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2017-12-06

Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara says Sri Lanka Cricket will be dissolved if it is unable to control influences by cricket clubs.

The Minister speaking during the weekly Cabinet media breifing this morning said the number of votes allocated for clubs at an SLC election will be reduced from 145 odd votes to 75.

Minister Jayasekera said officials are afraid of losing the votes of clubs and highlighted this as the main reason for the SLC’s failure.

The Minister added stern action will be taken in order to minimize the influence clubs have on the cricket board.

The Sports Minister on a separate note added fielding all players is not the solution to losing matches.

Minister Jayasekera said the number of injuries at present has reduced claiming a fitness test was conducted last week following which the squad was picked for the India One Day series.

The Minister added players who did not pass the fitness test were not included in the squad no matter how good a player they are.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera made an earnest request from the public to remain patient as he attempts to salvage cricket in Sri Lanka stating that SLC operated for the past 8 years according to the whims and fancies of various individuals.

Commenting on the controversial incident of nine players leaving for India without his approval, the Minister said any sporting authority including SLC must obtain the approval of the Sports Minister 21 days prior when leaving overseas whether it be school teams or national teams.

However Minister Jayasekera added once associations hand over the teams, only, can players apply for visa.

The Sports Minister said certain associations deem themselves above the rest and first obtain the visas prior to approval.

Minister Jayasekera said he will not allow organisations to violate the law that is in place.

The Minister therefore claimed he summoned the nine players from the BIA, adding he requested SLC Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala to submit a report on who should be held responsible for the incident.