Sri Lanka Cricket presidential runners hit by doubt over suitability

Sri Lanka Cricket has raised objections over the suitability of a few candidates for the president’s post of SLC © Getty Images

Colombo: Mar 8, 2013

All the candidates for the post of President in the upcoming Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) elections have faced objections over their suitability to contest the March 30 polls.

Director of Sports, Ranjani Jayakodi said she had referred back to SLC management the nomination papers of the incumbent Upali Dharmadasa and the third candidate Sumith Perera.

“Objections have been raised on the nominations of Mr Dharmadasa and Mr Perera that they do not fall in line with section 11(5) of the SLC constitution and that they have not played first-class cricket and in the absence of that, they have not obtained the sports minister’s consent to contest,” Jayakodi said.

The SLC’s executive committee would be the final authority on the suitability of candidates, she added.

Earlier, the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had appointed a three-member committee to look at the suitability of the front-runner Thilanga Sumathipala to contest.

This was in the face of accusations that Sumathipala’s business empire’s dealings were not falling in line with the ICC regulations on national governing body office-bearers.