SLC suspension and future of ODI cricket to be discussed in upcoming ICC board meeting

SLC suspension and future of ODI cricket to be discussed in upcoming ICC board meeting

In the wake of the recent suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to government interference, all eyes are on the upcoming ICC board meeting scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad. Among the key topics on the agenda are the future of ODI cricket, the revival of a high-performance program for top Associates and some Full Members, and the potential reinstatement of the 13-team ODI Super League.

The timing of the meeting is particularly noteworthy, as it is set to take place just two days after the World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia. While cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the outcome of this high-stakes match, cricket administrators are gearing up for discussions that could shape the future of the sport.

One of the pressing matters to be addressed is the suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket. The ICC’s decision to suspend SLC has raised questions about the future of cricket governance in the country. The meeting will delve into whether SLC will continue to be the host for the men’s U19 World Cup scheduled for January.

Additionally, the ICC board will finalize crucial points, including the revenue cycle for the 2024-2027 period and cricket’s potential inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. While certain aspects have been settled, there is still work to be done to bring the discussions to a close.

A significant topic on the table is the push for the reinstatement of the 13-team ODI Super League, which was recently scrapped. With a new qualification pathway already approved for the 14-team 2027 Men’s ODI World Cup, the future of the Super League, if revived, could be deferred until 2028.

Olympic cricket will also be a focal point, with discussions on possible qualification pathways. Some boards are advocating for the inclusion of more than six teams (both men’s and women’s) in upcoming Olympics, highlighting the sport’s growing global appeal.

As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the outcomes of both the World Cup final and the ICC board meeting, the decisions made in Ahmedabad are poised to shape the trajectory of international cricket in the coming years.

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