Amidst increasing controversy inside the Sri Lanka Cricket board, Roshan Ranasinghe, the minister of sports, was fired by President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka on Monday.
The aim of Ranasinghe was to remove the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) and replace it with a temporary committee headed by Arjun Ranatunga.
However, in addition to losing his position as minister of sports, Ranasinghe also lost his positions as minister of irrigation and youth affairs.
This happened after he had made charges against the president in parliament earlier on Monday. Furthermore, Ranasinghe has accused SLC of corruption and poor administration on a regular basis. The temporary committee he had appointed—which comprised the sons of two politicians who had no previous experience managing a cricket team—was dismissed by the Sri Lankan courts one day later. The group was commanded by Arjuna Ranatunga.
Is this my prize for bringing corruption in cricket to light? Speaking about the formation of a temporary committee to supervise the management of Sri Lankan cricket, Ranasinghe said, “I took action based on audit reports.”
SLC had begged the “upper echelons” of the Sri Lankan government to guarantee that politics would not be permitted to reappear in the management of the nation’s cricket team.
It is thought that SLC asked for an ICC suspension to put pressure on the sports minister, who had dismissed the cricket board in a temporary capacity.
Due to SLC’s suspension, Sri Lanka was also deprived of the opportunity to host the Under-19 men’s World Cup, which was initially scheduled for January and February of 2024.