In response to escalating allegations linking him to the crisis in Sri Lankan cricket, President Ranil Wickremesinghe initiated a phone call with Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Tourism Minister Harin Fernando confirmed the conversation during a parliamentary session on Wednesday, emphasizing the President’s concern over the matter.
It is very rare that a head of state would call someone else other than a head of state on a matter concerning the state
Minister Fernando lamented the politicization of the Sri Lankan cricket crisis, fearing its potential to strain diplomatic relations with India. The controversy arose from former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga’s accusations that Jay Shah had orchestrated the downfall of Sri Lankan cricket.
There is no information on the response from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah’s respons
to Ranil Wickramasingha.
Ranatunga, a World Cup-winning legend, pointed to the purported close ties between Jay Shah and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials as the root cause of the sport’s decline.
Jay Shah is an Indian businessman and cricket administrator who currently serves as the Honorary Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). He is the youngest person to hold the position of BCCI secretary.