New Delhi (Uttam Hindu News): Amidst the ongoing turmoil in Sri Lankan cricket, another major decision has been taken by the ICC. Sri Lanka has been stripped of hosting the Under-19 World Cup. The ICC Board has taken this decision in view of the administrative uncertainty in Sri Lankan cricket. Earlier, ICC had suspended Sri Lanka Cricket from its board members. The Sri Lankan government had suspended all the members of the cricket board and formed a committee. Former captain Arjun Ranatunga was made its interim president.
ICC has now shifted the Under-19 World Cup. The World Cup will be held in South Africa instead of Sri Lanka. The board also said that the ban on Sri Lankan cricket will not be lifted. Cricket activities will continue there. Cricbuzz quoted an ICC source as saying that the board members had taken a unanimous decision that the ban on Sri Lankan cricket should not be lifted. Cricket will continue in this country as before. Ousted President Sammi Silva participated in the ICC meeting held in Ahmedabad.
The Under 19 World Cup was to be held from January 14 to January 15. Speaking to Cricbuzz, a member of Cricket South Africa said that this event can be organized along with South Africa T20. It is noteworthy that South Africa T20 tournament is also organized at the time of Under 19 World Cup.
It was considered to organize the Under-19 World Cup in Oman and America, but due to better infrastructure facilities, it has been decided to organize it in South Africa. The South African Cricket Board has agreed to keep three venues vacant for the event.