Court stays Sri Lanka Cricket elections

Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal has issued an order staying Sri Lanka Cricket Elections scheduled for Thursday (May 31). Former Secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga had filed a petition pointing out several irregularities pertaining to the election.

Ranatunga was to contest for posts of President and Secretary at the AGM. He had lost the previous election in 2016 heavily having contested against Sumathipala for the post of President.

Apart from staying the election, the court issued an order to elaborate the case on June 14. Ranatunga’s lawyers argued that the Election Commission for the AGM had been appointed illegally.

Ranatunga had also filed a petition in the court saying that the incumbent president Sumathipala was ineligible to contest the election. Sumathipala, who first contested for the post of SLC President in 1998 at the age of 34, had been never been defeated in a cricket election.

The elections that were originally scheduled for May 16 were postponed on the advice of the Attorney General’s Department on technical reasons. SLC has come under heavy criticism after a sting operation by Al Jazeera exposed corruption in the sport.

The documentary aired by the Qatar based Television Network exposed a curator attached to the Galle International Stadium willing to doctor the pitch while two former international cricketers were caught giving their consent to be involved in corrupt practice during games.

SLC has also been blamed for sweeping the investigations into a domestic first-class game under the carpet after some prominent members of the Executive Committee were exposed for their part in the scandal.

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