Arjuna Ranatunga swears to fight corruption at Sri Lankan ports

World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who was recently sworn in as the Minister of Ports and Shipping industry began his Ministerial duties on Friday by vowing to clean up Sri Lankan ports.

Referring to the unpleasant reputation as a breeding ground of corruption brought by the culture of backhanders, Ranatunja told the media, “I have a big responsibility to clean up this place.”

“My priority is to fight corruption and also to make sure that corrupt politicians are not accommodated on our side,” he added.

The 51-year-old former cricketer played 93 Tests and 269 One-Day Internationals for the national team. Ranatunga went on to join the administration of cricket in Sri Lanka post his retirement. He then associated himself with the People’s Alliance and was elected to the Sri Lankan parliament. He briefly worked as a Deputy Minister for Tourism and soon became the President of Sri Lanka Cricket until December 2008. Later, he joined the Democratic National Alliance in 2010.