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Sri Lanka file complaint with ICC for 'being treated differently' at ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Published at :June 7, 2024 at 8:18 PM
Modified at :June 7, 2024 at 8:18 PM
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Utkarsh Rathour


Sri Lanka filed an official complaint for being given an unfair schedule at the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Sri Lanka started their ICC T20 World Cup 2024 campaign on a poor note as they lost to the Aiden Markram-led South Africa by six wickets on June 3 in New York. The Island Nation will look to bounce back in their next group stage match when they face arch-rivals Bangladesh in Dallas on June 8 (Saturday).

Ahead of the Bangladesh clash, a piece of news emerged that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has officially filed a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the biased treatment regarding the scheduling the Wanindu Hasaranga-led side are facing in the United States in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

It is to be noted that, along with two-time World T20 champions West Indies, the United States of America is also the host of the global event.

Sri Lanka Cricket has complained to the ICC: Harin Fernando

The country’s Sports Minister, Harin Fernando, said on Friday that their cricket board has officially taken action against the alleged biased treatment in the US and that they have filed a complaint with the apex council.

The Lanka sports minister further added that they have asked for an explanation from the organisers of the T20 World Cup 2024 for the different treatment provided to their team.

Out of the 20 participating teams, only Sri Lanka and Netherlands have all their four group-stage matches in four different venues, which has created a really tough situation for them regarding travel and logistics.

“Sri Lanka Cricket has complained to the ICC. Different countries are being treated differently. We have called for an explanation from the organizers of the tournament,” Fernando told to SL parliament.

Fernando added that their sports ministry has sent an officer to the US to look into the matter. Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said that they stand against injustice and will show support for the complaint made by the SLC.

“We stand against this injustice, we should not allow this,” opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said.

Spinner Maheesh Theekshana had earlier stated, “So unfair for us, we have to leave every day [after the match] because we are playing [at] four different venues. It’s unfair.

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