Are sports authorities in Sri Lanka playing games?

Are sports authorities in Sri Lanka playing games?

Written by Bella Dalima

29 Jan, 2014 | 9:04 pm

Global anti-crruption watchdog, Transparency International, issued a media release on Wednesday on the controversial redraft proposed for the International Cricket Council.

TI notes that cricket needs comprehensive governance reforms and not a concentration of power.

The controversial draft compiled in a manner that vests more power in the Cricket Boards of India, Australia and England, was taken up on Tuesday on the first day of the ICC Board’s meetings in Dubai.

Representatives of the teen full members of the ICC and three associate members of the ICC participated in the meetings which concluded on Wednesday. Condemning the redraft, Transparency International says these proposals substantially depart from the principles of good governance and democratic participation, and appear not to address the risks of corruption within the game of cricket.

TI also calls on the ICC to implement the recommendations of the report it commissioned from Lord Woolf of England in 2011. TI notes that while the report was submitted in 2012, there has been no formal response from the ICC since, to the Woolf recommendations.

TI adds that the Woolf report suggested a series of reforms to make cricket’s governance more transparent and better equipped to oversee a global sport.

Transparency International has also called on the ICC to introduce independent non-executive directors to the ICC board, as recommended by the Woolf Report.

TI believes that the ICC should aim to be a model of good governance and transparency for domestic cricket boards to follow.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the ICC announced that the ICC Board has unanimously approved a set of principles on the future governance and financial models of the ICC.

Members had approved nine key principles.

Issuing a media release on the meeting held in Dubai on Tuesday, Sri Lanka Cricket noted that SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa had informed the ICC that SLC would come to a final decision on the proposals following further discussions with the SLC Executive Committee.

On January 20, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who was a guest on the programme Inside Sports  on our sister channel Sirasa TV, noted that Sri Lanka as a nation is opposed to these proposals.

The Minister said that he had reached this decision following discussions with officials at SLC.

If this is the case, why are sport authorities in this country following dual agendas?


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