The International Cricket Council has given Sri Lanka Cricket a six-month deadline to hold elections, failing which they will consider SLC membership status.
This important announcement was made at ICC’s annual conference in Dublin, Ireland on July 2.
A representative of Sports Minister Faizser Mustapha, Ashley De Silva and the SLC Competent Authority represented Sri Lanka Cricket at the 75th annual conference.
“The Board agreed to allow a representative of the Sri Lankan Sports Minister to sit as an observer to the ICC Board and Full Council, but requested that elections for Sri Lanka Cricket are held within six months, failing which SLC’s Membership status would be considered,” said a statement issued by the ICC.
Ball Tampering Sanctions
In addition to SLC elections, the board agreed to increase the penalty for ball tampering and introduced sanctions for ‘new offenses’ including personal abuse and audible obscenities.
Players guilty of ball tampering will now be banned for 6 Test matches or 12 One Day Internationals.
After the incident concerning David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, Dinesh Chandimal was hit with a three-match ban, particularly because the appealed against the decision.
“I think the new sanctions create an opportunity for guys to really think twice about doing things like that because it can impact their careers. A lot of lessons have been learned from what happened in Cape Town,” said former Proteas Skipper Graeme Smith at a press conference in Cape Town.
Sri Lanka Cricket Elections
Sports Minister Faizser Mustapha initially decided against the SLC elections and appointed a temporary committee to oversee operations. However, the ICC has reiterated that an election is the only solution for the ongoing situation.
The ICC’s appeal sounds more like a polite request but it’s important that the ministry takes it seriously to avoid any further complications.
The proposed Lanka Premier League has also been postponed and the new dates will be announced at a later date.
Russel Arnold continues to be the tournament director.
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