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The Power Struggle in Sri Lankan Cricket

Sri Lanka, a nation known for its passion for cricket, has recently been embroiled in a power struggle that has shaken the very foundations of the sport in the country. This struggle involves allegations of corruption, assassination threats, and an attempted coup within the Sri Lankan cricket administration.

The Trigger

The trigger for this power struggle was the recently concluded Cricket World Cup, where Sri Lanka had a dismal performance. They were knocked out during the group stage, managing only two wins in nine matches. This poor performance was the catalyst that the Sports Minister, Rashan Ranasinghe, had been waiting for.

The Accusations

Reports suggest that tensions had been building for over a year between the Sports Minister and the Sri Lankan Cricket Association. The Minister regularly accused the board of misappropriating funds but never provided any concrete evidence to support his claims.

The Nuclear Option

On November 6th, following Sri Lanka’s exit from the World Cup, the Sports Minister decided to exercise what is being referred to as the ‘nuclear option’. He sacked the entire Cricket Board. This drastic action was made possible by a law in Sri Lanka that allows the Sports Minister to dissolve the governing body of any sport.

The Interim Committee

In place of the sacked board, the Sports Minister appointed an interim committee. This committee included the former World Cup-winning Captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, and several others with no cricket administration experience. These new members were relatives of politicians and people who had previously worked in law and real estate.Sri Lankan Cricket

The Backlash

The sacking of the board and the composition of the new interim committee raised eyebrows and led to a legal challenge. A stay order was issued, putting the board reshuffle on hold. The International Cricket Council (ICC) backed the original board and refused to recognize Sri Lanka’s new politically appointed board. They even suspended Sri Lanka from the ICC and stripped it of the right to host the under 19 World Cup next year.

The Defiance

Despite the backlash, the Sports Minister remained defiant. He insisted that he had the power to remake the cricket association and began a probe into the ousted board.

The Presidential Intervention

While this power struggle was heating up, Sri Lankan President Ranel Vikramasinghe took a neutral approach. In an exclusive interview, he stated that he was waiting for the outcome of the court’s decision and wanted to bring legislation to curb the power of the Sports Minister.

The Sacking

However, the situation took a dramatic turn when the Sports Minister claimed in Parliament that his life was at risk and blamed the President if anything were to happen to him. This led to the immediate sacking of the Sports Minister.

The Aftermath

Following the sacking of the Sports Minister, the courts have postponed their hearing on the interim board. They want to know if the sacked Minister’s orders still stand. The next hearing is scheduled for December 5th.

Conclusion

This power struggle has brought to light the need for reforms in the administration of sports in Sri Lanka. It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold and what impact it will have on the future of cricket in the country.

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