Million dollar windfall for SLC from ICC
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has received an outright grant of one million US dollars (approximately Rs. 133 million) from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to develop infrastructure for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
The tournament will be held in Sri Lanka between September 18 and October 7 this year.
SLC President Upali Dharmadasa told “Daily Mirror” that the grant came as the result of a request they made to the ICC.
“We put the case up and we got an outright grant from ICC which was almost about a million dollars. (It is) not a loan. (It is) to buy the equipment, pitch covers, super soppers. We have made arrangements to order all those. We are doing some infrastructure improvement at the stadiums” Dharmadasa said.
He insisted that it will not have to be paid back to the ICC as it came as an outright grant. He specifically added that it will not be deducted from the dues for hosting the tournament.
“It will not be deducted from our dues. Not a cent will be deducted. We are basically towing line with ICC. We are getting the right kind of situation from the ICC” said Dharmadasa.
Dharmadasa said that every ground that hosts the tournament has to be fully equipped with all required infrastructure as unlike in the 2011 World Cup where there was not enough time to move equipment from one venue to another due to the rapid frequency of matches.
“For the World T20, we have to get the infrastructure in place. They (ICC) have just duplicated the agreement (documented) used for the 2011 World Cup for the upcoming World T20. (But) 2011 World Cup was run in three countries. The World T20 is in one country”.
He explained that the tournament moves from one venue to another rapidly as the whole tournament is to be held in the few Sri Lankan venues, thus leaving no time for infrastructure movement.
“All the matches are in Sri Lanka. So movement from one ground to another with short notice is not possible. We have to have infrastructure and material ready (at every venue)”.
Dharmadasa also revealed that the ICC has settled all dues for co-hosting the 2011 World Cup and added that the expenditure on world cup venues have also been settled.
“We have been given the dues from the World Cup (For) building of the grounds and the dues have been sorted out in a manner which was possible” said Dharmadasa.
Following closely on the heels of ICC’s generosity towards SLC, the local cricket officials have interestingly appointed ICC’s outgoing Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat as a consultant for a lavish payment of 100,000 US dollars (Rs. 13.5 million) for a 25-day period of work to advice the SLC.
Lorgat finished his four-year term as the ICC Chief Executive on June 30 this year and is tipped to take over as the Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa from January 1 next year.
By Channaka De Silva