IPL says Sri Lankan cricket players issue will be resolved next week

Apr 16, Colombo: The Indian Premier League is hopeful that the crisis Sri Lanka Cricket has created by recalling the Sri Lankan cricketers playing in the (IPL) before the end of the series by May 5 to prepare for the England tour will be resolved next week.

“The BCCI top brass is in touch with SLC and they will resolve the issue,” IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin has told the Times of India.

“It is an issue between SLC and its players who are playing in IPL four. We are expecting that the issue will get solved by next week,” he has said.

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.

“It is up to the BCCI and SLC to negotiate on this. I think the board will start calling (us back). We as players, all we can do is to wait and see what that decision is and whether BCCI and the SLC communicate that decision to us and take a final stance on that,” the skipper said.

Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has asked the Sri Lankan cricketers playing for the IPL 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.

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.

Sri Lanka’s cricketers are ro play three Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20. Duleep Mendis, chairman of selectors, has been quoted as saying that it was important for the players “to report for training and to concentrate on getting used to the change of playing white balls to red.”

Meanwhile, Muttiah Muralitharan who is playing for Kochi Tuskers after retiring from international cricket, has slammed the SLC’s decision to recall the players half way through the season.

“Players will get demoralised because if they go back on May 5 they play half of the IPL and they are going to miss a lot. SLC should have informed the players earlier, then the IPL franchises would understand and everyone would understand,” he has said.

Muralitharan has said that the incident could spark “friction” between cricket boards of the two countries and SLC would lose a lot financially if it antagonises the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).

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