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SRI LANKA SPORTS MINISTER SAYS HE COULD DISSOLVE COUNTRY'S CRICKET BOARD... FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM

They have lost 21 one-day internationals and won four in 2017

Earlier this week he pulled players off a plane bound for India as he hadn't approved the team selection, now Sri Lanka's sports minister has said he could dissolve the country's cricketing administration for the good of the side.

Dayasiri Jayasekera hauled nine of the Sri Lanka ODI squad off a flight from Colombo on Monday, including captain Thisara Perera, after feeling he had not been given enough time to give the travelling party the green light - a requirement under local law.

Now, with his country's cricket team in the middle of a dreadful slump, Jayasekera is ready to take things into his own hands once more.

Sri Lanka have won just four one-day international matches in 2017, losing 21, and the politician believes he can instigate change, possibly by getting rid of the people currently in charge.

"Give me a little time to resurrect things. I will not hesitate even to dissolve the cricket board if it takes to that," he was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Dayasiri Jayasekera will consider dissolving the Sri Lanka Cricket board

"I can't politically interfere and appoint interim committees. But I am keen to see improvement in the local set up."

There have been allegations of vote buying within Sri Lanka Cricket in the past.

Meanwhile, Jayasekera confirmed that a complaint has been lodged with the International Cricket Council over the air pollution which blighted the third Test against India in Delhi.

Players were taken ill, with several vomiting on the pitch, as smog engulfed the ground in the Indian capital for much of the match.

Jayasekera claimed the ICC told him action would be taken, adding "we can't play like this as four players had vomited".

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