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Sri Lanka Cricket will appoint an independent
inquiry to perform a preliminary investigation into
allegations of sexual misconduct by officials around
the Sri Lanka women s team, upon a directive made
by the country s sports minister.
The inquiry will begin in the next two days and will
be conducted by a leading female lawyer, SLC CEO
Ashley de Silva said. The inquiry s findings will then
presented to the board s executive committee, who
will decide on whether a full-scale investigation is
"The inquiry would be carried out by one person
- a lawyer - with an assistant," de Silva said. "This
would be only the preliminary investigation. Based on
the report, the executive committee will make a decision
on the way forward - whether we need to have another
committee to carry out an inquiry or not."
Last week, SLC officials had already launched what
they termed an "initial investigation" into the allegations
of sexual abuse that had appeared in the local media.
The reports had alleged that some national women
cricketers were compelled to perform sexual favours
for officials, in order to earn or keep their place in the
national side. That probe, which was not independent,
interviewed selectors, team management and players,
but received "no accusations", de Silva said.
"To be fair by all the parties, it s necessary for us
to carry out an independent inquiry - to clear the
names of some people, if they re not guilty of some-
thing," de Silva said. "So far we have not had any
SLC did not disclose the name of the lawyer who
is set to lead the inquiry, as the appointment has not
yet been made official. She is understood to have sig-
nificant experience in hearing sexual harassment cases.
The inquiry will have free rein over its direction, and
will be carried out over the next week. The executive
committee is expected to move on its findings at their
next meeting, on November 12.
SLC to hold inquiry
into abuse allegations
A day after the Mudgal committee
report was submitted to the Supreme
Court, the BCCI s legal team held discus-
sions ahead of the next court hearing on
BCCI counsel Akhila Kaushik spent
almost the entire day at the board s office
along with officials and lawyers. It is under-
stood the legal team discussed the possi-
bilities that could arise from the Mudgal
committee report, which is likely to be made
public on November 10.
Representatives of four IPL teams also
had separate meetings with IPL officials.
While Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab,
Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians
had detailed discussions with IPL executives,
the other four teams representatives are
likely to meet IPL chief Sundar Raman on
"The discussions were about the residual
matters of IPL 2014," said an executive.
"The good thing is now the BCCI is willing
to listen to the teams perspective instead
of their earlier dictatorial attitude."
The BCCI has deferred the selection
meeting that was to finalise the squad for
the four-Test series in Australia on Tuesday.
Sanjay Patel, the board secretary, said the
decision was made to allow the selectors
to watch two more ODIs against Sri Lanka.
The meeting will be reconvened on Novem-
"Right now, only one match is over, and
we were thinking of involving the other
seniors who are out, or some of the juniors
who are out, but then we came to the con-
scious decision to wait for another two
ODIs because for three games the team is
already there and this particular injury [to
Varun Aaron] required a replacement, which
we have decided," Patel told reporters in
Though he didn t specify the reason for
delaying the Test squad selection, Patel said
the selectors had discussed the possible
team combination for the tour to Australia.
He said he had a detailed discussion with
chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil about
player contracts as well.
The BCCI s annual player contracts
expired on September 30 and the retainers
for 2014-15 are expected to be finalised at
the annual general meeting on November
20. The player grading is decided by a com-
mittee including the BCCI president, the
secretary and the chief selector.
With the Test selection being deferred
by almost a week, the logistical wing of the
BCCI will get less than a fortnight to ensure
smooth arrangements before the team s
scheduled departure for Australia on
November 21. Patel was confident there
would be no hurdles. "We have time. There
is still a fortnight to go for the team s depar-
ture. We have enough logistics supports
and if not we will manage."
Despite Patel s explanation, it turned out
to be a strange day at the BCCI headquarters
in Mumbai. As reported by ESPNcricinfo
on Monday, the confusion over whether
the team for Australia would be selected
continued even after the selectors entered
the office. After spending close to two hours
with his colleagues and BCCI officials, Patel
was the first to leave. The four other selectors
left together after an hour, following the
BCCI s announcement of the deferment
through a media statement.
The announcement was followed by some
news reports linking the selection post-
ponement with the submission of the Mud-
gal Committee report on corruption in IPL
2013 to the Supreme Court, but Patel denied
that was the case. "Selection committee
meeting has nothing to do with the Mudgal
Committee report and we haven t been
restrained by the court in that regard," he
BCCI defers selection
for Australia tour
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