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Sri Lanka cricket board dismissed

The Sri Lankan government has dissolved the country's cricket board amid claims of corruption and mismanagement.

A government spokesman said a new board would be announced later on Friday.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been run by political appointees on a temporary basis for the past seven years.

The cricket board has debts of more than $15m after co-hosting this year's World Cup with India and Bangladesh. Last month it sought financial help from the government and state bank.

In April former national captain Hashan Tillekaratne claimed that match fixing had been a widespread practice in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992.

'Proper election'

"The board has been dissolved, that is a fact," SLC spokesman Brian Thomas.

"The government have not told us the reason why but this particular interim committee has served its two years. There will be another interim committee appointed this evening."

Under new rules set by world cricket's governing body, national cricket boards must be elected and free of political interference within two years.

A Sri Lankan government official said stability needed to be restored to the SLC before a new board was elected.

"So there will be another interim committee for the next six months before holding a proper election to select the board," the official told Reuters news agency.

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