SRI LANKA has been suspended from all international cricket activities for “serious breaches” of the rules.
The country managed just two wins at the Cricket World Cup with seven losses to finish ninth on the table.
That prompted the country’s sports minister to fire the entire Sri Lanka Cricket board.
And now the team has been banned from all formats with immediate effect in a crushing blow.
This news also affected England.
Ben Stokes’ Test team is scheduled to host Sri Lanka in a three-match series in England next summer – with matches at Old Trafford, Lord’s and The Oval.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has suspended Cricket Sri Lanka’s ICC membership with immediate effect,” the ICC said.
“The ICC Council met today and determined that Sri Lanka Cricket is in material breach of its obligations as a Member, in particular the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and to ensure that without government interference in governance, regulation and/or management.” cricket in Sri Lanka.
“The conditions of suspension will be decided by the ICC Council at the appropriate time.”
Sri Lankan sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe fired the entire Sri Lanka Cricket board (SLC) on Monday following their dismal World Cup campaign in India.
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An interim committee was set up but a Sri Lankan court effectively reinstated the board a day later in a strange turn of events.
Currently GAME The ICC reportedly punished SLC heavily, citing extensive government interference – including in financial and national team matters.
The length of Sri Lanka’s ban has not been determined, suggesting they are suspended indefinitely.
The ICC met online to discuss the Sri Lankan situation ahead of its next quarterly meeting from November 18 to 21, where next steps are expected to be determined.
Zimbabwe was suspended for similar reasons in 2019.
In similar circumstances, the Zimbabwe sports and entertainment commission replaced the entire cricket board.