For the very first time in its history, Sri Lanka Cricket was not officially represented when the International Cricket Council permitted Sri Lanka Cricket’s representative Sidath Wettimuny to attend the annual ICC Conference only as an observer, which was held in the Caribbean Island of Barbados according to the ICC’ website yesterday.
The ICC made a statement to the effect that “the ICC Board received an update on SLC and reiterated its earlier position that an appointment of an Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka was a breach of ICC’s constitution. The ICC Board urged the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka to hold free and fair elections before the next ICC Board Meeting in October, adding that the ICC reserved the right to take further action against the SLC in the event of further non-compliance”.
However as a courtesy to SLC, Wettimuny was permitted to be a part of the group picture taken of officials who attended the meeting.
It was only a couple of months ago that the ICC made it very clear to SLC that they would not permit any political appointees to attend ICC meetings. Nuski Mohamed also a current member of the Interim Committee, was permitted to attend an ICC meeting in Dubai earlier only as an observer. Due to that fact Mohamed refused to attend the ICC meeting on his arrival in Dubai, but opted rather to use that opportunity to meet up with ‘Ten Sports’ officials on a private capacity, especially with the upcoming Indian tour scheduled to be held later in August.
A stake holder of SLC said “Sri Lanka Cricket should heed the stance the ICC took at yesterday’s meeting, when they suspended the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) an associate member of theirs, for non-compliance to advise and instructions provided to them earlier in the year “.
“It is interesting to note that whilst the late Gamini Dissanayake created history by being instrumental in Sri Lanka gaining Test Cricket Status, his son, the current Minister of Sports Navin Dissanayake has been responsible for also creating a bit of history for himself now. Contrary to the good his father did for cricket in the country it seems like his son is set to undo all the good his dad did for the country, especially for cricket” concluded stake holder of SLC.
The ICC Board consists of the nominated representatives of each of the 10 Full Members plus three elected Associate Member representatives. The meeting was chaired by Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Also present is the ICC President and ICC Chief Executive.
ICC Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC President Zaheer Abbas
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson
Australia Wally Edwards
Bangladesh Nazmul Hassan*
England Giles Clarke
India Narayanaswami Srinivasan
New Zealand Greg Barclay
Pakistan Shaharyar M. Khan
South Africa Chris Nenzani
Sri Lanka Sidath Wettimuny**
West Indies Dave Cameron
Zimbabwe Wilson Manase
Associate Member Director (Bermuda) Neil Speight
Associate Member Director (Namibia) Francois Erasmus
Associate Member Director (Singapore) Imran Khawaja
**Sidath Wettimuny attended as an observer
The CEC comprises the Chief Executives of the 10 Full Members as well as three Associate Member representatives. Also present is the ICC Chief Executive who chairs the meeting, and, by invitation, the ICC Chairman, the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee and the Chair of the ICC Women’s Committee.
ICC Chief Executive (Chairman) David Richardson
ICC Chairman (ex Officio) Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC Cricket Committee Chairman (ex Officio) Anil Kumble
ICC Women’s Committee Chair (ex Officio) Clare Connor
Australia James Sutherland
Bangladesh Nizam Uddin Chowdhury
England Tom Harrison
India Anurag Thakur
New Zealand Greg Barclay*
Pakistan Subhan Ahmed
South Africa Haroon Lorgat
Sri Lanka Ashley de Silva
West Indies Michael Muirhead
Zimbabwe Wilfred Mukondiwa
Associate Member Representative John Cribbin
Associate Member Representative Warren Deutrom
Associate Member Representative Greg Campbell
*Alternate to David White