In a significant move, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) with immediate effect, citing government interference in the aftermath of the team’s disappointing performance at the Cricket World Cup 2023.
The Sri Lankan government had taken the drastic step of dismissing the SLC management following the team’s dismal record, having lost seven out of nine games in the tournament.
This suspension comes on the heels of a reinstatement by the court of appeal, further exacerbating the crisis within the country’s cricket governing body.
The ICC Board, in a statement, declared that Sri Lanka Cricket is in serious breach of its obligations as an ICC Member, particularly emphasizing the imperative to manage its affairs autonomously and prevent any government interference in the governance, regulation, and administration of cricket in the nation.
The conditions of the suspension are yet to be determined by the ICC Board, adding an element of uncertainty to the future of Sri Lanka Cricket. The joint resolution in parliament, backed by both government and opposition, had earlier called for the resignation of SLC’s management, highlighting the deep-rooted issues within the organization.
The government’s internal divisions over the decision to dismiss the SLC board of management have further complicated matters. A recent report put forth by the government recommends a complete overhaul of the governing body, proposing a new constitution with a revised voting structure for the appointment of office bearers.
As the cricketing world watches closely, the suspension raises questions about the governance and autonomy of cricket boards in various countries. The fate of Sri Lanka Cricket now hangs in the balance, awaiting the decision of the ICC Board on the specific conditions of the suspension.