Sports Minister sacks entire Sri Lanka Cricket board amid World Cup debacle, Arjuna Ranatunga-led interim committee formed

Sri Lankan sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe has suspended the national cricket board, following the team’s poor show in the ongoing Cricket World Cup in India.

Sri Lankan Sports Minister suspends cricket board. Photo Courtesy: Unsplash

“An interim committee led by Arjuna Ranatunga has been appointed by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, to address the ongoing challenges within Sri Lanka Cricket,” Daily Mirror reported.

Interestingly, Arjuna Ranatunga is a former Sri Lankan captain under whose leadership the country won the World Cup in 1996.

The Ministry said that under the authority granted by Sports Law No. 25 of 1973, the Minister has appointed the interim committee, the newspaper reported.

The Sri Lankan team received a massive jolt in the showpiece event last week when India defeated the neighbours by 302 runs.

Chasing India’s 358 runs, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 55.

It is the fourth-lowest World Cup total in history.

The defeat triggered massive public outcry in the nation still struggling hard to recover from the financial crisis.

Sri Lanka will next face Bangladesh on Monday.