Jan 03, Colombo: Upali Dharmadasa, a former President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was elected unopposed today to head the cash-strapped cricket governing body of Sri Lanka at the elections held after seven years of managing with interim committees.
Dharmadasa was elected along with his team at the elections held this morning at the National Sport Academy with the voting by 147 members representing 85 sport associations in the country.
Nishantha Ranatunga who had the backing of Dharmadasa was voted in uncontested as secretary and Nuski Mohamed was elected as treasurer.
A member of Dharmadasa’s team has told ESPNcricinfo since Sri Lankan cricket is in a tough situation, they intended to support the new committee and work together for the progress of Sri Lankan cricket.
Dharmadasa headed the interim committee, most recently until it was dissolved by the Sports Minister on November 14.
The SLC is in debt of about US$ 3.25 million after co-hosting the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The SLC built two new stadia in Pallekele and Hambantota and renovated the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the World Cup.