Entire Sri Lanka cricket board sacked by Sports Ministry after humiliating loss to India in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Sri Lanka lost to India by 302 runs in Mumbai in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.
Following a humiliating defeat to India in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, Roshan Ranasinghe, made a broad decision on Monday, sacking every member of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
Sri Lanka faced India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 2, 2023. India batted first after Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis won the toss. Thanks to contributions from Shubman Gill (92), Virat Kohli (88), and Shreyas Iyer (82), India posted 357/8 in 50 overs. Dilshan Madushanka picked up 5/80 in his 10 overs.
In response, Sri Lanka suffered a repeat of Asia Cup 2023 final and were bowled out for 55 runs. Mohammad Shami took 5/18, while Mohammed Siraj took 3 wickets. Sri Lanka lost by a huge margin of 302 runs. This was the second time Sri Lanka lost to India in ODIs by a margin of over 300 runs. Earlier this year, India inflicted the heaviest defeat ever by runs in ODIs when they decimated Sri Lanka by 317 runs.
Arjuna Ranatunga named interim Sri Lanka board chairman after sports ministry sacks entire board
Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe slammed Sri Lanka Cricket in a statement on Friday, accusing it of being disloyal and corrupted by corruption. He demanded that all board members resign immediately. Mohan de Silva, the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket resigned on Saturday amid fan protests outside the board’s headquarters.
Shammi Silva was chosen as SLC chief in May for his third straight term, which was supposed to last until 2025. However, recent events have altered the landscape of Sri Lankan cricket administration.
Arjuna Ranatunga, who led Sri Lankan cricket team to their only World Cup title in 1996, was appointed as the interim chairman of the board, as stated by Ranasinghe. The committee was formed under the authority of Sports Law No. 25 of 1973.
It also consists of three retired judges, including two women, and former SLC chair Upali Dharmadasa.
Sri Lanka are presently ranked seventh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 points table, with four points earned from seven games. Their record consists of two wins and five losses. To achieve a spot in the coveted fourth slot, Sri Lanka must not only win their last two matches but also have favorable results in other games.