Colombo: Upali Dharmadasa, who headed the last of the interim committees which ran the now-dissolved Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), will contest the elections for the top post.
"I will be contesting for the post of president based on my past record of service," Dharmadasa told PTI.
He was the president of SLC from 1996 to 1998 and headed the interim committee which was dissolved last month.
"I achieved a success rate of over 80 percent during my presidency between 1996-98," said Dharmadasa, who has now emerged as the frontrunner in the January 3 election.
His vice-president then, Tilanga Sumathipala, has already declared his plan to contest. Sumathipala was the last elected head of the SLC.
His administration was sacked in 2005, leading to a succession of interim committees appointed politically to run the game. The SLC, after years of interim committee-run administrations, has plunged into a deep financial crisis.
The player salaries and SLC's other payment obligations remain unsettled since the World Cup in April.
The election, for which nominations are currently open, came after an ICC ultimatum that all member countries ought to have elected governing bodies in place by 2012.