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Monday, 26 February 2024 3.29 PM IST

ICC suspends Sri Lanka cricket board due to 'government interference'

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DUBAI: Following the Sri Lankan government's interference in administration, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership with immediate effect.

This comes just a day after Sri Lanka’s tumultous campaign in the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup in India came to an end with a five-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Bengaluru. In the tournament, Sri Lanka won two while losing seven games to end their campaign in ninth place. This means that their qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy is in jeopardy as they are out of the top eight teams in the points table.

In its statement the ICC said, “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.”

On the very day Sri Lanka’s campaign in the Men’s ODI World Cup came to an end, its parliament unanimously passed a resolution, calling for the sacking of the SLC Board.

The parliament resolution came two days after the Court of Appeal restored the SLC management headed by Shammi Silva on Tuesday, which had been sacked by Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe.

Ranasinghe had appointed former Sri Lanka cricketer and 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga as head of a seven-member interim committee to govern the cricketing affairs in the country in place of the SLC management.

There had been a public outcry in the country after Sri Lanka suffered a mammoth 302-run loss to India on November 2, with many demanding the sacking of the SLC board led by Silva, who was elected to the chairman post in May this year.

Sri Lankan Cricket is the second full member to have its membership suspended by ICC in the last few years after Zimbabwe Cricket was suspended in 2019 for government interference.

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