COLOMBO: Arjuna Ranatunga, captain of Sri Lanka’s victorious 1996 World Cup team, has leveled serious accusations against Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), asserting that he is the root cause of the issues plaguing Sri Lankan cricket.
In a candid interview, Ranatunga alleged that the close relationship between officials of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Jay Shah has created a situation where SLC is subservient to the BCCI.
He further claimed that this connection has given the BCCI the impression that it can exert control over SLC, leading to a dominance that is negatively impacting Sri Lankan cricket.
Ranatunga emphasized that Jay Shah, leveraging his influence, is effectively steering the course of Sri Lanka Cricket, and the resultant pressure is detrimental to the organization. Ranatunga highlighted that Jay Shah’s influence stems from his father, the current Home Minister of India.
“Because of the connection between SLC officials and Jay Shah, they (the BCCI) are under the impression that they can trample and control SLC,” Ranatunga stated, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
“Jay Shah is running Sri Lanka Cricket. SLC is being ruined because of pressure from Jay Shah. One man in India is ruining Sri Lankan cricket. He is only powerful because of his father, who is India’s Home Minister,” concluded the former world champion.
The backdrop to these claims is the recent suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to political interference in its governance.
The Sri Lankan team’s performance in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 has been lackluster, securing only two wins out of nine matches, against Afghanistan and the Netherlands, while struggling against other opponents.