In a surprising move, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has decided to suspend Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership with immediate effect.
The ICC stated that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has violated its obligations as a member, specifically failing to manage its affairs autonomously and allowing government interference in cricket governance.
The ICC’s statement on Friday night declared, “The conditions of the suspension will be decided by the ICC Board in due course.”
This decision leaves Sri Lanka’s cricketing future in uncertainty. The ICC Board is scheduled to meet on November 21, where discussions about the future course of action will likely take place.
Sri Lanka is set to host the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in January and February 2024. The suspension has raised questions about the fate of this tournament and other international engagements involving Sri Lanka.
In the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, the Sri Lanka men’s team has struggled, winning only two out of nine matches and currently holding the eighth position in the points table. With three more matches to go in the league phase, Sri Lanka faces challenges on and off the field.