The International Cricket Council (ICC) is poised to make a crucial decision on Tuesday regarding the ongoing turmoil within Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The suspension of the Sri Lanka board, allegedly due to government interference, has prompted the ICC to address the matter, particularly concerning the Under 19 World Cup scheduled for January 2024 in Sri Lanka.
While the ICC conducts deliberations, a court in Sri Lanka has postponed the SLC case to November 22, one day after the ICC Board meeting in Ahmedabad. The suspended SLC members obtained a stay on the Gazette notification from the government, which dissolved the SLC and appointed an interim committee led by Arjuna Ranatunga to oversee cricket in Sri Lanka.
Surprisingly, it has come to light that the ICC’s suspension of the SLC was initiated at the request of the SLC itself. In letters to ICC Chair Greg Barclay and other board members, elected SLC chief Shammi Silva urged the ICC to intervene urgently, citing concerns about government interference, threats to elected members, and attempts to divert SLC funds for non-cricket purposes.
The ICC, in its statement on November 10, mentioned that Sri Lanka Cricket is in “serious breach” of its obligations as a member. The conditions of the suspension will be determined by the ICC Board in the due course of proceedings. The ICC’s decision is awaited, and the developments in Sri Lanka’s court case will likely influence the course of action.
The court case in Sri Lanka has been postponed to November 22, and the ICC decision is anticipated to be made on Tuesday.