Saroj Pathirana, for the BBC Sinhala Service, 21 August 2011
‘Injustice’: He said the continuous appointment of the ICs by consecutive governments is an injustice to the game of cricket. The IC chief described the recent controversy over a group of junior coaches refusing to provide voluntary assistance to organise the current Sri Lanka Vs Australia series as a ‘clear indication of the greedy culture created as a result of cricket management by ICs’.
Mr Dharmadasa said he took over the chairmanship of the new interim committee, on the request of the minister, to sort out alleged malpractices including financial irregularities during the recently concluded cricket World Cup and to pave the way for and elected governing body. “I would like to see that the clubs, affiliate clubs and district associations once again working to uplift cricket. That is what we had before,” the chairman who took over the reigns from DS de Silva on 01 July said.
“But many clubs are forgotten now. Our main aim should be to create new players to play for the country.” Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage earlier told BBC Sandeshaya that he would call elections for the SLC in January 2012. Mr Dharmadasa said it is too early to declare whether he would contest elections to be the next elected president of the SLC. “There are four, five months until January. We will see when it comes.”