We need a constitution which has more accountability and transparency
Sidath Wettimuny said Sri Lanka Cricket needs a constitution which has more accountability and transparency © Getty Images (representational image)

Former Sri Lanka cricketer and outgoing interim committee chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Sidhath Wettimuny has called for changes in SLC constitution. Wettimuny is currently the chief of the interim committee which comprises of nine members. The committee will be closed by the end of 2015 since board elections will take place on Januray 3, 2016. According to Wettimuny there have been seven committees since 2001-02 and this is testimony to defects within the system. He added that accountability is lacking in SLC constitution. He adviced SLC constitution should be changed by an act passed by the Parliament and membership is not the way to effect reform. Sidath Wettimuny: Sri Lanka cricket are at crossroads

Wettimuny was quoted by ESPNcricinfo saying, “As you can see in the media there is absolute chaos about elections and constitutions. The Attorney General is saying the constitution is flawed. My thinking is until we change the Sri Lanka Cricket constitution nothing will work. To have served in seven interim committees within a span of 14 years shows that there is a flaw in the system. This has been an ongoing process. We need a constitution which has more accountability and transparency. Until that is done and you bring something proper nothing will happen. The only way out for Sri Lanka Cricket is to change the constitution by an act of Parliament, not by membership because you will never get the required two-thirds majority.”

“In December last year, Rs. 250 million was doled out to stakeholders. Does the SLC have any accountability what was being done with this huge volume of money? I am told a vote is going at half a million. I don’t know whether this is true. But how can you run a set-up like this? When we take over and run Sri Lanka Cricket, we run it with no interest in a vote. We have taken impartial decisions without political affiliations. You can look at it from whichever side, what we have done in these last eight months I don’t think anyone has done in the last 15 years. If you analyse that’s the truth. You’ll have to ask yourself will it be done under normal circumstances.” Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan will encourage other teams: SLC chief

“If you ask the players they are happy. We are convinced the people are happy and the workforce is happy,” Wettimuny said about interim committee’s work. “Ladies cricket had a lot of issues but now that is under control. Even Lasith Malinga is working with the ladies cricketers at the moment helping them to try and perform better in the upcoming T20 World Cup.”