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ICC shifts 2024 U-19 World Cup out of Sri Lanka to South Africa after confirming suspension of SLC

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In another blow to Sri Lankan cricket, the ICC on Tuesday decided to move next year’s U-19 World Cup out of the island nation and named South Africa as the tournament’s new hosts.

The ICC’s latest decision effectively confirms the suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for political interference following a meeting that took place after the ICC World Cup final between India and Australia.

“The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board met today and confirmed the terms of Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) suspension. After hearing a representation from SLC, the ICC Board decided that Sri Lanka can continue to compete internationally in bilateral and ICC cricket events following its recent suspension for breaching its obligations as a Member particularly the requirement manage its affairs independently and without government interference,” the ICC wrote in a release on Tuesday.

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“However, funding for SLC will be controlled by the ICC and the ICC Board has confirmed that Sri Lanka will not host the 2024 ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup, which will now be held in South Africa,” the global body said .

Sri Lanka’s sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe sacked the entire board led by Shammi Silva after the team bowled out 302 runs at the hands of India in the recently concluded ICC World Cup, only for the decision to canceled by Sri. Lanka Court of Appeal.

Members of the Sri Lankan parliament would also support Ranasinghe’s decision and ask the board to resign.

In fact, it was Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that approached the ICC and notified the government of interference in the running of the sport in the country after it was knocked out at the league stage of the recent World Cup. completed. a forgotten trip.

The SLC and the country’s sports ministry have been in the spotlight for some time. The government accused SLC officials of being involved in corruption and mismanagement.

SLC president Shammi Silva recently warned that the country could lose hosting rights to the U-19 World Cup, which was due to take place from January 13 to February 4, if government interference continues.

In a statement issued on Monday, SLC said, “Although SLC focuses on resolving the suspension issue, it appears that the sports minister is pursuing a different agenda by manipulating the media without pursuing legal avenues to address to bring the allegations.”

“This raises concerns about his intention to influence public opinion and other interested parties to achieve his objective of taking control of SLC by abusing his powers.

“SLC demands a fair and impartial examination of the facts and remains focused on its mission to uphold the integrity of cricket in Sri Lanka and is confident that the truth will prevail in due course.”

With inputs from PTI

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