing though bookie owns by the brother of the newly elected.So it looks like sour grapes for this person who commented.No complains were presented before the election .therefore shut your gap and enjoy the democracy.we had a election after ages.SC has given everyone a chance .Hon deputy speaker came on top beating the longtime sec to the cricket board.

      • The case against Thilanga Sumathipala and the dreaded underworld killer Dhammika Amarasinghe took a chilling turn on Friday, January 9, when Dhammika was shot dead while being produced for a non-summary inquiry at Court No. 6 in Hulftsdorp( would think this was in Mexico). Chandra democracy let people voice their opinion may be you heard of it I guess not. Correct me I may be wrong didn’t Sumathipala sat in the same side with non democratic Percy Mahendra.

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