Apr 13, Colombo: Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has asked the Sri Lankan players playing for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to return to the country by May 5 to prepare for the tour to England.
Minister Aluthgamage has issued a stern warning to take disciplinary action against the players if they do not return in time for practice to prepare for the tour.
“On a recommendation made by the national selection committee I have instructed the secretary of the board to inform the players to return by at least the 5th of May to prepare for the tour,” Aluthgamage said Tuesday.
Eleven Sri Lankan national cricketers are playing for the IPL teams and two of the ten IPL teams, Deccan Chargers, and the new team Kochi Tuskers are respectively led by former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena.
Lasith Malinga has been a key player for the Mumbai Indians in their two victories while Tillakaratne Dilshan is an explosive opener for Royal Challengers.
Angelo Mathews of Pune Warriors, Suraj Randiv and Nuwan Kulasekara of Chennai Super Kings, Thisara Perera of Kochi Tuskers and Nuwan Pradeep of Royal Challengers are the other national team players in the IPL. Muttiah Muralitharan who plays for Kochi Tuskers in the IPL has retired from the international cricket.
Indian media reported that a host of Australian players will, however, join their IPL teams this week after the ODI series against Bangladesh.