Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roshan Ranasinghe has instructed Ministry officials to call for a written statement from the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee the reasons for not including Chamika Karunaratne to the national team after becoming the man of the series in the last two tournaments and having ranked second in rankings.
Members of Parliament meanwhile noted that there is speculation that during the selection of players to the team, players belonging to a certain religious group are only selected, while rumours are rife that Chamika Karunaratne, who performed well in the past, was not selected as he did not agree with the particular religious ideologies.
These views were expressed at the meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Sports and Youth Affairs in Parliament recently (22) under the Chairmanship of the Sports Minister.
It was also highlighted that officials who went overseas with SLC sponsorship for the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup should be looked into.
The MPs said USD 800 was paid per person daily while non-officials who were part of the tour also received the same facilities.
Furthermore, the MPs said a formal regulation regarding the use of money in conducting T20, T10 and LPL tournaments is necessary with the intervention of the Sports Ministry.
The Minister on a separate note said, Bellwood Aesthetics Resort will be developed as Bellwood Aesthetic Academy to provide the NVQ 6 internationally recognised certification.
The Minister said in addition to existing subjects, steps will be taken to introduce new subjects such as acting, costume design, television and film production technology, and a studio complex with all the necessary technical equipment will be built and steps will be taken to upgrade it to the status of Hollywood and Bollywood film industries in 2023.
The Minister also instructed officials to immediately investigate the demolition of the four-storey building on the 50-acre land where the Bellwood Aesthetics Resort is located by the then chairman during 2015-2019 and to take suitable legal action.
It was also discussed that the turf of the only international level hockey field in Sri Lanka is not of standards due to the lack of proper maintenance.
The MPs expressed their views on the need to reorganize it and maintain it for the future of hockey.
The officials stated that the Asian Hockey Federation has agreed to develop it on the basis that 50% of the financial contribution is made by Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, attention was also directed to the dilapidated synthetic track of the Diyagama stadium, while MPs noted that apart from the Sugathadasa Stadium, there are no tracks for athletes to practice.
It was discussed that the indoor playground of the Maharagama Youth Council has become dilapidated due to leakage as a result of lack of proper maintenance.
The chairman of the Youth Services Council said he is holding talks with the Japanese Embassy to renovate the building, which was built using Japanese aid and technology.
The chairman also mentioned that the Minister has given instructions to use the income earned by the Youth Service Council for its maintenance.