Govt Interference Leads ICC to Suspend Sri Lanka Cricket’s Membership

In a press release dated November 10, 2023, it was announced that the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) membership over government interference, with immediate effect.

The SLC was found to be in breach of its obligations as an ICC member, “in particular, the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and ensure that there is no government interference in the governance, regulation and/or administration of cricket in Sri Lanka“. The same is in accordance with the ICC’s Articles of Association.

Last month, over corruption allegations, the Minister of Sports, Roshan Ranasinghe, sacked the SLC board and appointed a seven-member interim committee to govern the cricket board. The SLC management, headed by Shammi Silva, was restored by the Court of Appeal, which issued a stay for 2 weeks. Days after this decision, the Sri Lankan parliament unanimously passed a resolution for the removal of the cricket board.

At a meeting held on November 21, the ICC Board clarified that despite the suspension, the SLC could compete internationally in bilateral cricket and ICC events, but the ICC would control its funding. Further, Sri Lanka has been replaced as the host for the 15th edition of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024. The said event will now be held in South Africa.