Ramanayake cries foul over cricket election | Sunday Observer

Ramanayake cries foul over cricket election

Ranjan Ramanayake grimaces at a Press conference questioning the upcoming cricket election  Pic:Saliya Rupasinghe
Ranjan Ramanayake grimaces at a Press conference questioning the upcoming cricket election Pic:Saliya Rupasinghe

Deputy Minister and crusader against corruption Ranjan Ramanayake told the media on Friday that he was in the process of filing a case against Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala who is down to contest an election of office-bearers on May 31.

“Sumathipala cannot contest the cricket board election. The election is illegal. We hope to launch a protest with regard to this,” claimed Ramanayake.

He said the reason why Sumathipala cannot contest the election is that he is connected to a sports goods business as well as having links to the betting industry which disqualifies him in keeping with the regulations.

Sumathipala for his part has denied the claims saying the two aspects attributed to him belonged to his family members.

“In every country their respective cricket boards are administered by gentlemen but not in Sri Lanka where corrupted people stick with SLC for their own personnel benefits”, Ramanayake charged. “The people elected me to fight against such issues of corruption”.

Sumathipala is seeking a second two-year term and is tipped to win the election against Nishantha Ranatunga. 

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