Sri Lankan players stand for their country's national anthem during the World Cup match in Bengaluru, India, on Thursday. AP
"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 sport's governing body said in a news release.
Earlier this week, the ministry of sport sacked the national board — Sri Lanka Cricket — over the team’s poor performances at the 50-over World Cup in India.
A court decision reversed the ministry’s verdict, but it was still grounds for the ICC to take action.
Sri Lanka is ninth in the World Cup points’ standings after completing the league stage with only two wins from nine games. It still needs the remaining league games to go in its favour to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to host the Under-19 men’s World Cup, starting January.
“Sri Lanka Cricket officials have no moral or ethical right to remain in office,” the minister said in a statement issued on Friday night. “They should voluntarily resign.
The country's 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, 59, has been appointed chairman of a new interim board, Ranasinghe's office said in a statement. The former captain was "the most suitable person to revive cricket."
Dilshan Madushanka's World Cup ends on Thursday with the Sri Lanka fast bowler on top of the wicket-taking charts, the latest highlight in a career, which began in borrowed shoes.
The former Pakistani captain, who has represented 19 teams in the T20 format, scoring 3,698 runs for the national side and 2,398 for the Kings, reached the milestone in 271 innings as opposed to Gayle who achieved the feat in 285 innings.
Brazilian footballer Dani Alves was convicted of raping a woman in the restroom of a Barcelona nightclub in 2022 and sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison on Thursday, which he will appeal.
Affiliated with the Sharjah Women’s Sports Club, the centre is located in the Al Falah area of Sharjah. It is the first of its kind in the country, built in record time to the highest international standards.
Top seed Iga Swiatek stormed into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday. The Qatar Open winner dropped the first game of the opening set but roared back in spectacular fashion, winning an incredible