SLC Board most corrupt institution in the country – Ranatunga

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Legendary skipper Arjuna Ranatunga lashed out at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for not being able to take care of the cricketing culture in the country. Cricket in the Asian country has gone through a massive turmoil over the last few years, especially after their big names, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya and Lasith Malinga bid adieu to international cricket.

Last year, the players got into a big dispute with the cricket board over payment issues. A number of their players were also handed bans for various reasons. Moreover, the team struggled to win series across formats. Ranatunga, who played a crucial role in the rise of Sri Lankan cricket during the 1990s, said that SLC lacked professional operators and accused them of corruption.

MESSED UP EVERYTHING

“It is all about mismanagement and unprofessionalism; that is where the crisis has occurred in cricket. The worst culprit is the cricket board; they are the most corrupt institution in the country,” Ranatunga was quoted as saying.

“They have messed up everything. They do not have proper professionals to run cricket. It is worse than the government. Cricket- wise we have produced players, but they are managed badly. It is a big issue. If you go to a cricket election, you are looking at 143 or 144 votes; it is all about bribing,” he stated.

“The people who are running cricket since 2015 have messed up. I always felt that a proper Sports Minister should come in and handle this properly, but the only thing is thieves go and capture the posts. It has happened in the past and will happen in the future,” Ranatunga added.

Earlier this year, Sri Lanka toured India for a T20I and Test series and ended up losing all five games. Prior to that, they lost a T20 series against Aaron Finch’s Australia.

A number of Lankan cricketers, including Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana, are currently taking part in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).

(Agencies)