ICC Suspend Sri Lanka Cricket Board Membership

Sri Lanka Cricket has been immediately suspended from the International Cricket Council Board. On Friday night, the International Criminal Court (ICC) made clear in its statement that the SLC breached their obligations as a member and failed to operate independently from interference by the government.

In its statement, the International Cricket Council stated: “The ICC Board will decide upon conditions of suspension at an appropriate time.”

On 21 November, the International Criminal Court Board will meet, and their future course of action is anticipated to become more apparent.

Sri Lanka will host the 2024 ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup between January and February.

Sri Lanka’s men’s cricket team experienced an unfavourable performance at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, winning just two out of nine matches and finishing with four points overall – leaving them at No. 8 in the table of topics with three league matches remaining to complete in the league phase.

Why the ICC Suspended Sri Lanka Cricket In The Middle Of The Ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023?

Sri Lankan Cricket is in crisis. Their men’s team did not perform as expected at the Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifiers and later on lost to India in the Asia Cup final 2023, which meant they needed to qualify through these qualifiers to participate.

Expectations were high that Sri Lanka would excel under Indian conditions during the ODI World Cup; unfortunately, they never showed their fire during this tournament or gained from the many injuries that plagued them.

Further bad news arose for Sri Lanka as their World Cup campaign concluded with only two wins out of nine matches and the women’s team performance being extremely poor.

To add insult to injury, the ICC suspended the Sri Lanka Cricket Board after witnessing government interference with cricket affairs within Sri Lanka.

In its press statement, the ICC stated they took this extreme measure after viewing government interference with the running of cricket affairs within Sri Lanka.

Today, the International Cricket Council Board determined that Sri Lanka Cricket has violated several obligations as a member, such as operating independently and guaranteeing no interference from the government regarding cricket governance, regulations or administration in Sri Lanka.

Roshan Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka Sports Minister, fired all national cricket board officials due to the poor performance of men’s squad cricket in a league against England.

However, Sri Lanka’s highest court ordered a stay against this dismissal for 14 days, allowing Shammi Silva to continue as Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket.

TrendsMyth reported that Shammi asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to suspend its board after discussing government interference in Sri Lankan Cricket with them online on Friday (10 November).

Shammi is currently in India for the World Cup but will attend an ICC meeting after this tournament is completed in Ahmedabad, according to TrendsMyth’s report.

The Sri Lankan Cricket Board is in disarray due to political disputes that are disrupting day-to-day operations, leading to poor field performances from their team.

At the upcoming World Cup 2023, they must make some vital decisions, including selecting a new captain and the future of current head coach Chris Silverwood; additionally, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board needs to be rebooted to be effective again.

Sri Lanka may also risk their place on the Champions Trophy roster for 2025, as only eight teams from the World Cup 2023 point table after the league phase qualify to play CT 2025, including host Pakistan. 

Sri Lanka currently occupies the ninth position and appears on the verge of missing out; if England and Bangladesh lose heavily this Saturday, Sri Lanka could regain their chances and finish 8th with a better Net Run Ratio (NRR).

Sri Lanka Cricket has joined Zimbabwe as the latest full member to have been suspended in recent years; both were sanctioned in early 2019. 

Unfortunately, unlike Zimbabwe’s suspension, ICC has yet to announce the conditions of Sri Lanka’s suspension; they won’t host any cricket matches between now and December and won’t receive funding from ICC this year either. Next January and February, however, they will host the Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup tournament.

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