Sri Lanka Cricket Suspended by ICC

Again controversy in Sri Lanka Cricket. Sri Lankan Cricket is facing a suspension by the International Cricket Council. They have been suspended due to government interference in running the country’s sports body. SLC membership suspension comes with immediate effect after ICC declared.

The problem occurred when Sri Lankan team faced 302-run defeat to India, where they bowled out for 55. Soon after the loss, Sri Lankan sports minister sacked the entire cricket board. He appointed Ranatunga as the chairman of the interim committee.Though the board was soon reinstated by the court. But the Sri Lankan parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution, calling for the sacking of the country’s cricket governing body, with both the ruling and opposition parties supporting it. The main opposition party leader Sajith Premadasa moved the resolution titled ‘the removal of the corrupt SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) management’.

ICC press release said, “The ICC Board met today and determined that Sri Lanka Cricket is in serious breach of its obligations as a Member, in particular, the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and ensure that there is no government interference in the governance, regulation and/or administration of cricket in Sri Lanka.” ICC also said, “The conditions of the suspension will be decided by the ICC Board in due course.”

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 was not good for Sri Lankan Cricket team. They won just 2 matches among the 9 matchs. In points table they are holding the 8th position. Beside that Sri Lanka batter Angelo Mathews became the first cricketer to be given ‘timed out’ in the history of international cricket. He got out without even playing a single ball against Bangladesh. Bangladesh captain appealed for ‘timed out’. But it became a big issue regarding spirit of cricket. The ICC Board is set to meet on November 21, after which the future course of action is expected to be clearer. Sri Lanka is scheduled to host the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup across January and February 2024. Now the future of it is uncertain.

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