Sri Lanka news September 6, 2013

SLC vice-president 'compelled' to resign


Sri Lanka Cricket vice-president K Mathivanan has resigned after his months of discontent with the board culminated in being "compelled" to withdraw from a club cricket election. Mathivanan is the present Colts Cricket Club president, and was set to re-contest that position in an election on Friday, but his withdrawal will now allow SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga to take the post uncontested.

"I have had to step down from the election today for reasons that are out of my control. I can't say anything about those reasons," Mathivanan said. "Because I have not been happy at my job in Sri Lanka cricket for the last four or five months, I also stepped down from my role there. Everyone knows what's happening at SLC and I thought I must safeguard my reputation and just step down.

"[Ranatunga] was supposed to contest me today, but after I stepped down, he is uncontested as usual."

Ranatunga has been elected to the post of secretary unopposed in the last two SLC elections. He had had a rival in the lead-up to the 2012 elections, but the opposing candidate also withdrew close to the elections.

Mathivanan said he had become increasingly disenchanted with SLC, and had had only attended two executive committee meetings since being reelected in April. "Last year, as vice-president, I was in charge of cricket affairs and chairman of the district cricket and school cricket committees, but this year I was not given anything. I was just a spectator."

SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa said that Mathivanan's letter of resignation had been circulated among the board's committee members and an emergency meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the issue. Certain statements made by Mathivanan to the media had painted the wrong picture of his administration, he said, and he was shocked by the developments. "When Mathi came to see me I thought that he had come to discuss some issues he had with his club Colombo Colts CC," Dharmadasa said. "But he took me by surprise when he handed me his letter to resign from the post of vice-president. I told him that he had no problems working with the SLC and that he should reconsider his decision. But he was adamant and wanted to resign."*

Mathivanan was serving his second term as vice-president of SLC, and had also been secretary for the interim committees between 2006 and December 2008. A long-serving champion of domestic cricket, he was a popular figure among the local clubs, and had easily received the highest number of votes from among the four vice-presidential candidates in the last SLC elections.

*18.55GMT, September 7: This article has been updated with Jayantha Dharmadasa's reaction

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Ulfath on September 10, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    @ Herath-UK, I have seen your comments for some time, i agree with you on many things. What if i ask you to stop Blogging, since u have been commenting on here for a long time??? You are totally missing the point here, the problem highlighted by this article is the politics within SLC driven by external 'Political' pressure. A free and fair election is when any person is allowed to participate, further more if SLC does not have any time limit on how long a person can warm a particular seat. The democracy and integrity of SLC is at stake here, Pls dont make silly arguments.

  • Philip on September 9, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    On the face of what I can read, there seems to be some kind of authoritarian rule. I hold two key Sri Lankan cricketers, Sangakarra and Mahela in very high regard. Over the past years we have seen captaincy changes and now soon after having read about Sanga's issues, we see further changes in the board. Very creditable of an officer who makes a stand by resigning to safeguard his reputation. We need people to back persons who want to take a stand across all boards on grounds of principles.

  • Manoj on September 9, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Please note I am a member at Colts Cricket club and Nishantha and Mathi has been best of buddies and have uplifted the Spirit of Cricket at Colts and also at SL Level. These two will always maintain Cricket as a priority than your personal agenda's.Nishantha is a Crickerter par excellence who also have played cricket at the highest level and captained his club also to Division 1 title.The Problem in sri lanka what i see is a person who stands firm and strong who loves to do his job for the game and for the country is been targeted whne he is firm.Ranatunga is a good adminstrator and will raie his voice when matters which some people hate it.I hope mathi and Nishantha will always be good buddies.

  • Ranil on September 7, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I would like you to keep the forum open for balanced of views rather than on a sort of campaign. I did query why Mathinavan cannot leave the post after enjoying it for twelve years! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Hail Rantunge unpisputed secretary of SLC.. this man is uplifting cricket sooo much... as Dharmadasa says he has acceptance of all and is always uncontested... my foot man. He is also the CEO of CSN, Namal Rajapakse's TV channel and all cricket telecasts are only for the Kings family..... what would Arjuna Ranatunge say about his brother?

  • Jagath on September 6, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Way to go Mr Ranatunga. Totally agree with the previous comments. Getting elected without rivalry is not the best of things to happen.

  • Karthik on September 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Nishantha Ranatunga seem to believe that the SLC is his family's property. Anyone who opposes him is dealt in the swiftest manner. Sad state of affairs that is happening to the Board. Even cricketers like Sanga and Mahela who are the Sri Lankan equivalent of what Dhoni means to the Indian public are abused, harassed and hounded by the SLC. Lest we forget that Sanga was paraded like a traitor just a couple of weeks by this same set who rule the Board releasing unwarranted statements to the media regarding his choice of teams for the champions league. SAD and PATHETIC state of affairs shall continue unabated.

  • manjula on September 6, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Like Darmadasa said during the dispute with Sanga....Nishantha is elected again no one can challenge his position. Getting elected without rivalry is the worst way to get elected...Nishantha should know this...Also, uncontested election doesn't mean you are qualified....

  • Ranil on September 6, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Well Andrew look at Cricket South Africa. Recently ECB too caved into shifting May Tests. Ranatunga was criticised towing BCCI line in the past. BCCI has become very poor in dealing with other boards & very selfish. This Mathivan has been the President of Colts over a decade & it should not be his god's gift & taken for granted. These chaps when challenged bring political reasons to cover their impending loss & find easy to castigate the opponent. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    SLC is going down.................

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