All three nominees for cricket chief rejected

All three nominees for the post of President of Sri Lanka Cricket have been rejected by the Sports Ministry.

The rejection was made based on the recommendations of a Sports Ministry Committee.

Accordingly former President Upali Dharmadasa, parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala and Sumith Perera have been unfit to contest for the post.

Earlier the Sri Lanka cricket board elections had been postponed to April in order to give time for the Attorney General’s Department to study a report on the eligibility of some candidates to contest the polls.

The report was compiled by a committee appointed to determine if the candidates can contest for the Presidency of the board.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board elections were scheduled to be held on March 30 with former President Upali Dharmadasa, MP Thilanga Sumathipala and Sumith Perera filing nominations to contest.

However objections were filed against their nominations over allegations they did not qualify to contest.

The report of the committee was handed over to the Minister this week and it has now been sent to the Attorney General’s Department for a determination.

In a statement issued through the cricket board media unit recently, Dharmadasa had said that if Sumathipala is elected as the President of the cricket board at the upcoming board elections he cannot represent Sri Lanka at the ICC.

Dharmadasa said that Alan Isaac, President of the ICC on being informed of Sumathipala’s nomination to contest for the cricket board presidency, had informed the current board that during the years 2003 to 2005 investigations carried out by the ICC Anti Corruption Surveillance Unit and the ICC Ethics Officer found that there was evidence that Sumathipala was in breach of the ICC Code of Ethics primarily through his relationship with the Sporting Star bookmaking business in Sri Lanka.

Sumathipala however denied the allegations and insisted that he has been cleared to contest the polls. (Colombo Gazette)