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Indonesia’s hosting rights for U-20 World Cup, stripped

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Fifa has stripped Indonesia of hosting rights for the Under-20 World Cup.

The decision follows the cancellation of the official draw for the tournament, which was due to be held in Bali last Friday.

The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said Fifa was forced to cancel the draw after Bali’s governor Wayan Koster refused to host the Israeli team.

The U20 World Cup is set to take place from 20 May to 11 June.

Indonesia does not have any formal diplomatic ties with Israel and recently protesters have held marches demanding Israel be stopped from competing in the tournament, in support of Palestine.

Indonesia were awarded hosting rights in 2019, before Israel qualified for the tournament. England’s U20 team is also set to compete.

“Fifa has decided, due to the current circumstances, to remove Indonesia as the host of the Fifa U20 World Cup 2023,” a Fifa statement said.

“A new host will be announced as soon as possible, with the dates of the tournament currently remaining unchanged. Potential sanctions against the PSSI may also be decided at a later stage.”

Half an hour before Fifa’s announcement, PSSI executive committee member Arya Sinulingga said he was “very pessimistic” about Indonesia keeping the hosting rights.

“If we make political requirements in sports, it’ll always be like this. We will be exiled from the football ecosystem.

“It’s very tough for all of us. We’re headed into a calamity in sports. We have to separate football or sports and politics.”

(BBC News)

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LPL terminates Dambulla Thunders franchise with immediate effect

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The Lanka Premier League (LPL) announces the termination of the Dambulla Thunders franchise, effective immediately. 

This decision follows recent developments concerning the franchise’s ownership and the legal issues faced by Tamim Rahman, Founder of Imperial Sports Group.
While the specifics of the charges against Mr. Rahman remain unclear, the integrity and smooth functioning of the Lanka Premier League are of utmost importance. This termination aims to uphold the values and reputation of the LPL, ensuring that all participants adhere to the highest standards of conduct and sportsmanship.

The LPL management is working diligently to address the consequences of this termination and to ensure minimal disruption to the upcoming season.

The LPL remains committed to delivering an exciting and competitive tournament and will take all necessary steps to maintain the league’s integrity and success.

“We are committed to the highest standards of transparency and professionalism and will continue to support all our teams, players, and fans during this transition.” LPL rights holder IPG group chairman Anil Mohan said.

(srilankacricket.lk)

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Dambulla Thunders team owner remanded (Update)

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The owner of Lanka Premier League (LPL) Franchise, Dambulla Thunders, Tamim Rahman has been remanded after being arrested at the Katunayake Airport today.

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has remanded the British citizen of Bangladesh origin, until May 31.


(Previous News on 22nd May, 2024 at 04:48pm)

Dambulla Thunders team owner arrested

A Bangladeshi national with British citizenship, who is also a team owner of the Dambulla Thunders in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), was arrested today at Bandaranaike International Airport.

The arrest was made by the Special Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports at the Sports Ministry, over allegations of match-fixing.

However, the exact charges against the LPL team owner are not yet clear whether it’s related to LPL or any other tournament.

The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption team was present at the Lanka Premier League auction held in Colombo yesterday.

The arrested LPL team owner is expected to be produced before a magistrate’s court today.

(NewsWire)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by NewsWire has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Matheesh becomes most expensive player in LPL history

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The player auction of the Lanka Premier League 2024 commenced at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo earlier today (May 21).

Out of the 420 players, 154 are Sri Lankans, while the remaining players are overseas.

Sri Lanka pacer Matheesha Pathirana became the most expensive player in the LPL history as the player was sold for a whopping USD 120,000 in the auction.

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