ICC suspended the cricket board with immediate effect
The International Cricket Council Board suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership of the ICC with immediate effect on Friday night. The ICC announced that the SLC had breached its membership obligations, which includes the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and without government interference.
According to the ICC, “The conditions of the suspension will be decided by the ICC Board in due course.”
The ICC Board met online on Friday to discuss the SLC situation while its quarterly meetings are scheduled for November 18-21 in Ahmedabad. . After which a decision on the future course of action is expected to be made. The ICC Board is concerned about the government’s interference in the SLC, from governance to finance.
On the other side, few days ago, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe sacked the SLC board. And installed an interim committee headed by Arjuna Ranatung, Sri Lanka’s courts essentially reinstated the board.
Chances to play the champion trophy are looking gloomy
Sri Lanka Cricket has been debated extensively in parliament since then. On Friday, when the ICC suspended cricket in the country, the elected SLC board was in charge.
ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled for Sri Lanka in January and February 2024.
At the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Sri Lanka won just two of nine matches and finished with four points. They sit at No.8 in the points table. The chances to play the champion trophy are looking gloomy for Sri Lanka.
The SLC is the second Full Member suspended by the ICC in the last four years after Zimbabwe cricket was suspended for government interference in 2019. Sri Lanka’s case will be handled more carefully by the ICC than Zimbabwe’s. Where all cricket activities in the country were abruptly halted, in addition to a freeze on funding.