Sri Lanka Cricket: ICC suspends Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership with immediate effect

The International Cricket Council Board has suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership of the ICC with immediate effect.

“The ICC Board met today and determined that Cricket Sri Lanka is in serious breach of its obligations as a Member, particularly the requirement to manage its affairs independently and ensure that there is no government interference in governance, regulation and/or administration. cricket in Sri Lanka,” ICC said in a statement.

The conditions of the suspension will be determined by the ICC Board in due course, he said.

The ICC Board is meeting on November 21, after which the future course of action is expected to be clearer.

Sri Lanka is set to host the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup in January and February 2024.

The resolution passed by the Sri Lankan parliament was to disrupt the government and that was enough ground for the ICC Board to suspend Sri Lanka’s membership.

A sequence of events unfolded in Sri Lankan cricket after the team’s disappointing run in the ongoing World Cup in India, winning two of nine matches and finishing with a total of four points. Currently sitting at No.8 in the points table, they have three games left in the league stage.

The leader of the main opposition party, Sajith Premadasa, presented a resolution titled ‘to end the corrupt management of SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket),’ which was supported by senior government minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Parliament’s approval of the resolution came two days after the Court of Appeal reinstated the Shammi Silva-led SLC management on Tuesday.

On Monday, Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe appointed the SLC management office and appointed former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga as the head of a seven-member interim committee to govern the cricket board before it is reinstated by the Court of Appeal.

While parliament was debating the resolution, police protection was provided to the SLC headquarters.

Hundreds of people turned up near the premises of the SLC headquarters demanding that the management resign.

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