Former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president and UPFA parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala said that he will not be contesting the upcoming SLC election.
Sumathipala made this announcement during a press conference held in Colombo today (17).
It is reported that new regulations imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) requires elected members to respective cricket boards have no connection to the gaming industry.
However, A report of the defamation case filed by Thilanga Sumathipala against parliamentarian Arjuna Ranatunga had revealed his connections to the gaming industry.
The Ceylon Today reported that Sumathipala had accepted the fact that ‘Sporting Star‘ is a book making business that was associated with his family.
The newspaper also reported that Sumathipala and his family members also owned a leading media company as well as a sports gear company.
According to Sri Lanka's sports law, a person who is associated with the gaming industry, who owns a media company or a sports goods selling company, is not eligible to hold a post in a national sports association.