Arjuna Ranatunga undecided about his candidature for SLC president's post
The cricketer-turned-politician said political interference is the reason behind his apprehension to contest for the top post of Sri Lanka Cricket, which will elect its new office-bearers next month.
Arjuna Ranatunga is yet to make up his mind whether to contest for the president's post of the country's Cricket Board (SLC) as the World Cup-winning Sri Lanka captain said he will take a decision in this regard by next week.
Ranatunga said on Tuesday that he has been approached by some former cricketers and clubs to run for the top post of Sri Lanka Cricket, which will elect its new office-bearers next month.
But the cricketer-turned-politician said political interference is the reason behind his apprehension to contest for SLC polls.
"In the past, there have been so many instances where politics has got involved with cricket. Since I'm in the opposition, it might get worse if I contest and get elected. So, there is a lot to think about before I decide," Ranatunga was quoted as saying by Chinese news agency, Xinhua.
The captain of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup winning team said he will consider contesting for post only if the ruling government guarantees that it will not interfere in the poll process or even after that.
Ranatunga also said that even though he fears for the future of cricket in the island nation, he will do whatever possible for the survival of the game.
Upali Dharmadasa was elected unopposed as the president of SLC last year in the Cricket Board's first election in seven years.
SLC has announced that the annual general meeting of the board will take place on March 30.