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UNP wants parliamentary probe on cricket crisis

 

United National Party (UNP) front-liner Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday political interference had plunged Sri Lanka cricket into a crisis following the World Cup defeat.

UNP wants parliamentary probe on cricket crisis

 

United National Party (UNP) front-liner Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday political interference had plunged Sri Lanka cricket into a crisis following the World Cup defeat.
 
He said cricket had to be depoliticized and a Parliamentary Select Committee should be appointed to look into allegations of corruption and misuse of funds at Sri Lanka Cricket during the ICC World Cup matches.
 
“The PSC should also inquire as to why Sri Lanka could not win the World Cup and prepare a work plan to win the World Cup in 2015,” he said.
 
Mr. Samaraweera alleged that the Rajapaksa family was meddling with the cricket selections.
 
“The selections are not done by the selection committee but by others. None of the sports bodies can act independently today,” he charged.
 
He told a news conference that the government was selling cricket today as it sold the war.
 
“The government took steps to increase the price of gas, fuel and other consumer goods by taking cover behind cricket. We condemn these actions,” Mr. Samaraweera said.  He said some players pinned their hopes more on astrology and other superstitious beliefs than on their ability. “If they played by being more confident of their abilities they might have won,’ he added.
 
(DM)
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