ICC shifts U19 World Cup 2024 from Sri Lanka to South Africa
ICC U19 World Cup 2024 will be now played in South Africa instead of Sri Lanka.
In a significant decision, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to relocate the 2024 men’s Under-19 World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa. This abrupt move comes in the wake of the ICC’s recent provisional suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), citing excessive government interference in the board’s administration.
This decision lies in the ongoing clash between SLC and Sri Lankan government, leading to a precarious situation that threatened the hosting of the tournament scheduled for January 2024. Shammi Silva, the president of SLC, had earlier cautioned that the event might be moved unless ICC was convinced that the government was refraining from interfering in the board’s affairs, which is a direct violation of the ICC constitution.
ICC Under-19 World Cup 2024 shifted
ICC board’s unanimous decision showcased the global cricket body’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport despite administrative challenges. Notably, ICC has also stipulated control over annual funding until the suspension is lifted, signaling a proactive approach to address the root cause of the issue.
South Africa emerged as the chosen alternative for hosting the U-19 World Cup, having successfully organized the Women’s U-19 World Cup in 2023 and the Men’s U-19 World Cup in 2020. The country’s track record in hosting such events, coupled with its cricket infrastructure, makes it a favorable choice for ensuring the smooth execution of the tournament.
ICC redirected the men’s Under-19 World Cup to South Africa, the cricketing fraternity will remain focused on maintaining the sanctity of the sport amid administrative challenges. This decision reflects the ICC’s commitment to upholding its principles and standards.