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ICC Suspends Sri Lanka Cricket Due To Authorities Interference

Sri Lanka cricket group captain Kusal Mendis© AFP

The Worldwide Cricket Council on Friday suspended its full-member Sri Lanka after observing authorities interference within the nationwide board following a tumultuous week. The Sri Lankan parliament on Thursday unanimously handed a decision, calling for the sacking of the nation’s cricket governing physique, with each the ruling and opposition events supporting it. “The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) Board has suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership of the ICC with instant impact,” stated the ICC in an announcement. “The ICC Board met as we speak and decided that Sri Lanka Cricket is in severe breach of its obligations as a Member, particularly, the requirement to handle its affairs autonomously and be sure that there isn’t a authorities interference within the governance, regulation and/or administration of cricket in Sri Lanka. “The situations of the suspension might be determined by the ICC Board sooner or later,” the assertion added.

The decision handed by Sri Lankan parliament amounted to authorities interference and that was sufficient floor for the ICC Board to droop Sri Lanka’s membership.

A sequence of occasions unfolded in Sri Lankan cricket following the group’s disappointing run within the ongoing World Cup in India. Sri Lanka may handle solely two wins from 9 video games and are out of the semifinals race.

The principle opposition get together chief Sajith Premadasa moved the decision titled ‘the elimination of the corrupt SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) administration’ which was seconded by the senior authorities minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

The parliament’s approval got here two days after the Court docket of Enchantment restored the SLC administration headed by Shammi Silva on Tuesday.

On Monday, Sports activities Minister Roshan Ranasinghe sacked the SLC administration and appointed former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga as head of a seven-member interim committee to manipulate the cricket board earlier than the Court docket of Enchantment restored it.

Whereas the parliament was debating the decision, police safety was offered to SLC headquarters.

A number of hundred individuals had turned up close to the premises of the SLC headquarters calling for the resignation of the administration.

The criticism of the nationwide group’s efficiency grew louder when Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 55 within the run chase in opposition to India in Mumbai. Sri Lanka had additionally misplaced badly to India within the previous Asia Cup the place they have been bowled out for 50 within the ultimate performed on September 17.

The primary time the ICC handed a suspension to a full member was again in 2021 when Zimbabwe Cricket was suspended because of authorities interference.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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