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SL anticipates ICC suspension resolution: Minister optimistic about positive outcome in coming days

Colombo (LNW): Sports Minister Harin Fernando expressed optimism regarding the imminent resolution of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) suspension on the nation, anticipating a favourable outcome within the next few days.

Speaking to the press in Wattala, the Minister sought to provide reassurance amidst a challenging period for Sri Lankan cricket, marked by its suspension by the ICC in November 2023 due to perceived government interference in the sport’s administration.

Fernando’s optimism is grounded in recent discussions with ICC officials, including CEO Geoff Allardice, who visited Sri Lanka earlier this month.

The Minister reported that these interactions were deemed “fruitful,” with the ICC delegation expressing satisfaction with the progress made in addressing the concerns that led to the suspension.

The economic ramifications of the suspension have been considerable for Sri Lankan cricket, resulting in the loss of hosting opportunities for events such as the Under-19 World Cup and the annual ICC conference.

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