Sri Lanka news January 3, 2016

Thilanga Sumathipala elected SLC president

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The 80 votes he garnered were insufficient to get Arjuna Ranatunga elected to the vice-president posts © AFP

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his brother, Nishantha, suffered defeats in the Sri Lanka Cricket elections, which were held on Sunday. Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka's deputy speaker of parliament, beat Nishantha for the post of SLC president, while Arjuna lost the race for the vice-president spots. The elections were dominated by Sumathipala's group as all their candidates were also elected to their respective posts.

Sumathipala, who has served as SLC president in the past, garnered 88 votes on Sunday against Nishantha's 56. Meanwhile, Arjuna, who led Sri Lanka to a World Cup win in 1996, was one of four contestants for the two vice-president posts. The 80 votes he received, however, were insufficient to guarantee a victory, and Jayantha Dharmadasa (102 votes) and K Mathivanan (90 votes) were elected instead. A fourth contestant Asanga Seneviratne received 18 votes.

The secretary's post went to Mohan de Silva, a former SLC president, who was elected unopposed after rival candidate Hirantha Perera withdrew.

Colombo Cricket Club president Shammi Silva received the highest votes at the election, garnering 115 votes to defeat Easman Narangoda (28 votes) for the post of treasurer.

Ravin Wickremaratne, former Panadura Sports Club fast bowler, received 113 votes and was elected assistant secretary. He beat former Sri Lanka fast bowler Nilantha Ratnayake by 80 votes.

Lalith Rambukwella received 108 votes and was elected assistant treasurer, over Nihal Lewke who managed only 36 votes. Two other contestants for the post, Aruna de Silva and Sujeewa Lokuhewa, withdrew.

"Our first priority is the national team and to appoint a national coach," Sumathipala said after the election. "Everything else like development and domestic structures can wait but the national team cannot. We are already behind schedule and we have wasted a lot of time, energy and efforts.

"It has been a long journey for all of us to be together. I am glad that the entire committee whom we had proposed got duly elected and we are one big team going to give the leadership to transform Sri Lanka cricket to the next level.

"In the past 10 years, there have been interim committees appointed to run cricket in the country time and again. We need put an end to interim committees and have elected bodies running cricket. Even the ICC does not recognized interim committees. We must thank the minister of sport for preparing the groundwork to hold this election."

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  • Aravindade on January 4, 2016, 2:11 GMT

    Please Arjuna ranathunga is not a Sri Lankan cricket. He said same thing to mahela and sanga.maybe he can make his broken heart remembering what he spoke to media when sanga and mahela performed very well at that time, now your turn Mr.ranathunga. don't act like big dic,you are honored what you have done in Sri Lanka same like other cricketers.admire your senios because you haven't fallen down in sky,please appreciate your juniors no body perfect sir.at least be like Aravinda de silva.

  • Sudath_NZ on January 4, 2016, 1:09 GMT

    Very happy to see new SLC chairman and the team. Are these top gentleman have a time to serve for SriLanka cricket? 2nd question is. ...curruption? If these gentleman can spend more time for SL cricket and do a clean job without curruption, I hope good future for SriLanka cricket. Wish you and your team Mr.Sumathipala .

  • MH19 on January 4, 2016, 0:46 GMT

    This shows Arjuna was a good cricketer and a good captain but a disastrous administrator and a politician. I feel sorry for Nishantha he is a good administrator and also a great cricketer and very knowledgable and should thank him for his services. Also 2 other good appointments are Mathi and Dharmadasa. Please appoint a coach like Justing Langer will be good for our cricket

  • Mexaman on January 3, 2016, 21:32 GMT

    First priority should be to ammend the SLC constitution to reduce the no of voters.

  • shyamalsp on January 3, 2016, 18:21 GMT

    Congratulations for Mr. Sumathipa and hope to do everything for betterment of Sri Lankan cricket.

    Shyamal Perera

  • Yasi_Gee on January 3, 2016, 18:11 GMT

    Congratulations to Thilanga. I am glad that Arjuna & co didn't win for cricket's shake. Nishantha had done enough damages to Sri lankan cricket.

  • chandrae on January 3, 2016, 15:47 GMT

    congrats to Thilanga and the group for the much deserve victory in the election held after many years.Hope he will do a good job and show the interim committees how to do the job.good luck Thilanga

  • amuni12 on January 3, 2016, 14:39 GMT

    Show the transparency of the activities by the Board at all levels. That would help gain confidence of the public, fans and the players.

  • crzcric on January 3, 2016, 13:24 GMT

    Can't say how the Mr Sumathipala will run SLC. But very glad to see the rejection of Nishantha Ranathunga who put SLC in big trouble. Specially the one who is most responsible for SL's WC early exit.

  • Gihan Abeyratne on January 3, 2016, 10:41 GMT

    No one Likes Nishantha, even Sanga and MJ criticised him after the T20 Wc

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