ICC Suspends Sri Lanka Cricket’s Membership: Immediate Impact Due to ‘Government Interference’

ICC Suspends Sri Lanka Cricket’s Membership: Immediate Impact Due to 'Government Interference'

In a significant move, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board has announced the suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership, effective immediately. The global governing body, in a concise press release, highlighted the gravity of the situation, citing serious breaches by Sri Lanka Cricket in fulfilling its obligations as an ICC Member.

The specific breach pointed out by the ICC relates to Sri Lanka Cricket‘s failure to manage its affairs autonomously, particularly in ensuring the absence of government interference in the governance, regulation, and administration of cricket within the country.

The conditions and ramifications of this suspension are yet to be determined, with the ICC Board set to make decisions on this matter in due course.

This development unfolds against the backdrop of a tumultuous World Cup campaign by the Sri Lankan cricket team, currently positioned at ninth in the 10-team standings after securing only two victories in nine matches.

Sri Lankan cricket has been embroiled in internal strife, exacerbated by the team’s performance. Earlier in the week, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe dismissed the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) management, appointing former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga to lead a seven-member interim committee to govern the cricket board. However, this decision faced opposition and was subsequently overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Further complicating matters, the Sri Lankan parliament unanimously passed a resolution demanding the dismissal of SLC, drawing support from various political factions. This resolution, originating from the Sri Lankan parliament, appears to have triggered the ICC’s response.

It’s noteworthy that the ICC had previously suspended a full member two years ago when Zimbabwe Cricket faced suspension due to government interference.

The ramifications of Sri Lanka Cricket’s suspension from ICC membership raise questions about the future trajectory of cricket administration in the country and the potential impacts on international cricket engagements involving Sri Lanka. As the cricket world awaits further developments, this suspension marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing dynamics between cricket boards and government influences.

Angelo Mathews Becomes First Cricketer ‘Timed Out’ in International Cricket History

Angelo Mathews timed out

In a rather peculiar turn of events, Sri Lankan cricketer Angelo Mathews etched his name in the annals of cricket history by becoming the first player to be declared ‘timed out’ in international cricket. This unprecedented incident unfolded during the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI World Cup match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

The curious episode took place in the 25th over of the innings, immediately following the dismissal of Lankan batter Sadeera Samarawickrama. Angelo Mathews was slated to be the next man in, yet he encountered a unique issue with the strap of his helmet, leading to a delayed response in assuming his batting position.

Faced with the helmet dilemma, the former Sri Lankan captain took over three minutes to rectify the situation and be prepared to face the upcoming delivery. It was during this unanticipated delay that Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan seized the moment and lodged an appeal, a move subsequently validated by the on-field umpire.

The ruling, based on MCC law 40.1 concerning ‘Timed Out,’ stipulates that a batter must be ready to receive the next ball within three minutes of a player’s dismissal or retirement. Angelo Mathews, despite the substitute’s attempt to provide him with the correct helmet, was ultimately declared out.

In the aftermath of this extraordinary turn of events, Angelo Mathews engaged in an animated discussion with the umpire and sought to convey his side of the story to Shakib Al Hasan. Nevertheless, his efforts proved in vain, resulting in the historic ‘timed out’ dismissal, an incident that will surely resonate in the memory of cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

Asia Cup 2023 Schedule: Date, Time Table, Venue, Teams, Team Player List, Point Table

Asia Cup 2023 Schedule: Date, Time Table, Venue, Teams, Team Player List, Point Table
Asia Cup 2023 Schedule: Date, Time Table, Venue, Teams, Team Player List, Point Table

Asia Cup 2023 Schedule: Date,Time Table, Venue, Teams, Team Player List, Point Table The Asian Cricket Council has revealed the Asia Cup Group-wise Team and Time Table. Two countries, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will host the Asia Cup 2023 Cup. The Asia Cup 2023 will feature teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal. The ACC has resolved the issue of the location for the Indian cricket team’s matches. From August 30th to September 17th, 2023, a 13-match tournament will be held.

The Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 30 to September 17. During the tournament, a total of 13 matches will be played. In Group A, Pakistan, India, and Nepal will compete against each other, while Group B consists of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

One of the most anticipated matches of the tournament will be the encounter between India and Pakistan, which is set to take place on September 2 in Kandy. The grand finale of the Asia Cup will be held on September 17 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

According to the Asia Cup 2023 schedule, India will play Pakistan in Sri Lanka. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has revealed the full-time schedule for the Asia Cup 2023. According to the new hybrid model, four matches will be played in Pakistan, while the remaining nine will be played in Sri Lanka. This page makes it simple for cricket fans to view the Asia Cup Schedule 2023 Team Wise.

Schedule for the Asia Cup 2023

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) proposed a hybrid format for the Asia Cup 2023. Finally, the ACC approved the idea, and the much-anticipated Asia Cup Tournament would be held in two countries: Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The six teams are placed into two groups, according to the Asia Cup 2023 Group Wise Schedule.

Here’s the list of teams for the Asia Cup grouped into Group A and Group B:

Group A:

  1. Pakistan
  2. India
  3. Nepal

Group B:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Sri Lanka

The Asia Cup 2023 will begin on August 31, 2023, and the final match will take place on September 17, 2023.

Asia Cup Time Table 2023

Cricket Event Asia Cup 2023
Council NameAsian Cricket Council (ACC)
Hosting Country NamesSri Lanka and Pakistan
Total Teams6 Teams
Total Matches13 Matches
TeamsPakistan, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
Asia Cup Start Date31st August 2023
Asia Cup 2023 Final Match Date17th September 2023
Schedule Release DateJune Month
Asia Cup 2023 Streaming PartnersStar Sports, Disney+Hotstar
ACC Official Websiteasiancricket.org

This 16th edition of the Asia Cup Tournament is critical for every Asian side as it leads up to the ICC World Cup in 2023.

Full Asia Cup 2023 Schedule (Team Wise)

Here’s the Asia Cup 2023 fixtures with the corresponding dates, day, time, Fixture/teams and venues:

30-08-2023WednesdayPakistan vs Nepal1:30 PM ISTMultan, Pakistan
31-08-2023ThursdayBangladesh vs Sri Lanka1:30 PM ISTKandy, Sri Lanka
02-09-2023SaturdayPakistan vs India1:30 PM ISTKandy, Sri Lanka
03-09-2023SundayBangladesh vs Afghanistan1:30 PM ISTLahore, Pakistan
04-09-2023MondayIndia vs Nepal1:30 PM ISTKandy, Sri Lanka
05-09-2023TuesdaySri Lanka vs Afghanistan1:30 PM ISTLahore, Pakistan
06-09-2023WednesdayA1 vs B21:30 PM ISTLahore, Pakistan
09-09-2023SaturdayB1 vs B21:30 PM ISTKandy, Sri Lanka
10-09-2023SundayA1 vs A21:30 PM ISTKandy, Sri Lanka
12-09-2023TuesdayA2 vs B11:30 PM ISTDambulla, Sri Lanka
14-09-2023ThursdayA1 vs B11:30 PM ISTDambulla, Sri Lanka
15-09-2023FridayA2 vs B21:30 PM ISTDambulla, Sri Lanka
17-09-2023SundayFinal1:30 PM ISTRPICS, Colombo

Asia Cup 2023 Team Squad (Official)

India’s Squad for the Asia Cup 2023 –

The BCCI will soon declare the Indian Team Squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup 2023.

The India team’s (predicted) asia cup 2023 schedule is provided below:

Expected Team (Squad) – Rohit Sharma (C), Shubhman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mayank Aggarwal, Kedhar Jadav

Pakistan Team Squad for Asia Cup 2023

In the last week of June 2023, the PCB will release the Pakistan side squad for the Asia Cup 2023. Keep an eye on CrickFanatics.com for the most recent news and updates.

Expected Team (Squad) – Babar Azam (c), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-haq, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

Sri Lanka Team Squad for Asia Cup 2023

Expected Team (Sqaud)– Mahela Jayawardene, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, W. Hasaranga

Bangladesh Team Squad for Asia Cup 2023

Expected Team (Squad)- Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Mominul Haque, and Others.

Afghanistan Team Squad for Asia Cup 2023

Expected Team (Squad)– Rashid Khan, M. Nabi, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, R.Gurbaz, Fareed Rahmad

Nepal Team Squad for Asia Cup 2023

Expected Team (Squad)– Sandeep Lamichhane, Rohit Paudel, Gulsan Jha, Kushal Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Arjun Saud, Karan KC, Gyanendra Malla, Dev Khanal.

Asia Cup 2023 Points Table

Table for the team standings in the Asia Cup 2023:

TeamMatches PlayedMatches WonLostTieNRRPoints

Please note that the table will be updated as the matches are played and results become available.

How to Download 2023 Asia Cup Schedule PDF Download Online?

  • Visit the ACC Official website or find the Direct pdf link on this page.
  • click on this link.
  • Download the Asia Cup 2023 Schedule Pdf.
  • Check Team-wise Time Table, Venue, Team Fixtures, Match Timing, and Match Umpire.

Direct links to Download Asia Cup Schedule 2023 PDF

Asia Cup Schedule/Time Table 2023 PDFCheck PDF
ACC Main WebsiteCheck Link

Asia Cup 2023 Live Streaming & TV Channels


Star Sports has acquired the broadcasting rights for the Asia Cup 2023 in India and its subcontinent countries, including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, and Bhutan. The matches will be telecasted live on various Star Sports channels, including Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, and Star Sports Tamil.

In addition to television broadcasting, all the matches of the Asia Cup 2023 will be streamed live on the Disney+Hotstar digital platform. Cricket fans from the Indian subcontinent can watch the live coverage on the Disney+Hotstar website and app.

This comprehensive coverage by Star Sports and Disney+Hotstar ensures that fans in India and its neighboring countries can enjoy the thrilling cricket action of the Asia Cup 2023 from the comfort of their homes or on the go.

Pakistan gets Bangladesh & Sri Lanka’s support for hybrid model: Asia Cup 2023

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received support from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for the new hybrid plan for Asia Cup 2023, which is a positive development. The proposal regarding the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has been submitted by Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman. The proposal will be evaluated by ACC President Jay Shah, who also serves as the BCCI secretary, within the next 48 hours before a decision is made. The possibility of India boycotting the tournament cannot be ruled out, given BCCI’s unwavering stance on relocating the entire event.

What proposals does PCB have?

Proposal 1: Pakistan would host all games, while India would play its games at a neutral site.

Proposal 2: The tournament is split into two phases, with Pakistan hosting the first round of matches and India playing all of their matches at a neutral site in the second phase. The final will also be held at a neutral venue.

The proposal has not been seen by me. But nothing has changed regarding our position. The preference is for the tournament to occur at a location that is impartial rather than the UAE. With the kind of heat there, we can’t take a chance on any more accidents. Best suited for the competition is Sri Lanka. We haven’t yet discussed boycotting it in any detail. We’ll make a decision after we have a better understanding of the circumstances, a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.

It should be noted that PCB’s “hybrid” model had been rejected by BCCI. BCCI requested for relocation of the entire venue to a neutral location, with a preference for Sri Lanka. BCCI’s assertions were supported by Sri Lanka Cricket, while PCB’s verdict was upheld by Bangladesh Cricket Board. The PCB issued a warning to cancel the Pakistan-Sri Lanka bilateral Test series.

Asia Cup 2023 proposal Venue to host India matches

The BCCI’s unyielding stance is resulting in a gradual decline in its backing. According to GeoTV, support for the hybrid model has been received by Pakistan from SLC and BCB. The nation of Afghanistan maintained a neutral stance. However, due to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s provision of a bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates in the previous month, it is probable that Pakistan shall receive their backing.

BCCI’s stance on a neutral venue remains unchanged. The BCCI has confirmed that India will not be traveling to Pakistan under any circumstances, including the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. Cricket diplomacy has been employed by PCB as a means of addressing the ineffectiveness of World Cup boycott threats.

An emergency meeting has been scheduled by ACC this week to deliberate on the two proposals. An ultimate determination regarding that matter is anticipated to be made by the conclusion of the current month. BCCI remains resolute in its determination to hold matches at a neutral venue.

As you can see, for this to proceed, all 5 countries must agree. The reason we want the tournament completely moved outside is for everyone’s safety given the political unrest in Pakistan. Further insights will be gained during the upcoming meeting with other stakeholders“, as stated by the BCCI official

The tournament faced the possibility of a boycott by Pakistan subsequent to the BCCI’s dismissal of the initial hybrid model proposal. PCB initiated a discussion regarding the potential of a tri-nation series in the event that the Asia Cup is cancelled or if Pakistan decides to boycott the tournament.