“Sri Lanka cricket is being ruined because of Jay Shah”- Arjuna Ranatunga

SLC was suspended by the ICC board for interference by Sri Lankan government.

Arjuna Ranatunga blamed Jay Shah for the turmoil in Sri Lanka cricket | XSri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has slammed BCCI secretary Jay Shah for running and ruining Sri Lanka Cricket. This comes after the ICC board suspended the SLC for interference from the government.

Sri Lanka finished ninth on the points table, meaning they do not qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy. This led to Sri Lanka sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe sacking the entire board and installing an interim committee headed by Arjuna Ranatunga.

But Mohan de Silva went to court and the judges decided to strike down the sports minister’s orders and reinstated the Sri Lanka Cricket board members.

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A day after Sri Lanka lost their final ICC World Cup 2023 league stage game, the ICC board suspended the SLC in response to what it perceived to be excessive government interference in the SLC administration, which ended in the dissolution of the country's cricket board.

Reacting to the ongoing issue in Sri Lanka cricket, Arjuna Ranatunga blamed BCCI secretary Jay Shah for ruining the country’s sport.

Because of the connection between SLC officials and Jay Shah, they (the BCCI) are under the impression that they can trample and control SLC. Jay Shah is running the Sri Lanka Cricket. SLC is being ruined because of pressure from Jay Shah. One man in India is ruining Sri Lankan cricket. He is only powerful because of his father, who is India’s home Minister,” Ranatunga was quoted by the Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror.

The ICC Board of Directors is scheduled to convene on November 21, following which the future course of action is expected to be clearer. Sri Lanka will host the ICC U19 World Cup 2024 in January and February of next year.


By Jatin Sharma - 13 Nov, 2023

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