Sri Lanka Cricket revamp: Sports Minister to meet Shashank Manohar

Harin Fernando will take with him a document drafted by veterans Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and others that proposed a new Sri Lanka Cricket Constitution.

Sri Lanka cricket revamp

Calls for a revamp of the administration of cricket in the country began much before its dismal show in the ICC World Cup this year.   -  Getty Images

Sri Lanka Sports Minister Harin Fernando will meet ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the proposed revamp of cricket’s national governing body SLC.

“I will meet the ICC boss in India tomorrow to discuss the future SLC administrative structure,” said Fernando.

Fernando had presented in parliament a paper submitted by the former greats such as Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Sidath Wettimuny on a new Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) constitution.

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Following the World Cup debacle, the entire coaching staff excluding the trainer Nick Lee, had been asked to resign.

“There will be a brand new coaching staff for the series against New Zealand,” Fernando said.

He said he had the highest regard for Chandika Hathurusinghe, the current head coach. “But certain things did not happen the way they need to happen (under Hathurusinghe’s charge),” Fernando said.

Hathurusinghe received a latter from the SLC management after the team returned from the World Cup. The coach has no intention to resign as he has some 16 months left of his contract

The Sports Minister added if the coaching staff refused to resign they will be offered other jobs in the SLC.