Sri Lanka’s cricket board has been sacked by their sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe on Monday, days after a humiliating loss to India at the World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket, the richest sports organization on the economically struggling island, and Ranasinghe have been embroiled in a dispute for several months regarding allegations of pervasive corruption.
Arjuna Ranatunga, the 1996 World Cup-winning captain of Sri Lanka, has been designated chairman of a new interim board, according to a statement from Ranasinghe’s office. A former board president and a retired supreme court judge are also members of the new seven-member council. The action was taken a day after secretary Mohan de Silva, the second-highest officer of the board, resigned. Ranasinghe publicly called for the resignations of the entire board following Sri Lanka’s 302 run defeat by hosts India in the World Cup last week.