Sri Lanka dissolves national cricket board

Colombo: Sri Lanka`s sports minister has told the interim committee running cricket in the country that their time is up and he is expected to name a new panel later on Friday.

Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage`s decision comes amid media allegations of corruption at the cricket board. He is set to hold a news conference at 1430 local (0900 GMT).

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been managed by a number of interim committees since their campaign to defend the World Cup in 1999 ended in embarrassment.

An SLC official confirmed the current committee had been dissolved.

"Basically, what they have been told is that their term is finished," Sri Lanka Cricket media manager Brian Thomas said. "This particular interim committee will not be in effect from Monday.

"The new interim committee will be in effect from Monday."

The current panel was appointed in April 2009, mainly to oversee the co-hosting of the World Cup along with India and Bangladesh, Thomas said.

A government official said a fresh committee had to be brought in to bring stability back to the SLC before an election could be held.

"You can`t have a proper election at this moment and if you have one, again corrupted people may come to the top positions," said the official.

"So there will be another interim committee for the next six months before holding a proper election to select the board."

Bureau Report

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