x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Ranatunga won't stand

Arjuna Ranatunga will not contest elections to the Sri Lanka cricket board, if any are held, after the dissolution of the interim committee.

Arjuna Ranatunga will not contest elections to the Sri Lanka cricket board (SLC) if any are held. SLC was plunged into disarray last week when the sports minister Gamini Lokuge dissolved the interim committee, of which the former Test captain Ranatunga was chairman. The sports ministry secretary S Liyanagama was handed temporary charge of the SLC. Cricket in Sri Lanka has been run by a government-appointed committee since March 2005 when the last elected body was dissolved by the then sports minister. Ranatunga spelled out: "I have clearly said that I do not want to contest elections to the board." Ranatunga - who also led Sri Lanka to World Cup success in 1996 - has had a difficult relationship with Lokuge. *PA Sport