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Sri Lanka lodges complaint with ICC over unfair treatment during T20 WC 2024

Sri Lanka commenced their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa in New York, where they suffered a defeat after posting their lowest total in T20Is

Sri Lanka lodges complaint with ICC over unfair treatment during T20 WC 2024 PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lanka has officially filed a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) concerning the treatment of their team during the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, hosted across the United States and the West Indies. 

Srilanka, along with the Netherlands, expressed discontent over the logistical challenges they faced while playing their first-round matches at four different venues: New York, Dallas, Florida, and St. Lucia.

Following their warm-up match against Ireland, the Sri Lankan team encountered significant delays and inconvenience at the Florida airport, where they were stranded for seven hours before finally reaching New York. This delay forced them to cancel a crucial training session, impacting their preparation for the tournament.

Confirming the formal complaint lodged by Sri Lanka Cricket, the country's Sports Minister, Harin Fernando, highlighted the unequal treatment meted out to different participating teams. Fernando emphasized the need for transparency and fairness in the tournament's organization, urging the ICC to provide an explanation for the discrepancies.

"Sri Lanka Cricket has complained to the ICC,” Fernando told parliament on Friday. “Different countries are being treated differently. We have called for an explanation from the organisers of the tournament," Fernando said.

Sajith Premadasa, the opposition leader in the Sri Lankan parliament, voiced solidarity with the national cricket team, expressing dismay over the perceived mistreatment they endured. He emphasized the unanimous support of parliamentarians for the team's cause and called for accountability from tournament organizers.

Sri Lanka commenced their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa in New York, where they suffered a defeat after posting their lowest total in T20Is. Spinner Maheesh Theekshana, in a post-match interview, criticized the ICC for the scheduling arrangements, citing the challenges faced by the team due to frequent travel between venues.