Sports Minister Harin Fernando discussed the proposed reforms to Sri Lanka’s cricket administration with International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashanth Manohar in New Delhi yesterday (1 Aug).
The reforms are to be integrated into a new constitution for Sri Lanka Cricket which Fernando presented as a Bill in Parliament last week.
The ICC disagrees with governments having any role in the administration of cricket.
The reforms are based on recommendations made by a committee comprising senior retired Sri Lankan test cricketers.
The committee members were Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Roshan Mahanama and Sidath Wettamuni.
They recommended wide-ranging changes to the unwieldy cricket structure in Sri Lanka which has a large number of small clubs with voting rights.
The new proposal recommends that the number of clubs, and with them, the votes, be reduced from 147 to 87.
Jayewardene and other players have said that because of the number of clubs, all playing first-class cricket, the talent pool gets diluted and the domestic standard therefore falls. As a result, the gap between the Sri Lankan domestic standard and the international standard has widened.
As issues such as corruption and waste in SLC have drawn attention, the reforms envisage a Board of Governors to be appointed which will supervise the elected Cricket Board.
The Minister of Sports who signs off on all international teams and therefore is the de facto Chairman of Selectors is also set to lose this power when the reforms are enacted.
Sri Lanka Cricket is currently under investigation for multiple issues including corruption and fraud by both the local police and the anti- Corruption Unit of the ICC.