The ICC has confirmed that for the upcoming Under-19 Cricket World Cup, shifting the hosting rights from Sri Lanka to South Africa.
The ICC has relocated the upcoming Under-19 Cricket World Cup from Sri Lanka to South Africa due to the suspension of the Sri Lankan cricket board over alleged authorities interference. As per a Cricbuzz report, the ICC in its ongoing assembly in Ahmedabad and was unmoved from its stance on the suspension of SLC. Despite the suspension, cricket in Sri Lanka will proceed as regular, however the hosting rights had been shifted.
“It was a unanimous decision by the board that the suspension cannot be lifted. Cricket in the country will continue as normal,” a supply shut to the event was quoted as saying within the report.
South Africa, which beforehand hosted the event in 1998 and 2020, was chosen due to its superior infrastructure, regardless of discussions about Oman and the UAE as potential hosts.
The event is scheduled from January 13 to February 9, clashing with SA20’s second version starting on January 10. However, Cricket South Africa assured that each tournaments will be managed concurrently. India, the defending champions, will kick off their marketing campaign on January 14 towards Bangladesh.
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