Sri Lanka's sports minister has chosen Arjuna Ranatunga, a former cricket team captain, to lead a temporary team in charge of the cricket board. This decision comes after the elected officials were suspended due to accusations of wrongdoing and unfair activities.
Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe issued a notice on Monday suspending the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and said he took action to investigate the findings of an audit report on the conduct of the board officials during last year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
The seven-member interim committee also includes three retired judges.
The board's suspension comes amid growing public anger against the administrators and players over Sri Lanka's dismal performance in the ongoing World Cup tournament in India.
“Sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe has formed an interim committee for Sri Lanka Cricket,” Ranasinghe’s office said in a statement.
The 1996 champions now only have a remote chance of reaching the semifinals after losing five out of seven matches in the round-robin stage.
The minister sacked remaining board members on Monday, replacing them with an interim committee chaired by World Cup-winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, his ministry said in a statement.