Sri Lanka World Cup: Hope ICC suspending SLC does not affect our schedule, U19 World Cup: Skipper Mendis

Sri Lanka skipper Kusal Mendis on Sunday hoped the ICC’s suspension of the nation’s cricket body will not affect the national team’s upcoming matches and preparations for the men’s U19 World Cup here early next year. . Sri Lanka have a busy schedule next year, starting with Zimbabwe touring the island nation in January-February for a limited-overs series. The 2024 men’s Under-19 World Cup kicks off in the island nation on January 13 with 16 teams competing.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been in trouble since the Mendis-led side exited the World Cup, losing seven of the nine matches they played in India.

“We hope the suspension ends soon, which will enable us to practice our future schedule. It will also be good to host the U-19 World Cup,” Mendis told the media. when they came from India.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Sri Lanka, a full member, after seeing government interference in the national board.

The Sri Lankan parliament unanimously passed a resolution, calling for the sacking of the country’s cricket governing body, and was supported by both the ruling and opposition parties.

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. When asked about the tight defeats against India in recent times, where Sri Lanka have been bowled out for less than 100 runs three times this year, Mendis said, “We performed well against them despite being knocked out for 50 and 55,” Mendis. said. India had bowled out Sri Lanka for 50 runs in the Asia Cup final in Colombo in September and again reduced them to 55 all out in the World Cup series.

Following the dismal performance of the team, sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe had on November 6 removed the current management of the SLC and appointed an interim committee headed by former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

The appeal court reinstated the management of the SLC by way of an interim order the following day.

Legendary Mahela Jayawardene, who is a high performance coach, said that the players were not able to carry out the plans discussed as they wanted specific roles given to each of them during the World Cup.

“We have seen a lot of shortcomings and now we want to correct them and move forward,” said Jayawardene, who was part of two World Cup runners-up teams in 2007 and 2011.

The team manager Mahinda Halangoda said that the events related to the cricket administration are a matter of concern for the team members.

“We had a discussion with the players so they wouldn’t have any influence on them,” he said.

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