Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has made a fervent appeal to the cricket administration, requesting their resignation from their positions before making it a difficult decision.
Minister Ranasinghe asserts that the responsibility for the humiliating defeat suffered by the Sri Lankan cricket team lies not with the players, but with the selection committee, which has been making selections for the past four years, and the executive committee involved in informal cricket administration.
Furthermore, the minister highlights that the International Cricket Council provides financial support to Sri Lanka for the game’s development, primarily based on the players’ skills. However, he expresses concerns that the Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee has repeatedly misused these funds, failing to provide the basic facilities essential for the players.
Minister Ranasinghe draws attention to the difficulties faced by the players, who lack access to world-standard advanced technical methods and basic training facilities such as an indoor stadium or a swimming pool for rainy days.
The minister also revisits allegations of financial irregularities that were initially raised against the Cricket Institute in 2018, asserting that these claims are still valid today.