Arjuna to decide next week on contesting

Sri Lanka’s world cup winning former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga says he will decide by next week if he will contest for President of the cricket board or not.

Speaking to Colombo Gazette, Ranatunga said that he has been approached by former cricketers and some cricket clubs asking him to run for President of the board.

However Ranatunga says he has no faith in the entire current cricket setup and fears political interference if he does decide to contest.

“In the past there have been so many instances where politics has got involved with cricket. Since I’m in the opposition it might get worse if I contest and am elected. So there is a lot to think about before I decide,” Ranathunga said.
Elections to appoint new office bearers to the Cricket Board will be held next month, Sri Lanka Cricket announced today.

Sri Lanka Cricket said that the Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place on the 30th of March.

The notice carrying the information was sent to the members this afternoon, the Cricket board said in a statement.

“This is in line with the Gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Sports related to the new regulations of the Sports Law,” the Cricket board said.

The final date for nominations will be the 28th of February.

Ranatunga said he fears for the future of Sri Lanka Cricket but assured that he and other cricket lovers in the country will not let it die.

Upali Dharmadasa was elected unopposed as president of Sri Lanka Cricket last year, along with the rest of his team, in the board’s first election in seven years.

The election, overseen by the sports ministry, was however marked by the late withdrawal of all opposition candidates.

Mohan de Silva, one of the candidates for vice-president, told ESPNcricinfo at the time that the entire opposition had decided not to contest the elections as a “symbolic gesture of protest” against what they saw as political interference in the election process. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam