Sri Lanka Cricket vice-president K Mathivanan quits following allegations of impropriety

Sri Lanka news July 30, 2020

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) vice-president K Mathivanan has quit his position with the board, as he and the remainder of the SLC executive committee made accusations of impropriety against each other. Jayantha Dharmadasa, a longtime administrator who failed in his bid to be elected SLC president in February 2019, has been appointed to Mathivanan's vacated post.

An SLC release stated that Mathivanan's resignation had come "in the wake of the recent unanimous decision of the executive committee to hold an inquiry against Mr. Mathivanan for indulging in unethical practices in his capacity as an office bearer".

Mathivanan, the only office bearer elected from outside the Thilanga Sumathipala-backed faction at the most-recent SLC polls, was understood to have had a deteriorating relationship with several others at the board, over the past year. The ethics inquiry is believed to have been about leaks to media - allegations Mathivanan denies.

Following his resignation, Mathivanan himself issued a release alleging that "the current administration carries out their duties without transparency and integrity in such a manner which makes it impossible for me to remain in such a set up". Mathivanan said that the board had made "unsavoury decisions" despite his objections, and had also failed to provide him with "notice of meetings, with the agenda and board papers".

SLC is set to hold another election next year, at which Mathivanan is again expected to contest. As vice-president, he had been in charge of domestic cricket, which presently stands suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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