Jayantha new Cricket Board President

Jayantha Dharmadasa was nominated as the next President of Sri Lanka Cricket at the Executive Committee meeting held today.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board said that the nomination was made as all three previous nominees were deemed ineligible.

Dharmadasa has given his consent to be the President in a letter to the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.

The Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage had previously given his approval for Jayantha Dharmadasa to contest the post of President of Sri Lanka Cricket.

All three nominees for the post of President of Sri Lanka Cricket had earlier 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. (Colombo Gazette)