The ICC Board on Tuesday shifted the subsequent yr’s males’s Under-19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa, 11 days after the world governing physique provisionally suspended the cricket physique within the island nation because of authorities interference.
In truth it was Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that had reached out to ICC and notified concerning the authorities interference within the working of cricket within the nation.
SLC and the Sports Ministry have been at loggerheads for a while. The authorities has accused SLC officers of being concerned in corruption and mismanagement.
“The U19 World Cup has been shifted to South Africa from Sri Lanka because of SLC’s suspension. In truth, collaborating nations had been apprised some days again after SLC obtained suspended. South Africa hosted the U19 WC in 2020. The resolution obtained approval at ICC Board assembly in Ahmedabad,” an ICC Board member instructed PTI.
“Sri Lanka’s bilateral and home cricket won’t be affected by this.”
SLC president Shammi Silva had just lately warned that the nation might lose the internet hosting rights of the U19 World Cup, scheduled to be held from January 13 to February 4, if the federal government’s interference continued.
In a press release launched on Monday, SLC had stated,” While SLC focuses on resolving the suspension situation, it seems that the minister of sports activities is pursuing a special agenda by means of media manipulation with out pursuing authorized avenues to deal with the allegations.”
“This raises considerations about its intention to affect public opinion and different stakeholders to realize its goal of taking management of SLC by means of the misuse of his powers.
“SLC requires a good and unbiased examination of the information and stays centered on its mission to uphold the integrity of cricket in Sri Lanka and is assured that the reality will prevail in the end.”