ICC shifts Males’s Below 19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa

The ICC Board on Tuesday determined to shift the 2024 males’s Below-19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa. The transfer, a unanimous choice by the board, was taken as a consequence of the ICC not too long ago provisionally suspending the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as a result of in depth authorities interference within the board’s administration.

The event can have no speedy implication on the each day working of cricket. ESPNcricinfo has realized that the ICC Board agreed that cricket in any respect ranges, together with any bilateral and home collection and tournaments, is not going to be disrupted by the suspension. As for the ICC annual funding, that will be managed till the suspension is lifted.

In a media launch, the ICC confirmed shifting the match to South Africa having heard the SLC. “After listening to illustration from SLC, the ICC Board determined that Sri Lanka can proceed to compete internationally each in bilateral cricket and ICC occasions after being suspended not too long ago for breaching its obligations as a Member particularly the requirement to handle its affairs autonomously and with out authorities interference.”

Shammi Silva, SLC president, had not too long ago warned that the biennial match, scheduled in January 2024 was in peril of being moved overseas until the ICC was happy that Sri Lanla authorities was not meddling in board’s working, which fits towards the ICC structure. The SLC and the nation’s sports activities minister Roshan Ranasinghe have been in battle over the previous 12 months, with Ranasinghe making accusations of corruption and mismanagement within the cricket board, whereas Silva and SLC accuse him of meddling with cricket.

Silva additionally notified the ICC in November 2022 of presidency interference which compelled the ICC Board to ask its deputy chairman Imran Khawaja to journey to Sri Lanka to determine the info.

4 cities shortlisted

South Africa has been a favorite for internet hosting U-19 World Cup occasions not too long ago. The nation hosted the inaugural version of the Ladies’s U-19 World Cup in 2023 and the boys’s U-19 World Cup in 2020 too.

The 16-team match, initially scheduled for January 13 – February 4 in Sri Lanka, is more likely to be performed near the identical window. The venues for the 2024 version are more likely to be Benoni, Potchefstroom, Kimberley, and Bloemfontein. It’s understood that South Africa and the UAE have been among the many shortlist of venues the ICC had pencilled in as contingencies in case it needed to be moved out of Sri Lanka. The UAE, although, needed to be dominated out with the ILT20 clashing with the World Cup.

The highest 11 Full Member sides from the 2022 version have certified immediately, and 5 groups – Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Scotland, and USA – have earned their spots by regional qualification occasions. The 2024 version may even be performed in a recent format – with the ‘Tremendous Sixes’ a brand new phase through the second stage of the occasion.

India, with 5 titles, are essentially the most profitable crew within the competitors’s historical past, adopted by Australia with three. Pakistan have received twice and every of England, Bangladesh, South Africa, and West Indies have lifted the crown as soon as. For followers in South Africa, the match now clashes with the SA20 franchise competitors that runs from January 10 to February 10.

Nagraj Gollapudi is information editor at ESPNcricinfo

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