ICC moves men's U-19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa.

The ICC on Tuesday moved next year's men's U-19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa, 11 days after the world governing body provisionally suspended the island nation's cricket board due to government interference.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board met in Ahmedabad and "confirmed the terms of the suspension" of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and also the shifting of the age-group showpiece.

The SLC and the country's sports ministry have been at loggerheads for some time now. The government had accused SLC officials of being involved in corruption and mismanagement.

In a statement issued after its Board meeting, the ICC said, "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." However, funding to SLC will be controlled by the ICC and the ICC Board.

SLC president Shammi Silva had recently warned that the country could lose the hosting rights of the U-19 World Cup, scheduled to be held from January 13 to February 4, if the government's interference continued.

Source: www.thehindu.com


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