Sri Lankans woke up to a Saturday morning shock and many had a sleepless night after learning that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned their team.
Groping for answers they found one come their way that for the first time Sri Lanka which could not win the World Cup will go the World Court with a litany of woes that brought the country’s only pride and adored passion to zero levels.
“We informed the ICC officially in writing about the corruption taking place at Sri Lanka Cricket. But they (ICC) took a decision without their Board meeting collectively.
“We will now pursue legal channels and go to the World Court to present our case,” said Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe who has come to realize that cricket in the island is too serious a subject to be left in the hands of a chosen few.
Hours before the ICC imposed the ban on the Sri Lanka team, Parliament exploded in all its thunder for a third day running as Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa lambasted shady cricket officials for a closed-door jingle that triggered the latest scenario.
“Banning Sri Lanka was the result of a plot by cricket officials who met in secret at a five star hotel and called on officials running the ICC to take out Sri Lanka,” said Premadasa. Several protesters seeking justice and fair-play told the Sunday Observer that the ICC’s ban imposed on the Sri Lanka team will not stop them from pursuing their target of a complete eradication of corruption, nepotism and power abuse in cricket.