Sri Lanka misses 2025 Champions Trophy, 9th in ICC World Cup with 2 wins.
Australia’s win dashes Sri Lanka’s hopes; off-field issues trouble campaign.
ICC suspends Sri Lanka Cricket; concerns over cricket’s future.
In a disappointing turn of events for the Sri Lankan cricket team, their hopes of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy were shattered as they finished ninth on the ICC World Cup 2023 points table. The scenario unfolded after Bangladesh’s loss against Australia in the 43rd match in Pune, India, on Saturday.
The Kusal Mendis-led unit had a turbulent World Cup campaign, winning only two out of nine matches and grappling with various off-field issues. The team’s struggles were evident as they concluded the mega event with a resounding defeat against New Zealand in Bengaluru.
Sri Lanka’s fate hung in the balance as they desperately needed Australia to secure a substantial victory against Bangladesh to secure their spot in the upcoming Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Despite a stellar performance by Mitchell Marsh, who smashed 177 runs, Australia managed to chase down the 307-run target in 44.4 overs, falling short of the margin required to alter Bangladesh’s net run rate.
Adding to Sri Lanka’s woes, the team faced significant challenges during the World Cup. Several key players were ruled out of the tournament, and skipper Dasun Shanaka’s absence, compounded by the interim captaincy of Kusal Mendis, further destabilized the squad.
In a shocking development, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership with immediate effect on November 10. The ICC cited serious breaches of obligations as a member, specifically highlighting the failure to manage affairs autonomously and prevent government interference in the governance, regulation, and administration of cricket in Sri Lanka.
The conditions of the suspension are yet to be determined by the ICC Board. This unprecedented move has raised concerns about the future of Sri Lankan cricket and calls for a thorough examination of the challenges plaguing the cricketing structure in the country. The cricketing world now awaits further developments as Sri Lanka grapples with both on-field disappointments and off-field turmoil.
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