Ranatunga lashes out at SLC bosses

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Colombo, Sri Lanka - For­mer Sri Lankan skip­per Ar­juna Ranatunga on Wed­nes­day lam­basted the coun­try's cricket lead­ers and said he had stopped watch­ing the ail­ing na­tional team.

Ranatunga, 53, said he was also dis­il­lu­sioned with the gov­ern­ment of which he is a min­is­ter be­cause it failed to pro­tect the game. "Frankly, I don't watch cricket any­more," Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to a World Cup tri­umph in 1996, said. "I read about it in the news­pa­pers but I don't watch cricket."

Since re­tir­ing, the cricket star has en­tered pol­i­tics and was an un­elected cricket ad­min­is­tra­tor in 2008. "I am dis­ap­pointed about cricket since the last elec­tions," he said.

Ranatunga and his brother stood for the top two posts on the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) board in Jan­uary last year but were eas­ily beaten by Thi­langa Su­math­ipala and his team.

Ranatunga, who is the pe­tro­leum min­is­ter, is push­ing for the oust­ing of the lead­er­ship and the ap­point­ment of an in­terim com­mit­tee to ad­min­is­ter the game.

He said he had asked au­thor­i­ties to in­ter­vene in Sri Lanka Cricket but has had no re­sponse.

"I thought OK, if the gov­ern­ment thinks this is right - and I am part of this gov­ern­ment - I tried to take a step back and al­lowed them to run. They (the board) has messed up ev­ery­thing. "No one is will­ing to lis­ten to me."

Ranatunga has not missed much in stop­ping watch­ing the na­tional side. Sri Lanka lost a home one-day se­ries to Zim­babwe last month and were ham­mered in the first Test against In­dia at the week­end.

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