Cricket: Sri Lanka says it had to abstain from ICC vote

COLOMBO, February 11, 2014 (AFP) – Sri Lanka has defended its decision to tacitly support a controversial shakeup of cricket’s world body, saying it was left with no choice after South Africa broke ranks over the move. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa all opposed the revamp of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) governance and structure when it was debated last month.

But Sri Lanka decided to abstain from voting on the move during an ICC board meeting on Saturday, along with Pakistan, after South Africa switched to vote in favour.

Eight of ten Test nations in total approved the plans, despite concerns it gives too much power to the “Big Three” of India, England and Australia.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage accused South Africa of letting Sri Lanka down at the ICC meeting held in Singapore, saying “we had no choice but to abstain”.

“We were banking on South Africa’s opposition,” the minister told reporters in Colombo on Monday.

“When Haroon Lorgat (of South Africa) said they were backing the proposals, we had no choice but to abstain.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Sri Lanka Cricket said “considering the circumstances it was the most appropriate” move.

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