U19 World Cup: ICC moves event out of Sri Lanka

U19 World Cup: ICC moves event out of Sri Lanka to South Africa

by Zulfick Farzan 21-11-2023 | 5:20 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has confirmed the terms of the suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

"After hearing representation from SLC, the ICC Board decided that Sri Lanka can continue to compete internationally both in bilateral cricket and ICC events after being suspended recently for breaching its obligations as a Member in particular the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and without government interference," said a press statement on Tuesday (21). 

However, funding to SLC will be controlled by the ICC and the ICC Board confirmed Sri Lanka will no longer host the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024, which will now be held in South Africa, it confirmed. 

Sri Lanka has lost the right to host the 2023 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, said the country's Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera on Tuesday (21) in parliament. 

"This affects us economically as well," said the Minister, while noting that this move also takes away the opportunity for youth cricketers to shine.