In a significant move, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has chosen to relocate the Under-19 World Cup 2024 from Sri Lanka to South Africa. This decision comes in the wake of the continued suspension of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board, a decision upheld during the latest ICC meeting in Ahmedabad.
The ICC had suspended the SLC board, citing a “serious breach of its obligations as a Member” due to issues related to autonomy and government interference. Despite the suspension, cricket activities within Sri Lanka will continue without disruption, but the hosting rights for the Under-19 World Cup have been withdrawn.
Cricbuzz reported that the ICC’s decision to maintain the suspension was unanimous, emphasizing the importance of maintaining governance standards within cricket boards. The Under-19 World Cup will now take place in South Africa, marking the third time the country has hosted the prestigious tournament, following editions in 1998 and 2020.
The tournament is scheduled to run from January 13 to February 9. The participating teams include Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA.