The Sports Ministry will seek legal assistance to bring in normalcy to the crisis ridden Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) following the Court order restraining the Sports Minister and the Ministry Secretary from taking further steps with regard to SLC until April 12.
`We have asked for the Attorney General?s advice on the matter,` Ministry Secretary Sugath Ranugge said.
Ranugge said that he was aware of the complex situation which prevails now, following the Court order.
`The Sports Ministry is responsible for paving the way for those appointed to run the affairs of the SLC. We will act swiftly on the matter,` he added.
Sports Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga suspended SLC and appointed an Interim Committee headed by businessman Jayantha Dharmadasa late last month, but controversial cricket administrator Thilanga Sumathipala was elected uncontested as cricket chief at its Annual General Meeting three days later. He claimed that the minister has no authority as per the AGM or its election of office bearers.
`The minister can only suspend the registration of SLC. But we are the cricketing community in Sri Lanka. That community elected me as their president,` BBC quoted Sumathipala saying.
Meanwhile, the ministry secretary also said that the national team has been asked to contact the newly appointed Interim Committee for any matter.
`We have informed everyone concerned of the recent developments here, including the International Cricket Council. So they can contact the new committee for any cricket related matters,` Ranugge said.
Meanwhile SLC?s elected Secretary at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) Ravin Wickramarathne in a letter dated April 2 sent to Sri Lanka team Manager Brendon Kuruppu in New Zealand, says that in the interest of national cricket he has advised the team management to contact the Interim Committee appointed by the Sports Minister for any matter arising with regard to the tour.
Wickremaratne further states in his letter that in order to uphold the rule of law, Sri Lanka Cricket decided to institute legal action in the Court of Appeal on March 30 to quash the unjust suspension of the legally elected Executive Committee of SLC by the Sports Minister which put in total jeopardy the conduct of national cricket.