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Will ICC reprimand Sri Lanka?

Was it a move in retaliation for ICC’s lukewarm response to SL Manager Ashantha De Mel’s complaint that his team is not treated properly in the tournament (File Photo)

The Sri Lankan cricket team is facing sanctions from the International Cricket Council (ICC), reports from England said on Monday, 17 June.

Sri Lanka’s team management failed to fulfill their media commitments not sending any team representative to the media briefing at the Kennington Oval media room following their game against Australia on Saturday (15 June) thus violating the team’s contract with the ICC, it is reported.

The ICC, though, will first write to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) regarding the matter to ensure there’s no repeat of the incident.

The move was considered a protest by Sri Lanka in retaliation for ICC’s lukewarm response to SL Manager Ashantha De Mel’s complaint that his team is not treated properly in the tournament

It was also reported earlier that dozens of SLC officials are now in England, amid these sour developments, watching cricket in the cold climes of London and the surrounding areas.

SLC released the following media communique on the issue:

SLC on ‘Post Match Conference’

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that, contrary to various media reports, there won’t be any sanctions imposed on the Sri Lanka team by the ICC, over its non-participation in the post-match media conference on Saturday (15th June, 2019) following the World Cup game played against Australia.

Sri Lanka Cricket discussed the ‘Saturday’s Incident’ with the ICC and assured that a similar situation will not occur going forward in the tournament.

The SLC also advised the team management to comply with the obligations, a participating team has to adhere during the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Digital Audio Commentary

Sri Lanka Cricket acquired the Digital ‘Audio Rights’ to live stream the matches of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The rights were acquired covering the Sri Lanka region.

Accordingly, Sri Lanka Cricket commenced live streaming of the matches of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup via the Sri Lanka Cricket’s website (http://www.srilankacricket.lk/live) and the SLC’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/srilankacricket).

The live audio commentary, conducted in Sinhala, commenced with the Sri Lanka vs Australia match played on the 15th June, 2019 and will continue covering all matches including the semi-finals and the final.