President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced today (14) that the responsibility of negotiating with the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the cricket ban has been delegated to the cabinet sub-committee appointed by the cabinet.
Responding to a journalist’s inquiry about the allocation of 1.4 billion for cricket development in the current budget, the President expressed the intent to rebuild cricket in the country as the economy recovers.
He emphasized that discussions with the ICC have been assigned to the Cabinet Sub-Committee, aiming to regain lost matches. The President outlined plans to allocate funds for cricket development until 2030, particularly focusing on enhancing skills in provinces outside the Western Province.
He drew parallels with the successful World Cup campaign in 1996, attributing it to the efforts of Mr. Gamini Dissanayake and highlighting the potential for both economic and cricket recovery in the country.