Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Several hours after the sacking of Sri Lanka Cricket Board’s officials by the sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal quashed the decision and restored the expelled officials on Tuesday pending a full hearing.

As per reports, the court accepted a petition by board president Shammi Silva challenging minister Ranasinghe’s move on Monday to dismiss the Sri Lanka Cricket board and appoint an interim committee.

Board officials said Silva was due to return to work after securing an order that prevented the interim committee, headed by former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, from continuing in office.

Earlier, Ranasinghe had suspended the whole Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board following team’s disastrous 302-run World Cup loss to India last week. He had also appointed an Interim Committee for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), chaired by World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

Notably, Ranasinghe has been at loggerheads with Sri Lanka Cricket, the richest sports organisation on the financially stricken island, for months over allegations of widespread corruption.