ICC releases funds worth $11.5 million to Sri Lanka cricket

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Colombo: The Sri Lanka cricket has received a fund of $11.5 crore which was withheld by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for eight months due to a dispute over its administration.

The ICC had frozen the funds after Sri Lanka government had appointed an unelected official to run the sport following a bitter dispute between rival’s candidates, last year.

Sri Lanka Cricket has long been engulfed by graft allegations and in-fighting, with the ICC recently labelling it the most corrupt cricket administration.

The delayed elections were finally held late last month, with Shammi Silva chosen as president.

“Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wishes to announce that following high-level discussions with the ICC, the new Executive Committee of the SLC has successfully secured its due portion of finances from the ICC,” the governing body said.

Former SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala was in talks with the ICC last week over the funding.

Sumathipala was in power for more than two years until early 2018. He decided not the contest again after rival challenged his bid for re-election. But, he decided to back Silva successful candidacy.

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