Jul 05, 2018

Faiszer given lesson on cricket by Arjuna

A special meeting between the former SLC chairmen and Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha was held with the participation of Ana Punchihewa, Sidath Wettimuni, Jayantha Dharmadasa and Arjuna Ranatunge.

Expressing his views after the meeting Arjuna Ranatunge said, “We notified the sports minister on the damage done to cricket, having discussed with several others who were involved with the interim committees. We all came here with hope when in the past our hopes were lost. We notified him on the plight of cricket in the country and we are staying out of it as we do not want to lock horns with unsuitable elements.”

“Sri Lankan cricket has still not hit the bottom of the barrel and we can still deteriorate further if the situation is not addressed. Even if the President, Prime Minister or even the former president tries to contest, it will be impossible to do so with these gamblers. We explained the situation to the minister. While changing the constitution we need to take a decision about cricket very soon as the world cup is just around the corner,” he said.

“As far as I know there have been around 6 interim committees before and we notified him that certain parties were just trying to scare everyone and stay in power. There are three clauses in the sports laws and we pointed out these clauses to him and I am sure he will be able to understand them better than the previous minister who could barely read them. Mustapha is a clever lawyer and he will be able to look into the legal aspects of these clauses and act accordingly and bring in the required persons and change the game of cricket very soon and turn its pathetic plight around,” added Ranatunge.

When the media asked him about the election and if he would contest, he said no, he had no desire to contest. “There is no point in contesting and many have understood this. We will take a decision regarding this matter very soon. Priority should be to change the constitution and it is then that we need to hold an election. Otherwise good people will not come forward only the rotten rogues will contest. Cricket will remain in the doldrums. As a minister I am saddened about the plight of Sri Lanka Cricket and looking forward to changes.”

Expressing his views Sidath Wettimuni said, “The biggest issue is about the constitution. I feel that until the constitution is amended we cannot take the game of cricket forward. We cannot work with 147 votes as there are many discrepancies. Hence, we recommended to initiate changes in the constitution but it is up to the Sports Minister on how it will happen.”