The ICC have released a statement, announcing that they have suspended Sri Lanka cricket's membership with immediate effect on November 10. The decision from the cricket governing body comes a day after Sri Lankan government sacked the entire board on November 9. The 1996 World Cup champions had won only two matches in the nine games they played in the 2023 ODI World Cup edition.
The cricket board was accused of corruption, leading to its dismissal by the Sri Lankan government. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe sacked the entire cricket board following a humiliating 302-run defeat against India in the World Cup 2023. Arjuna Ranatunga, the 1996 World Cup-winning skipper, was appointed as the chairman of the interim board, which includes three judges.
Now, the ICC has announced that they have suspended Sri Lanka's membership with immediate effect as they have breached its obligations as a member. The conditions of the suspension will be decided by the ICC in due course, but it could mean that Sri Lanka may miss the major ICC events, starting with the 2024 T20 World Cup.
"The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership of the ICC with immediate effect."
"The ICC Board met today and determined that Sri Lanka Cricket is in serious breach of its obligations as a 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 conditions of the suspension will be decided by the ICC Board in due course," statement from the ICC.