We have ‘unanimously decided to support the paper’, says SLC

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“If we are going to object to their proposals our cricket is going to suffer”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have announced that they have “unanimously decided to support” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia’s revamp proposal.

SLC initially declined to support the proposal put forth by the Big Three as they wanted more time to discuss the new changes suggested.

“The Executive Committee met today at SLC headquarters to converse regarding the revised resolutions forwarded by the ICC at the ICC Board meeting held on February 8 in Singapore,” SLC said. “Subsequent to the committee members assessing the revised resolutions in detail, all members were satisfied with the amendments made in the areas of governance and competition models and thus unanimously decided to support the paper.”

While there were fears that Sri Lanka would be isolated by the BCCI, ECB and Cricket Australia, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has revealed that the Big Three “respect our views”.

“Since we have been very clear and precise in our communications they are respecting us,” Ranatunga said. “They all respect our views and we have a better understanding among each other.”

Ranatunga also brought to light the fact that SLC stand to make $60 million from bilateral tours over the next seven years.

“When you calculate, a series with these three countries will bring us a revenue of $47-48m,” Ranatunga said. “If we are going to object to their proposals our cricket is going to suffer.

“People who talk about principles and all that will not give us the money. We have to make our money from these tours.

“When any other country comes for a full tour we bear the same cost to host them but the returns are very small compared to the other three countries.”

However, Ranatunga is hoping that India deliver on their promise of touring Sri Lanka in 2017.

“SLC is confident that they can go ahead with the tours they have planned so far,” Ranatunga said. “We are in the process of negotiating for more tours with other countries.”

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