Sri Lanka's cricket board chief Jayantha Dharmadasa resigned his post Monday, the sport's governing body said, amid reports that Arjuna Ranatunga who led the country to its only World Cup success will take over.
Dharmadasa cited personal reasons for his decision, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.
The government appointed businessman Dharmadasa in 2005 to run cricket under controversial circumstances after refusing to recognize an elected committee.
It was called an interim move but Dharmadasa has managed to hold the top post for more than two years because the sports ministry did not hold an election of office bearers.
His resignation comes amid local media reports that Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to its only World Cup win in 1996, will be appointed as chairman.
Under Sri Lanka's sports laws, the minister has the right to suspend, replace or dissolve any sports administration.
Ranatunga played in 93 test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 5,105 runs. In 269 limited-overs international matches, he scored 7,456 runs.
After his retirement from international sport in 2000, Ranatunga entered politics and he is now a lawmaker for Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the main constituent of the ruling coalition.