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Cricket collapsed due to persons like Ranatunga - Jayasekara

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The interim committees, once headed by Arjuna Ranatunga, are to be blamed for the sorry plight of cricket in Sri Lanka today, sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara has told BBC Sandeshaya.

He was responding to a remark by Ranatunga that an interim committee should be appointed to prevent a collapse of the game.

Jayasekara said it was not the fault of the present administration, but the responsibility of all the interim committees, including Ranatunga, for the present situation.

Minister Jayasekara firmly rejected the appointment of an interim committee again.

If he feels so, Ranatunga could appoint an interim committee for the port, a subject which comes under him, he said.

He went onto say the duly-appointed present cricket board should be allowed to implement a development programme for the game in the next five years.

Jayasekara refused to accept that cricket in Sri Lanka has collapsed, going solely by the team’s performance at the T-20 world cup.

He said he was not aware of a ban on cricket board president Thilanga Sumathipala from attending ICC meetings, as claimed by Ranatunga.

The sports minister said Sumathipala has been given a certain time to sort out the matter.

Certain ‘captains’ do not like to see Sri Lanka bringing yet another world cup home, he added.

Last modified on Monday, 18 April 2016 08:00