Sri Lanka President sacks the Sports Minister

Political Interference in Sri Lanka Cricket

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Political Interference in Sri Lanka Cricket

Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has been sacked from his ministerial portfolios by President Ranil Wickremesinghe with immediate effect.

The official letter signed by the President stating his removal from the portfolios of Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs and Minister of Irrigation, was handed over to Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe this afternoon when he arrived at the Presidential Secretariat to attend the Cabinet meeting.

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On November 6th, Roshan Ranasinghe suspended the entire Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board following outrage over Sri Lanka’s 302-run defeat against India in the Cricket World Cup. The Court of Appeal on November 7th issued an interim order suspending the operation of the Gazette appointing in respect of the Cricket Governing Body’s Interim Committee.

Sri Lanka Cricket was suspended by the ICC following the political slugfest. After hearing representation from SLC, the ICC Board decided that Sri Lanka can continue to compete internationally both in bilateral Cricket and ICC events.

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However, funding to SLC will be controlled by the ICC, and the ICC confirmed Sri Lanka will no longer host the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024, which has been confirmed to be held in South Africa.

Accordingly, Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s new Sports Minister.