Lorgat: Change SL sports law

2012-11-20 15:32

Colombo - Sri Lanka's sports law must be amended to end political interference in cricket administration to sustain and improve the game in the country, a report from a former top administrator said on Tuesday.

The report by Haroon Lorgat, former chief executive of the International Cricket Council, was released on Tuesday and suggests changing the law to comply with international standards.

The law currently bars any international team chosen by selectors being announced without the minister's approval.

Logart was hired by Sri Lanka Cricket to suggest improvements and he has identified nine issues affecting the game and given 24 recommendations to address them.

"Numerous comments infer that the minister appoints the entire selection panel," Logart said in the report he prepared after interviewing 42 people, including former national players, club representatives, administrators, SLC staff and media.

Successive Sri Lankan governments have been accused of interfering with cricket's administration.

SLC did not have an elected body for seven years and political appointees ran the administration until the authorities were compelled to hold an election earlier this year. The ICC last year made them mandatory for all national cricket boards.

However, a group favoured by the government was elected uncontested after their rivals withdrew, calling the elections flawed.

ICC match referees and former players Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama are among those interviewed.

The issues identified by the report include poor image of SLC, an outdated constitution, weak finances, lack of professional administration, poor media relations, poor domestic cricket structure, selection issues and lack of high performance facilities.

Among the recommendations are redrafting SLC's constitution, introducing code of ethics for all persons involved with the body, long term financial planning, empowerment of the CEO, a media protocol, restructuring domestic cricket and establishment of a terms of reference for the selection committee.


  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-11-20 15:41

    This is rich coming from a South African!! There is so much political inteference in South African sport, and for Mr Lorgat to condemn another country is the pot calling the kettle black!!

      nick.collis.16 - 2012-11-20 16:31

      My thoughts exactly!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-11-20 19:00

      He didn't condemn another country. Sri Lanka hired him to investigate issues and suggest solutions. As far as I can tell, he did the job he was paid to do. BTW, News24, it's Lorgat, not Logart. But seeing as we have seen our captain's name misspelt as Greame several times on News24, I guess it's not surprising...

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-11-21 06:54

      Semantics, Richard. Regardless that he was requested to investigate, the fact remains that there is more interference in South African sport, so for me it somewhat smacks of double standards!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-11-21 15:57

      What is your understanding of how professional consulting works? Because this is what Haroon was doing - professional consulting on cricket administration. I'll tell you what my view is. If I consult an American GP and his tests reveal that I have a weight/cholesterol problem, I would expect him to tell me honestly about it. I would not expect him to keep quiet about my problem and assure me that there is no problem, on the basis that "an American telling a non-American that he has a weight problem might sound like the pot calling the kettle black." If I have yellow jaundice and consult a Japanese GP, I expect him to tell me frankly that I have yellow jaundice. I don't expect him to squirm uncomfortably in his seat, saying that I have a problem but he can't tell me what it is because "the Oriental telling the Occidental that his skin is too yellow" might sound like double standards. What should Lorgat have told them? "Yes, you have problems but I'm not going to mention them because some would say that my country of origin have the same problems, so it would be hypocritical of me to draw attention to it"?? Sri Lanka would have laughed him out of the room and demanded their money back. It's not how professional consulting works.

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