Sri Lanka could be STRIPPED of hosting rights for Under 19 World Cup in January after suspension from international cricket over government interference in the country’s cricket board – with ICC to address the issue this weekend

  • Sri Lanka are suspended from international cricket over political interference
  • The country’s ministry of sport sacked their cricket board after the World Cup 
  • They endured a miserable time in India, winning just two out of nine matches 

Sri Lanka could be stripped of the right to stage next year’s U19 World Cup at an ICC Board meeting on Sunday after the country was suspended from world cricket due to government interference. 

Mail Sport has learned that dealing with Sri Lanka is at the top of the ICC’s agenda this weekend, with the prospect of moving the U19 World Cup elsewhere emerging as an additional sanction if their suspension remains in place.

The ICC have to make a quick decision as the tournament starts on 14 January and new hosts would need to be found at short notice if it is moved. 

Sri Lanka Cricket will be represented at this weekend’s Board meetings, but only in an observer capacity.

Sri Lanka’s suspension last week followed complaints from their own cricket Board to the ICC about government interference in many areas including administration, finance and even team selection. 

The country’s sports minister Roshan Ranasinghe had responded to a poor World Cup campaign by sacking the entire Sri Lanka Cricket Board earlier in the week.

In addition to hosting the forthcoming U19 World Cup Sri Lanka are also due to tour England for a three-Test series next summer so the ECB will be monitoring events closely.

Sri Lanka could be stripped of the right to stage next year’s U19 World Cup by the ICC