Sri Lanka reverses decision to sack Cricket board in bid to lift ICC suspension

Posted : 12 December 2023

Sri Lanka's sports minister, Harin Fernando, has reversed the decision to dismiss the national cricket board (SLC) in an effort to lift the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspension imposed on the country. The SLC was initially sacked due to the team's poor performance in the World Cup, but the decision was overturned by a court. However, the ICC suspended Sri Lanka citing government interference, and the country lost its hosting rights for the 2024 Under-19 men's World Cup. Fernando signed a gazette to revoke the decision and is seeking the ICC's input on an audit report into alleged corruption by the SLC during the T20 World Cup in 2022.

 

Fernando's predecessor, Roshan Ranasinghe, had accused the SLC of corruption, leading to resignations and the board's dismissal. An interim committee, chaired by World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, was appointed but faced legal challenges. The ICC's suspension prompted the relocation of the Under-19 World Cup to South Africa.

 

Fernando has also requested the ICC's observations on the corruption allegations. Sri Lanka, led by former England coach Chris Silverwood, had a disappointing World Cup, winning only two of nine games and finishing ninth, missing qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

 

Despite the court order restoring the original board, the ICC suspension remains in place, posing challenges for Sri Lanka's cricketing future and its hosting opportunities in international competitions.

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