Big relief for Sri Lanka Cricket Board, ICC lifts ban

The ICC has lifted the suspension imposed on the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. The ICC made this decision on Sunday. The ICC has lifted the ban on cricket in Sri Lanka with immediate effect. The International Cricket Council had banned Sri Lankan cricket due to government interference.

On November 10, 2023, Sri Lanka Cricket was suspended for breaching its duties as a member of the ICC. On November 21st, the ICC Board met and it was decided that Sri Lanka can take part in bilateral and ICC events. But the Under-19 World Cup being played today has been moved to South Africa while earlier it was supposed to be held in Sri Lanka.

The ICC said it was now completely satisfied and the ban was lifted by the Sri Lankan board. The International Cricket Council said the ICC board had investigated the situation and was satisfied that Sri Lanka Cricket was no longer in breach of its membership obligations.

After the ICC’s suspension, changes occurred in cricket in Sri Lanka. The board had made changes to the selection committee. Former team player Upul Tharanga has been appointed chairman of the five-member selection committee. The committee had a total of five people including Ajanta Mendis, Indika De Saram, Tharanga Paranavitana, Dilruwan Perera and chairman Upul Tharanga.

Sri Lanka’s performance in the matches played on Indian soil in 2023 was very poor. Sri Lanka, led by Kusal Mendis, had won only two of nine league games and had to remain in ninth place in the points table.

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