Cardinal dismayed by state minister’s comment on Buddhist priests

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that he is ashamed of the “so-called” Catholic state minister’s controversial comment against Buddhist priests.

Cardinal Ranjith, addressing a religious event held at the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, pointed out that these politicians are attempting to adopt a secular culture.

Harin requests selectors to resign

The National Cricket Selection Committee could also be revamped by Sports Minister Harin Fernando, who has called for the resignation of all members of the selection committee, following Sri Lanka’s dismal performance at the World Cup in England and Wales.

Zimbabwe cricket suspended over 'political interference'

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, the world governing body said.

The ICC board, after meeting in London, unanimously decided to freeze funding to the national governing body and ban the southern African country's teams from international events.

"We do not take the decision to suspend a member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference," ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement on Thursday.

"What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked."

Zimbabwe's Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended Zimbabwe Cricket last month and installed temporary leadership, putting the national cricket board on a collision course with the ICC.

Zimbabwe's absence at Cricket World Cup 'bitter pill to swallow'

The government-run commission acted after alleging corruption in the administration, but the ICC viewed it as government interference, which is against the world body's rules.

The ICC called for Zimbabwe's cricket officials to be reinstated within three months after which the suspension will be reviewed in October, it said.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the recent 50-overs World Cup in England, having struggled to schedule matches against major teams in international cricket as their financial position worsened.

The country first became a full ICC member in 1992 and enjoyed an impressive run at the 1999 World Cup, narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot.

Croatia and Zambia were also suspended, while Morocco was expelled for failing to meet ICC's membership criteria.

Harin dumbfounded over letter for trying to blame Hathurusinghe for defeat

A group of former cricketers are said to have requested an appointment to meet with the President and Prime Minister to request the removal of Sports Minister Harin Fernando after the Bangladesh tour, it is reported.
There are players who represented the 1996 world cup winning team among this group.

Contacted Singapore PM for Mahendran's extradition - President

President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed yesterday that he had personally spoken with Singapore’s Prime Minister concerning the extradition of Central Bank bond scam suspect former Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. The President said all the respondents in the Central Bank bond scam case have been identified and while some have been arrested, international arrest warrants have been issued to apprehend those who fled overseas.