Sri Lanka news August 1, 2012

Lorgat to conduct independent review of SLC governance


Former ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat's role as special advisor to the SLC will include an independent review of its governance and recommendations to the heavily indebted board on financial management, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said. All recommendations made by Lorgat in his three-month tenure will then be made public.

He will also advise the board on the structure of domestic cricket, in a year in which several major changes have already been proposed for the first-class competition.

Lorgat, a chartered accountant and experienced cricket administrator, will be given access to SLC's budget information, as the board hopes to regain fiscal stability after amassing a debt approaching $70 million since the end of the 2011 World Cup. "Finance is one of the most crucial areas at the moment," Ranatunga told ESPNcricinfo on Wednesday. "[Lorgat] can look at our budgets and see where we need to cut back and see where we need to spend, in order to improve our financial situation."

In addition, Ranatunga said SLC will provide Lorgat with information for his review on cricket governance in Sri Lanka, but only the information the board deems relevant for his purposes. Lorgat is also expected to consult with the clubs that comprise Sri Lanka's first-class competition, and provide recommendations on domestic structure, as the board moves to axe six of the 20 teams and reduce the two-tier competition to a single tier one. "It's important for Mr Lorgat to talk to the stakeholders in Sri Lanka cricket, which include the clubs, media and even the public, in order to provide a wide review," Ranatunga said.

Interviews with past and present players will also be made available to Lorgat should he require them in his review, or if he wishes to canvas opinion on how to improve the state of cricket in Sri Lanka, Ranatunga said.

An independent review on governance in Sri Lanka Cricket will be of particular interest, given that most of the current board members were elected unopposed in January amid claims of political tampering by other candidates who withdrew in protest. The elections had been forced by ICC regulations after a series of nine interim boards had controlled SLC in the seven years dating back to the last election in 2004.Both Ranatunga and current president Upali Dharmadasa served in the interim board that was dissolved to make way for the elections.

A financial review will also stoke interest after SLC failed to pay its players for eight months following the 2011 World Cup, for which two new stadiums were built and a third one renovated - causing the majority of the SLC's financial woes. Cost-cutting measures have since been implemented, but the board still had to rely on a payout from the state-owned Bank of Ceylon to pay player salaries in March.

Ranatunga said SLC approached Lorgat for the role because of his strong background in cricket and cricket administration. Lorgat played 76 first-class matches as an allrounder for Eastern Province and Traansvaal, and was a South Africa selector and administrator before serving as chief executive of the ICC from 2008 to June 2012. "I am impressed at how the present SLC administrators are acutely aware of the issues they face and they are willing to tackle these so that they can eventually administer cricket in Sri Lanka on a sound basis," Lorgat said following his appointment.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Mike on August 3, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Why are we having SLPL when we are saying that our bowlers are becoming ineffective because of IPL. Won't the SL players get tired and carry injuries to perform national commitments.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    in one or two weeks lorgart will be fired without even paying,,,lol SlC control by people who never went a school

  • Robert on August 2, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    The problem was very simply the new stadiums built - largely under political prompting if not pressure - neither of which was needed, and neither of which has a spectating constituency nor an infrastructure to make it financially viable. The Bank of Ceylon as, de facto, the national clearing bank has had to bail them out, but that money will still have to be repaid, and it won't be anywhere near covered by the white elephants it is funding.

  • Mathu1 on August 2, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Isn't it very simple? If you spend more than what you earn and most the money have been invested with no return, sure SLC struggle with cash flow. Do they have all records of all expenses done through? Why can not auditor general send a team to do a proper independent audit? Sure one of our accountant can show where it has gone wrong and what's to be done to secure the financial structure. I don't understand why we call expertise to review & comment for what SLC has done by themselfs which they are answerable to the public.

  • Rahul on August 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    If the SLC is in that much financial constraint, wouldn't the T20 World Cup hosted there later this year complicate things? They will still need to dish out money up front to promote the event properly and ensure security and such. Ya the payout in the end should put them in the positives but they would need cash before the tournament begins.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    This should have been done long ago. Makes me dazed to think how much the entire sports ministry is indebted when only the cricket board has uncured massive debts. Pathetic.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Lets see how long he will survive with our SLC members !

  • udendra on August 2, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    will the stolen Hard Disks be provided to Mr. Lorgat, for this important review?

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    isn't it simple? Stop building unnecessary new cricket grounds.

  • Fahad on August 1, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    SL could have found someone a thousand times better easily.

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