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The five-member committee featuring the likes of Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara has made its recommendations on a revamp of domestic cricket to the Sports Ministry.

However according to ESPNCricinfo, the Sports Minister has not set any changes in motion so far.

The committee handed over its report to the Sports Ministry in mid-December, and has not heard from the Ministry since.

According to Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, he must first “chat with the cricket board” before any changes are imposed.

The Ministry has also instructed committee members to withhold their recommendations from the public, for now.

It is understood, however, that the committee’s plan for domestic cricket features a provincial cricket system that aims to organically develop talent outside the main centres.

Presently, it is Sri Lanka’s big-city schools that supply the national team with the majority of its players.

The Sports Minister appointed the committee – headed by former SLC-president Hemaka Amarasuriya – in October, to much media fanfare.

Its inaction since the report has been handed over, however, raises concerns over whether anything will result from the exercise.

Meanwhile, Amarasuriya’s committee is working on a second report – this one focusing on the overhaul of SLC’s governance system.

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