Current SLC administration ignored and sidelined me – Mathivanan
By Anjana Kaluarachchi
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Vice President K. Mathivanan resigned from his post yesterday by submitting a letter to Secretary Mohan de Silva. Mathivanan was the only person to be elected from the Jayantha Dharmadasa/Nishantha Ranatunga team during the last SLC election.
Prior to this too he had resigned from the post of Vice President in September 2013 over a dispute with the then SLC administration, and this time he claims that he was ignored and sidelined by the present SLC administration.
“According to the Sri Lanka Cricket Constitution, the two Vice Presidents handle the responsibilities of overlooking Domestic and International Cricket, but the current administration has chosen to ignore the norms and have now sidelined me from the mainstream of cricket administration,” said Mathivanan in a media release following his resignation yesterday.
“At both Executive Committee and Management Committee meetings, my opinions have not been sought nor heeded. At Executive Committee meetings, I have raised several objections to the decisions taken, but they have ignored me and taken their decisions nevertheless, and I feel that I would also be held responsible for these unsavoury decisions, which would be detrimental to the reputation I have built up as an honest administrator,” the release further stated.
Meanwhile, in a media release SLC stated that during an emergency meeting last afternoon their Executive Committee had unanimously decided to appoint
Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa to Mathivanan’s post. SLC also stated that they were set to hold an inquiry into the conduct of Mathivanan before his resignation. “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that the said resignation of
Mr. Mathivanan comes in the wake of the recent unanimous decision of the Executive Committee to hold an inquiry against Mr. Mathivanan for indulging in unethical practices in his capacity as an Office-bearer.” In his media release Mathivan further described about how SLC ignored his views and ideas.
“Notice of meetings and the agenda with Board papers have not been circulated to me in time, preventing me from studying the implications of the matters to be discussed. I have shown my displeasure and refused to endorse the decisions taken without discussion, but the current administration goes ahead with their pre-planned ideas which are detrimental to good order and discipline. I do not wish to be party to such flippant decision-making.”
Mathivanan was President of Colts Cricket Club from 2000 to 2013, and was incorporated into the National cricket administration in 2005 where he held the post of SLC Secretary in interim committees from 2006 to 2013. He was also Vice President of SLC in 2012 and 2013 and again from 2016 to 2018, where he was tasked with overlooking domestic cricket and then international cricket.
“Cricket has been my passion, as it has been to a vast majority of the population of Sri Lanka. I have dedicated my entire adult life to the game, both as a player and an administrator. I have fulfilled the aspirations of the stakeholders who placed their trust in me by voting me in as a Vice President to carry out my duties honestly and efficiently. I have fulfilled my obligations to the best of my abilities.”
“The current administration carries out their duties without transparency and integrity in such a manner which makes it impossible for me to remain in such a set up. I am therefore reluctantly compelled to resign from my post as Vice President of Sri Lanka Cricket,” the media release further stated.