Under Sri Lanka’s own Sports Law, however, the government has the power to dissolve the governing body of any sport – a power it has used several times on SLC, in the last 20 years. But during the time of the most-recent interim committee, which presided for roughly a year between 2014 and 2015, the ICC had refused to disburse payments owed to SLC, and held those funds in escrow until a fresh board was elected by SLC’s members. SLC was also demoted to observer status at ICC board meetings.
Ranatunga has also separately spoken publicly about what he would change if put in charge of cricket in the country.
He is the only former international cricketer in the interim committee, however. The others in the seven member committee are S.I. Imam, Rohini Marasinghe, and Irangani Perera (who are all retired judges of either the Supreme or High Court of Sri Lanka), Upali Dharmadasa, who has previously held top positions in SLC, and Rakitha Rajapakshe, and Hisham Jamaldeen, who are sons of politicians belonging to the same ruling, political coalition as sports minister Ranasinghe. Rajapakshe and Jamaldeen work in law, and real estate respectively.
Soon after Sri Lanka’s defeat to India last week, Ranasinghe had sent a letter to the other full member boards accusing SLC of “mismanagement” – a letter which he sought to essentially pave the way for his appointing his own committee.
The ICC’s board is due to meet in the two weeks, and Ranatunga will expect to act as Sri Lanka’s director (the ICC board is made up of directors from all full member nations), at that meeting.