Sports Minister Jeevan Kumaranatunga told `Daily Mirror` that he would not hesitate to dissolve Sri Lanka Cricket and appoint an interim committee if the need arises though he has no immediate idea of dissolving it at the moment. He said that he is compelled to inquire into certain misdeeds at Sri Lanka Cricket, and said his final decision would depend on the outcome of these inquiries.
`I have received the account statements of Sri Lanka Cricket for the past year. For the last year alone they had spent over Rs. 8.5 million to pay the salaries of a cadre of just 36 employees. I see this as a totally unnecessary expense` Minister said.
`If these institutions work for the development of the sport, they should work voluntarily. As the Sports Minister, I cannot look the other way and pretend I do not see it when this kind of thing is happening. So, I am compelled to take some action` Minister claimed.
Minster also said that he would take necessary action on Sri Lanka Cricket`s international envoy and President elect Thilanga Sumathipala`s participation at the ICC Executive Board meeting in New Delhi last week. `We will act on the reports by the ICC on the matter. We are taking steps to obtain the necessary reports of the incident from the ICC within the next few days. I will also call for a report from the official who participated at the meeting on the recommendation of the Sports Ministry` Minister said.
Sports Minister had nominated his brother in law Damien Fernando to represent Sri Lanka Cricket at the meeting while Sumathipala had also attended the same meeting. Sumathipala had represented the country at the start of the meeting while at lunch on the first day`s sessions, the ICC had received a communication from Sri Lanka Cricket that Sumathipala was no longer the Sri Lanka Cricket representative at the meeting.
Damien Fernando had represented the country on the second day`s sessions.
Minister said that he would not challenge Sumathipala`s election as Sri Lanka Cricket`s president for the next year but reiterated that he would not hesitate to act on the findings of the inquiry into Sri Lanka Cricket affairs.