Sri Lanka rejects BCCI request to keep IPL players

Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has rejected a request made by the Indian cricket control board to allow the Sri Lankan cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to play longer.

The SLC and Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage have recalled the Sri Lankan players to return to the country by May 5 to prepare for the tour to England which starts from May 14. The players are due to depart for England on May 10.

Sri Lanka’s cricketers are to play three Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20 against England.

The BCCI has requested the Sri Lankan officials to let the players play at least till May 15.

According to Indian media reports, Sports Minister and the SLC have decided to ignore the Indian request. Sri Lanka’s refusal is seen as a move that could strain the relations between the BCCI and Sri Lanka Cricket.

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who is captaining the Deccan Chargers in the IPL has said that the players will abide by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board’s decision.

In addition to Sangakkara, 10 other Sri Lankan players are taking part in the lucrative IPL season. His former deputy Mahela Jayawardena is leading the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL while Lasith Malinga has been a key player for the Mumbai Indians and Tillakaratne Dilshan is an explosive opener for Royal Challengers.

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