Sumathipala to attend ICC meeting

Thilanga Sumathipala, the former president of Sri Lanka Cricket, will take up a new formal role as the board's official representative to International Cricket Council this weekend. Sumathipala is scheduled to attend the ICC's executive meeting in Lahore on October 16 and 17.

"The executive committee unanimously decided to request Mr. Sumathipala to attend the ICC executive meeting in Lahore on October 16 and 17," a media release said. "Sumathipala is the longest serving ICC executive board member, who has been handling the most important affairs in the international arena for Sri Lankan Cricket."

Sumathipala decided not to run for a fourth term as board president earlier this year, after an immigration scandal led to him being held in police custody for nearly five months. But he remains a powerful and influential figure in the current administration.

The position as an international envoy had been offered earlier in the year, but Sumathipala, at the time under police guard in a private hospital, turned down the post. He was released on bail in June and has now been handed back his passport.

The immigration case, however, still continues with the next hearing set for later this month. The case revolves around Sumathipala's alleged assistance of Dhammika Amarasinghe, a man implicated in more than 28 murder cases, to obtain a forged passport and travel to London as a cricket board guest in 1999.