Sri Lanka Cricket's Board was dissolved earlier this year © Getty Images (Representational photo)
Sri Lanka Cricket’s Board was dissolved earlier this year © Getty Images (Representational photo)

London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday it would write to the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka regarding possible government interference into the running of cricket on the island. Under the ICC constitution, free and fair elections of office-bearers must take place within Member boards. But Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) board was dissolved by the government last month, with Sri Lanka sports minister Navin Dissanyake subsequently appointing a nine-strong interim committee, headed by former Test batsman Sidath Wettimuny, to run Sri Lanka cricket. READ: ICC Board meeting concludes in Dubai

In a statement issued Thursday after a board meeting at its Dubai headquarters, the ICC, cricket’s global governing body, said: “The ICC Board supported a recommendation of the ICC Governance Review Committee that it should write to the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka seeking a full and proper explanation of its intervention that prima facie puts SLC in breach of the ICC’s constitution.”

The ESPNCricinfo website reported that the ICC would withold its next financial distribution due to SLC pending the outcome of its investigation into possible government interference.