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ICC lifts Suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket’s Membership

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has lifted the suspension imposed on Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) with immediate effect.

After monitoring the situation, the ICC Board was satisfied that the SLC was no longer in breach of its membership obligations.

SLC’s membership was suspended in November 2023 on account of government interference, in accordance with ICC’s Articles of Association. The breach was pertaining to 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 SLC Board was sacked in November by the then Minister of Sports, Roshan Ranasinghe, over corruption allegations. However, the Court of Appeal restored the SLC management headed by Shammi Silva and issued a stay for two weeks. Ranasinghe raised his concerns in the Parliament, stating that his life was at stake owing to his “work to clean up the cricket board“. He added that the President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and his chief of staff would be responsible if he were to be assassinated. Shortly afterwards, he was dismissed by the President.