The ICC has said that it will withhold its next financial distribution due to Sri Lanka Cricket pending an investigation into possible government interference in Sri Lanka cricket. SLC’s board had been dissolved by the government last month and, on March 31, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Navin Dissanayake appointed a nine-member interim committee, headed by Sidath Wettimuny, to run Sri Lanka cricket.
The ICC board met on Thursday to discuss whether the appointment was a breach of the ICC’s constitution, “which requires free and fair elections for office-bearers within Member boards”.The board supported an ICC governance review committee recommendation that it write to the sports ministry, “seeking a full and proper explanation of its intervention that prima facie puts SLC in breach of the ICC’s constitution.”Until the issue is resolved, the board also decided that the ICC would withhold the next financial distribution due to the SLC and instead hold it in an escrow account.
The board gave Nuski Mohamed, a nominee of the interim committee, the opportunity to provide information about the status of the committee, and invited him to attend the board meeting as an observer. Mohamed didn’t attend the meeting, which therefore had no Sri Lankan representation. Mohamed had also been treasurer of the two previous SLC boards.