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Sri Lanka appoint interim committee
Saturday 02 July 2011

Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has set up a four-member Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee. The new committee is headed by former cricket board president Upali Dharmadasa and comprises former player Prakash Shaffter as secretary, former investment advisor Nimal Perera as treasurer and former Test cricketer Sidath Wettimuny as member.

"Let me save the game from this mafia. I don't have any personal agenda. Let me appoint a correct person democratically to head the cricket board next year," Aluthgamage was quoted as saying by The Island.

The new body will be in charge till the "first half of next year," Aluthgamage said.

The SLC reportedly owes more than $15m after co-hosting the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with India and Bangladesh. The BBC reported that last month it sought financial help from the government and state bank.

But the sports minister denied these reports and said accounts of mismanagement in cricket were exaggerated. "There is no financial crisis in the SLC," he said.

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