Re­duce govt in­ter­fer­ence in cricket: Lor­gat

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Ha­roon Lor­gat, the for­mer ICC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, has rec­om­mended less gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence in team se­lec­tion, in ad­di­tion to 23 other rec­om­men­da­tions to Sri Lanka Cricket, in his re­view of the sport in the coun­try. Lor­gat was ap­pointed short-term spe­cial ad­vi­sor to the SLC in July, and was tasked with per­form­ing a wide-rang­ing re­view of gov­er­nance, cricket struc­ture, ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nances, of which his ten-page re­port is the re­sult. ??

Among the is­sues Lor­gat raises in his re­port is the poor rep­u­ta­tion of the SLC, its weak fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, lack of pro­fes­sional ad­min­is­tra­tion, non-ex­is­tent or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture and a lack of trans­parency. He also rec­om­mends a re­struc­tur­ing of do­mes­tic cricket, and re­cruit­ing the help of for­mer greats in the de­vel­op­ment of crick­eters.

Af­ter Lor­gat had pre­sented his re­port, SLC Sec­re­tary Nis­han­tha Ranatunga said it was now the job of the stake- hold­ers - a wide rang­ing group in­clud­ing clubs, me­dia, play­ers and the SLC them­selves - to im­ple­ment Lor­gat's rec­om­men­da­tions.

"From my per­sonal point of view, I feel all these rec­om­men­da­tions need to be ad­dressed by the stake­hold­ers," Ranatunga said. "The im­prove­ments need to sit along with the stake­hold­ers, and they need to come up with strate­gies to over­come it.

"The other op­tion is to get an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee to come and look at this and come up with a so­lu­tion."

The re­port's rec­om­men­da­tions on re­duc­ing gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence fo­cus on a law that re­quires in­ter­na­tional team se­lec­tions to be ap­proved by the Sports Min­is­ter, who also ap­points a nom­i­nee to the se­lec­tion panel. On the ba­sis of re­sponses from in­ter­vie­wees, the re­port in­ferred that the Min­is­ter ap­points the en­tire se­lec­tion panel. The re­port rec­om­mends SLC work to­wards an amend­ment to the law that might see a se­lec­tion process free of gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence. It also sug­gests the SLC en­sure in­de­pen­dence for the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, and con­sider hav­ing full time se­lec­tors. Ranatunga said the board had al­ready ap­proached the Sports Min­is­ter about amend­ing the Sports Law. "We have dis­cussed this with the honourable Min­is­ter, and he was very pos­i­tive about chang­ing cer­tain clauses in the Sports Law to ac­com­mo­date this re­port. He was pos­i­tive about the changes that are needed for the de­vel­op­ment of the game."

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