However, under Sri Lanka’s own Sports Act, the government has the power to dissolve the governing body of any sport, a power it has used several times in SLC in the last 20 years. But during the most recent interim committee’s term, which it chaired for about a year between 2014 and 2015, the ICC refused to disburse payments owed to SLC and kept those funds in escrow until SLC members elected a new board. . SLC was also demoted to observer status at ICC board meetings.
Ranatunga has also separately spoken publicly about what he would change if he were put in charge of cricket in the country.
However, he is the only former international cricketer on the caretaker committee. The other members of the seven-member committee are SI Imam, Rohini Marasinghe and Irangani Perera (all retired judges of the Supreme Court or High Court of Sri Lanka), Upali Dharmadasa, who previously held senior positions in SLC, and Rakitha Rajapakshe. and Hisham Jamaldeen, sons of politicians who belong to the same ruling political coalition as sports minister Ranasinghe. Rajapakshe and Jamaldeen work in law and real estate, respectively.
Soon after Sri Lanka’s loss to India last week, Ranasinghe had sent a letter to the other full-member boards accusing SLC of “mismanagement”, a letter that essentially sought to pave the way for him to appoint his own committee.
The ICC board will meet in two weeks, and Ranatunga hopes to serve as Sri Lanka’s director (the ICC board is made up of directors from all full member countries) at that meeting.