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Standing ovation at Lord's, trouble awaits at home

cricket Updated: Jul 06, 2011 01:44 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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Former Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara got a standing ovation at the end of his lecture at Lord's on Monday where he criticised the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but once home he might have to explain himself in front of board officials.

Probe order
Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has ordered an inquiry into Sangakkara's MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture where the star batsman welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) move directive to elect all cricket boards without political interference.

"Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara's lecture at MCC seems to have disturbed a hornet's nest as sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has ordered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Interim Committee to examine the remarks made by Sangakkara during the lecture," Sri Lanka's national news agency, Lankapuvath said on Tuesday.

The agency quoted anonymous sources in the sports ministry saying Sangakkara was likely to be called to explain after the SLC submits its report to minister Aluthgamage, sources said.

"Sports ministry sources said that Sangakkara while delivering the 'Spirit of Cricket' lecture had been critical of the past cricket administration in the country and had referred to a political power struggle that had surrounded the game of cricket," the news agency said.

No politics, please
In his speech, Sangakkara welcomed the ICC directive requiring all national boards to be elected without political interference.

"We have to aspire to better administration," said Sangakkara.

"The administration needs to adopt the same values enshrined by the team over the years: integrity, transparency, commitment and discipline."

Sri Lanka cricket has been hit by several controversies including corruption and financial irregularities.

Agency copies said Sri Lanka, co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup, were left with a $69 million with media reports suggesting that mismanagement by SLC had been responsible for cost over-runs.

The interim board was made to step down a few days ago to be replaced by a new group.

On Tuesday, Aluthgamage announced in Parliament that elections for the country's office bearers will only be held in January next year.

Controversy also surrounded the sudden induction of 42-year-old Sanath Jayasuriya, a ruling party MP, for the first one-day and T20 matches during the ongoing Lanka-England series.