Former ICC chief Lorgat calls for end to political interference in SL cricket

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 10:20 hrs

Haroon Lorgat, former chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has said in a report that Sri Lanka's sports law must be amended to end political interference in cricket administration to sustain and improve the game in the country

The report was released on Tuesday and suggests changing the law to comply with international standards.

The law currently bars any international team chosen by selectors being announced without the minister's approval.

Logart was hired by Sri Lanka Cricket to suggest improvements and he has identified nine issues affecting the game and given 24 recommendations to address them.

"Numerous comments infer that the minister appoints the entire selection panel," Sports24 quoted Lorgat, as saying in his report.

Successive Sri Lankan governments have been accused of interfering with cricket's administration.

SLC did not have an elected body for seven years and political appointees ran the administration until the authorities were compelled to hold an election earlier this year. The ICC last year made them mandatory for all national cricket boards.

However, a group favoured by the government was elected uncontested after their rivals withdrew, calling the elections flawed. (ANI)

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