Thilanga Sumathipala is no stranger to the game or the management of cricket in this country © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Thilanga Sumathipala is no stranger to the game or the management of cricket in this country © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Dubai: Thilanga Sumathipala, who was recently elected as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has also taken over the top position in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting held in Dubai. A name associated with cricket for over two decades, Sumathipala is no stranger to the game or the management of cricket in this country. He has also served as the President of the ACC during the year 1997-1998. Commenting on his appointment Sumathipala said, “Being world champions in the cricketing arena, Sri Lanka is geared to spearhead the development of cricket in the Asian region. It is a great honour for my country and myself, to assume duties as the President of ACC.” Thilanga Sumathipala elected Sri Lanka Cricket President

Earlier, the Ranatunga brothers, Arjuna and Nishantha, suffered humiliating defeats as Thilanga Sumathipala was elected President of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Sunday. Sumathipala, the current deputy speaker of parliament got 88 votes as opposed to his main challenger, Nishantha Ranatunga who received 56 votes at the election held at the Sports Ministry today amid high security. Special Task Force soldiers were deployed in the vicinity of the ministry premises. Nishantha’s brother Arjuna Ranatunga, the current Minister of Ports and Shipping and the country’s only World Cup winning captain, was also defeated in his bid to become a vice-President. Sri Lanka Cricket constitution requires reform: SLC outgoing interim committee chairman

As part of a restructuring process, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will relocate its headquarters from Malaysia to Singapore, a senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said. The final approval for restructuring the ACC will be given at the meetings of the ICC starting this weekend in Dubai. “As part of the restructuring process the ACC headquarters will be moved to Singapore for some taxation laws reasons,” he said. Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to relocate headquarters from Malaysia to Singapore