The International Cricket Council (ICC) board has approved the men’s tournament to be held next year. Under-19 World Cup Has been transferred from Sri Lanka to South Africa. The ICC Board took this step 11 days after the global governing body temporarily suspended Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) due to government interference. ICC The board, meeting in Ahmedabad, confirmed the suspension of SLC and shifting of this top age-group tournament.
ICC issued a release
The ICC Board member said, ‘The Under-19 World Cup has been shifted from Sri Lanka to South Africa due to the suspension of SLC. Participating countries were informed about this a few days ago after suspending SLC. South Africa also hosted the Under-19 World Cup in 2020. This decision was approved in the IC Board meeting in Ahmedabad.
Sri Lanka Cricket Board has already been banned
He said, ‘Sri Lanka’s bilateral series and domestic cricket will not be affected by this.’ After the national team was eliminated from the league stage of the recently concluded ODI World Cup, SLC itself had contacted the ICC and informed about government interference in the conduct of cricket in the country. SLC and the Sports Ministry have been at loggerheads for some time now. The government has accused SLC officials of being involved in corruption and mismanagement.
Decision taken in ICC meeting
“After hearing the representations from the SLC, the ICC Board has decided that Sri Lanka, after recently being suspended for breaching its obligations as a member, will no longer be a member of bilateral cricket and the ICC,” the ICC said in a statement released after the board meeting. Can continue to compete at the international level in both competitions. The payments to SLC will be controlled by ICC and ICC Board.
SLC President Shammi Silva had already warned the government
SLC president Shammi Silva had recently warned that if government interference continued, the country could lose the right to host the Under-19 World Cup to be held from January 13 to February 4. On Monday, SLC issued a statement saying, ‘SLC is focused on resolving the suspension problem. It appears that the Sports Minister is pursuing a different agenda through media manipulation without taking the legal route regarding the allegations. Its objective is to gain control over SLC through misuse of its powers.