International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended the membership of Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) due to government and political interference. The cricket governing body announced on Friday.
After a poor performance at the World Cup by the Sri Lankan team, Sports ministry of Sri Lanka appointed an interim committee to review team’s performance. However, Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal intervened, putting a hold on the controversial dismissal.
The ICC Board met today and determined that Sri Lanka Cricket is in serious crack of its duties as a member, the statement read, emphasizing the need for independent management and the prevention of government interference in cricket governance.
The International Cricket Council Board will give elaborated reasoning and report of the decision in the coming days.
Sri Lankan team’s poor performance in the ongoing World Cup, winning only two matches out of the nine group matches. Sri Lanka’s ninth rank among ten teams likely to contribute to the suspension of the team from ICC.
What’s Next for Sri Lanka
ICC will have to give as proper explanation in the coming days. ICC is made up of members from each cricket board around the world. Sri Lanka is also one of them.
Shammi Silva, the Sri Lanka president, is one of the members of the ICC Board. The ICC Board has been convinced to fire a shot against the Sri Lankan government because what the ICC doesn’t want is for member boards to be intervened on by their governments and that has been the case, or the Sri Lankan government has attempted that in the last week. The ICC doesn’t want that to happen.
Silva was ousted briefly by that intervention and then reinstated by the courts, that has convinced the ICC Board to suspend Sri Lanka Cricket as a warning. There are no very serious, tangible, immediate effects for Sri Lanka Cricket itself at the moment.