Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa Alleges Parliamentary Privilege Violation Over Sri Lanka Cricket's Media Statements

November 20, 2023

In a dramatic turn of events in the Parliament today, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa raised a question of privilege, asserting that his parliamentary privileges have been violated in connection to recent announcements made by the Sri Lanka Cricket. Premadasa claimed that the institute's statements have led to a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of facts regarding the leadership of the Samagi Jana Balawega (SJB).

Addressing the Parliament, Sajith Premadasa highlighted a statement made by the Sri Lanka Cricket, accusing the SJB leadership of presenting information about the institute in a manner that is both misunderstood and misinterpreted. The cricket body expressed sympathy towards individuals unfamiliar with cricket operations, including the workings of international bodies like the International Cricket Council (ICC). The statement further urged critics of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board to approach the matter with intelligence and refrain from making baseless accusations.

Premadasa, visibly perturbed by the developments, stated, "The cricket body is working to ban Sri Lankan cricket, and I say this responsibly." This remark added a new layer of intensity to the unfolding situation, hinting at potential consequences for the Sri Lankan cricket landscape.

The opposition leader called for a thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain the validity of the allegations made by the cricket board. He emphasized the need for transparency in addressing any concerns raised and urged the Parliament to uphold his rights and privileges as a representative.