A ban ban revoked on Sri Lanka`s rebel cricketers for joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL) may again be re-imposed upon them according to Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge.
Minister Lokuge said he was left in the dark when the ban was lifted and had all the right in the world to overturn the ruling by the interim committee running Sri Lanka Cricket that was installed by him in January this year.
`I don`t want our board to be against the Indian Cricket Board or the ICC (International Cricket Council). I have invited the board members for a meeting (Tuesday or Wednesday) to convince me about their decision (on revoking ban). The decision by the interim committee was not taken with my consent and I am entitled to re-impose the ban`, Minister Lokuge said
The Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee president Arjuna Ranatunga, who is currently in England, refused to answer a telephone call for comment but is likely to attend the meeting called by the Sports Minister after returning to the country on Tuesday, it is learnt.
Meanwhile there is speculation that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently in New York had spoken to Minister Lokuge and ordered him to summon cricket officials for an urgent meeting.
According to a source, either the Indian Cricket Board chief and politician Sharad Pawar or Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi, may have requested President Rajapaksa to call on Minister Lokuge to summon Sri Lankan cricket officials for their explanation on lifting the ban on the five players.
The IPL is a rival tournament to the ICL.
Minister Lokuge also reiterated his concern for an election of officer bearers to Sri Lanka Cricket. `I want to hold the election as the interim committee can`t be run like this. But we also have to find a suitable date`, the Minister said.
Ranatunga s younger brother Sanjeewa is married to the sister of Marvan Atapattu who was one of the five players to have their ban lifted.
The other four players are Russel Arnold, Saman Jayantha, Upul Chandana and Avishka Gunawardena.
Arnold had however retired in 2007, a year before the ICL started.