Sports Minister assures SLC he will not dictate terms to staff

Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapa today assured staff of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board that he will not dictate terms to them or look to make any changes.

Kamal Pathmasiri, Secretary to the Ministry of Sports, who was appointed as the Competent Authority to run the affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket by the Minister of Sports assumed duties at the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters this morning.

He was accompanied by the Minister of Sports, who introduced the Competent Authority to Sri Lanka Cricket and its employees.

Later addressing the employees, Minister Musthapa assured his fullest support for the SLC to continue with its current work program.

“All what I am telling you is to continue the good work, you’re doing. We are not here to make changes or dictate terms to you’ll. We are here because, due to a court order, the elected body could not be elected today. So we as a country, government and citizens are here to protect Sri Lanka Cricket. My secretary will run the SLC operations, but I will be supervising overall, to see that everything runs smoothly. Because I am responsible to the parliament and the citizens of Sri Lanka,’’ said Musthapa said.

Speaking at the occasion, the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket Ashley De Silva assured his and the team’s fullest support to the Competent Authority.

“We had an elected committee and the term of that committee expired from yesterday. So the Honorable Minister has appointed a Competent Authority to look into the affairs of SLC. As employees of the SLC, we will extend our fullest cooperation to the new authority to run the organization,’’ said De Silva.

The Minister also met the heads of departments at SLC separately to get an overview of the SLC structure and discuss the upcoming programs. (Colombo Gazette)