Champions League T20 2013 news

Sangakkara to choose between Kandurata and Sunrisers

Andrew Fidel Fernando and Saadi Thawfeeq

August 26, 2013

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Kumar Sangakkara drives down the ground, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Bangalore, April 9, 2013
Kumar Sangakkara may incur a loss of $140,000 if he chooses not to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad © BCCI

Kumar Sangakkara will have to choose between playing for Kandurata Maroons and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming Champions League T20 in India, after Sri Lanka Cricket have expressed a strong desire for him to represent Kandurata in the tournament. SLC has gone as far as seeking legal counsel on whether they can ask Sangakkara to play for Kandurata, even if it will effectively cost both Sangakkara and the board significant sums of money if he plays for his local team.

Sangakkara had previously said his IPL contract leaves him with no choice but to play for Sunrisers, but CLT20 organisers have since confirmed that players are free to choose, although they must forego 20% of their IPL salary if they do not play for their IPL team. For Sangakkara, who is on a $700,000 annual contract, this would mean a loss of $140,000.

The Champions League rules also state that if a cricketer is a part of two qualifying teams, and does not play for the team from his home country in the tournament, the team he represents must pay his home side $150,000. As the Kandurata team is a direct extension of SLC, it is the board that stands to lose out on these funds.

"My understanding is that there are financial consequences for not playing for your IPL team, but not necessarily breach of contract consequences," Dean Kino, head of business and legal affairs for the Champions League, said. "Under Champions League rules, the player has a choice."

Players who qualify for two teams

  • Quinton de Kock (SA) - Sunrisers Hyderabad/ Highveld Lions
  • Chris Lynn (Aus) - Sunrisers Hyderabad/ Brisbane Heat
  • Michael Hussey (Aus) - Chennai Super Kings/ Perth Scorchers
  • Nathan McCullum (NZ) - Sunrisers Hyderabad/ Otago Volts
  • Dwayne Bravo (WI) - Chennai Super Kings/ Trinidad & Tobago
  • Chris Morris (SA) - Chennai Super Kings/ Highveld Lions
  • Albie Morkel (SA) - Chennai Super Kings/ Titans
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile (Aus) - Mumbai Indians/ Perth Scorchers
  • Kieron Pollard (WI) - Mumbai Indians/ Trinidad & Tobago
  • Samuel Badree (WI) - Rajasthan Royals/ Trinidad & Tobago
  • Kevon Cooper (WI) - Rajasthan Royals/ Trinidad & Tobago
  • Brad Hogg (Aus) - Rajasthan Royals/ Perth Scorchers
  • Kumar Sangakkara (SL) - Sunrisers Hyderabad/ Kandurata Maroons
  • Nuwan Kulasekara (SL) - Chennai Super Kings/ Kandurata Maroons

Players' tri-partite contract with the IPL and the IPL franchisee defers to the Champions League rules on the subject of whether he can represent another team in the tournament. Section 3.1 (h)(i)(iii) states that a player must play for his IPL side in the Champions League, "unless the rules of the CLT20 permit the player to elect to play for another team which has qualified for the CLT20, and the player so elects." Thus, because the Champions League allows him to choose, there is no breach of contract if Sangakkara plays for the Kandurata side.

SLC have maintained that they would like Sangakkara to play for their own team, after Kandurata gained entry to the Champions League qualifiers by lifting the Super Fours provincial Twenty20 trophy.

"Obviously we would prefer him to play for Kandurata," Super Fours director Ajit Jayasekara said. "We have nominated him for Kandurata, but I believe Hyderabad have also nominated him.

"We have presented the playing conditions governing the IPL and Champions League to our lawyers and are awaiting a decision from them. We are following this procedure just to ensure that there is a correct interpretation of the players' conditions. We'll have to wait and see."

Jayasekara also said SLC will be unable to fully compensate Sangakkara for his losses if he plays for Kandurata, but did not rule out offering him compensation of some sort. "We cannot match up to his fee at Hyderabad, because it's not fair on the other players. I can't comment on whether he will get some kind of compensation, because that's an executive committee decision."

The Sunrisers squad for the tournament has not officially been named, but ESPNcricinfo understands that he is in the franchise's plans for the Champions League. Sunrisers has also scheduled Sangakkara in for appearances at functions during the tournament, and he is expected to be part of their advertising as well.

Seam-bowler Nuwan Kulasekara also plays for both Kandurata and an IPL franchise that has qualified for the Champions League. He is unlikely to be picked for Chennai Super Kings, however, for whom did not play a single match this season, thanks largely to the ban on Sri Lankan players in Chennai.

If Sangakkara plays for Sunrisers ahead of Kandurata, he will be vulnerable to criticism from some fans at home, among whom anti-IPL sentiment is readily espoused. Earlier in the year, the board had attempted to cast its cricketers as mercenaries who value financial gain over country ahead of a contracts dispute, and in April, Dinesh Chandimal was praised by sections of the public for turning down a soft offer from an IPL team. Sangakkara is perhaps the most popular personality in Sri Lanka, but even he felt the fallout from the contracts crisis, when he was abused at the boundary by a fan in Galle Stadium, during the first Test against Bangladesh in March.

Sangakkara is presently in the West Indies where he helped Jamaica Tallawahs win the Caribbean Premier League title. He returns to Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by Qa_ankit on (August 29, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Just one question. How about for those players who are playing for three teams.. :P like Gayle, Malinga. They are playing for three three team. How about them. Will they have to pay two team to play for one.?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 29, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

I think that it's a great shame that more players don't play for their "home" team in the CLT20. In fact, has anyone ever chosen the non-IPL team if they had a choice of two? I think that some Indian fans forget sometimes that, if the IPL is the best domestic T20 tournament, it's really only because of the foreign players. If the IPL teams had to stick to two overseas players in the CLT20 like everyone else does then we'd likely see a much more even contest, especially if those who had a choice picked the team from their home country. Mind you, with many overseas players playing in many T20 leagues now, we might see some players having to choose amongst three or even more possible teams. Having said all that, the IPL is a business and the players are paid professionals, so I don't have an issue with either.

Posted by cric_leo on (August 29, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

let sangakkara play for SRH and get the compensation from IPL franchise and distribute that sum equally for other players in kandurata. it will roughly one million rupees for one player. it is hugely beneficial for non capped players in kandurata side and save the purpose of SRH

Posted by Dhushan on (August 28, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Oh this is very interesting. Let's see if Sangakkara selects his home club over money, knowing that he has a choice of playing for whichever team.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Would be a tremendous shame if Kumar Sangakkara does not play for the Kandurata Maroons with the form he is in now.. It would be fair for him if he could be compensated from the Sri Lankan Cricket board in someway although they cannot match the 20% of the fee he is losing by not playing for Hyderabad Sunrisers.

Posted by android_user on (August 28, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

no matter what.. sanga will play for sunrisers..

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

i think the matches should be shifted it will rain in hyderabad

Posted by yohandf on (August 28, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

i have been observing comments on Sangakkara issue . Words like mercenary and patriot sentiments have come up . First we should understand that SLC has already denied players like Sanga getting a fair payment in last month . First they cancelled test vs South Africa (so match fees gone) . Then unable to conduct SLPL . Also they were forced to play short termed Super4 T20 series form which they could not take part initial stage of CPL . Super4 T20 tournament was the poorest domestic T20 series ever conducted ina test country . Participation fees of one match is 4,000 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 30 ) . Prize for Champions is SLR 1,000,000 ( USD 7500 ) which to be divided among 22 persons . We should be respect to people like Sanga and others for playing SL under such ill - treatment by own cricket board .

Posted by maddy20 on (August 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Hope he chooses Maroons and saves SRH. Sangakkar might be a good ODI and Test player but very poor when it comes to T20

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Trinidad & Tobago loses the talent of Pollard, Bravo, Cooper & Badree. This team is chosen form a tiny twin island of 1.3 million. While we have Sunil Narine, it is gong to be tough to win this.

Posted by SLMaster on (August 27, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

There is nothing wrong if Sanga chooses Sunrise. This will at least help SLC with their money issue. I would rather see it goes that way - SLC resolve money issue, than creating more nonsense or cancelled tournaments. SLC can make better use of the money Sanga brings in. SLC is already in a better place because of Sanga already. He has already shown his loyalty to SL. Playing for Sunrise will show more not less by solving SLC money issue.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

wat abt faf duPlessis...titans and csk both r qualified naa..

Posted by WalkingWicket11 on (August 27, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

I wonder what happens if a player chooses not to play for either team. Who has to pay whom? ;)

Posted by vinok on (August 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

What about the jamaica? Don't he has to play with them?

Posted by Master___Chief on (August 27, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Sanga has every right to choose which team he wants to repesent. It is clear that this tournament is between clubs and not between nations. Club cricket is deviced to gain profit and have no national interest in mind. Now when the said team needs the service of the player, they are playing on the national sentiments. How much Sanga have to do to prove his loyalty to SriLanka. Making player feel guilty for thing which is not even the motive of the tournament is not good.

Champions Trophy's aim is make profit and provide good competitve cricket between clubs. With exposing some unknown player to the cricketing glamour. There is no place for national sentiments here.

Posted by Gilliana on (August 27, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Sanga should ignore the consequences and play for his home team. A cricketer must never forget that whatever be his making, he owes it to his country.

Posted by android_user on (August 27, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Im sure Sanga will play for Kandurata team instead of Sunrisers.And anyways Sunrisers doesnt want Sanga,Cameron White did a good job as the captain of Surisers team,and he made Sunrisers reach to the top 4,and Im sure Cammy will do the same in CLT20

Posted by mjrvasu on (August 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Will be interesting to see what Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel and Nuwan Kulasekara decide vis-a-vis CSK. Similar position for other players. I feel the rules for playing in CLT20 should be tighter than what it is, otherwise it becomes yet another story of purchasing power overtaking team loyalty.

Posted by P.BIPULKUMAR on (August 27, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

CLT20 should be recognized as a ICC event & should undertake by the same . It must be a 16 team event like ICCWORLDT20 .There should be a representative team from all test playing nations .So that player who failed to make an IPL team, can try to make his home franchisee into the CLT20 to earn some money.We can take idea from UEFA Champions League football that owns UEFA itself . As an India cricketers how many IPL teams are playing does not matter. It can be 3 or 4 .A team from country means all the cricket lovers of that country will follow the CLT20 .A BPL team means a creation of more viewership than a NZ /WI team . Representing Home team have to make compulsory in CLT20. 16 teams of CLT20 should have 3 teams from India ,2 each from PAK, SA, AUS,ENG,1 each from ZIM,BAN,NZ,&WI.Participation fee can boost few cricket board. We have to make sure no player should follow Jarvis, Ervine, ... We have to be true Dravidian to make sure cricket will stay ..........

Posted by gocool_here on (August 27, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Thanks Otuwa for the clarification. Then in that case, I am really worried for this poor fellow Sanga. This is not exactly his home team and possibly this team will be dissolved after champions league since next year he will be playing for his franchise or home team (if everything goes well for SLPL). So now you guys are putting pressure on Sanga to ignore huge sum of money for a temporary team (not his home team! remember) and also this will be loss for SL cricket board as well as they won't get the transfer money. I know money is not everything. But in this case, this is only between IPL team & a temporary team. Atleast he played more matches for the IPL team!. Anyway, it is going to be a tricky one for him . But I think we should understand his situation & let him take his own decision.

Posted by RobinMama on (August 27, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Who's going to have a bet with me? Sanga will choose Sunrises! rather than his home team! Come on Sanga we need you in Sunrises!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: I think you might be right.And if that happens, the west indies team T&T will lose 4 players!

Posted by -Otuwa- on (August 27, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

@gocool_here-Actually Kandurata Maroons players aren't a members of Kandurata domestic team.But only Sanga plays for both Kandurata domestic team and Kandurata maroons team.Meanwhile he born in Kandurata.Selectors didn't look their domestic teams or home towns for select to these 4 teams.I can give you good example for that.Dilshan is a Western Province player and he played for Ruhuna(South) Reds for this super4 competition.Mahela is a Western Province player and he played for Uthura(North) Yellows team .So these selections weren't based on players home teams or home towns.As a Sri Lankan i like to see Sanga plays for Kandurata.I think home team means-HOME COUNTRY TEAM. :)

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

WELL SAID RAKITHA, we are not foolish fans like other..we should think about the future of the players also.....yes if it is SL VS Franchise team..i'm 100% sure Sanga will chose country...when its comes to CLUBS...we should let them choose their own well know..our srilankan LIONS played Cricket for us without getting paid for almost 2 years...did any brainless bashing fan..come out and paid from his own pocket....(its like we are asking a Employee not to go for overseas training where he can get salary increment after that-and requesting to attend a overseas company TRIP) COMMON guys they are Professional Cricketers...we should think wisely...i will support 100% Sanga on what ever he does...HAIL SRILANKAN LIONS

Posted by Nmiduna on (August 27, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Whatever the decision sanga takes, Sri Lankan fans should bear in mind few important things than just looking at the surface. If he chooses SRH, it'll not only be because he gets a great deal more money, but also because he's in an agreement with SRH not only to play but in their advertising and other functions etc. so it's a big deal to not to play them in CLT20. also kandurata is not a long lasting team he played years for, it's a team which was made to select a representative from SL to CLT20. and also, we have cricket board that use cricketers as scapegoats instead of protecting them and treating them properly, we are way below in that aspect in comparison with boards like ECB. so it's not as simple as it looks at the first glance forks, it's not as simple as choosing between money and country, and i invite all the Sri Lankans to see things with a more open mind, cricketers are the least contributors to whatever the downfall in cricket our country is experiencing at present.

Posted by gsingh7 on (August 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

sqngakarra should play for sl club team, as he was dropeed by sunrisers playing eleven for most of ipl season. hyderabad have 4 better overseas players than him as was proven last year. i hope he chooses country over foreign country as he will have to improve drastically to be included in playing 11 of hyderabad and i dont think he wud be playing in 11 anyways.

Posted by PureTom on (August 27, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

The financial penalty for not representing your IPL team in the CLT20 seems very high.If your IPL team won the CLT20 would the number of games played at the CLT20 come close to 20% of the number of games that the IPL team could play in one year? Also basing 20% of your paycheck on the potential of reaching the CLT20 seems a poor bet as only half of the IPL teams can make it through. I suppose I'm whispering into the wind as we all know that these things are skewed towards the IPL as much as possible, but it's awesome entertainment watching a smaller, lesser known team do well at the CLT20. The Trinidad story has got to be the best CLT20 one so far.

Posted by -Otuwa- on (August 27, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

No doubt and no debate Sanga is the most respected and most loved cricketer in Sri Lanka.This is crucial decision for his entire cricket life.If he choose SRH ahead of Kandurata then he'll miss lot of Sri Lankan fans.Let's see what will happen.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

To Warren Mendes... Hi, First of all why should someone emulate each other. Secondly football as such for English Football League is a joke. EPL specially... You all talk about your expensive leagues... EPL having been such an expensive league cannot produce good players from their own country.... I think they have won only one world cup so far that was also in the back 1960's.. Shame... Where as IPL already has set the standards for the world.. Lastly both the games are different and the duration of cricket leagues are much shorter than Football hence players definately can play more legues in cricket because of the time frames... Don't get me wrong I love Football too but the class of La Liga is way too good than EPL... This can be known from the fact when Chelsea won the Champions LEAGUE last year they themselves were more surprised than anyone else... Thanks to DROGBA not an english player.... cheers

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (August 27, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

I think Sangakkara should choose his home team. He has been an absolute disaster in IPL and I do not see him doing anything better in CLT20 as well. Atleast he will be spared of some criticism by choosing his home team (and failing) instead of choosing a foreign team (and failing).

But CSK seems to have some high profile confusions. Hussey, Bravo, Morris, Albie all of whom have a fair chance to make it to the playing XI.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

I agree with acdw, Sangakara does'nt find a place in Sunrisers team. Actually they were better off without him. Having kept him out for most season it will be just if Sunrisers rather opt him out, it will be a fine gesture

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Hopefully Sanga will play for his home team despite the pay cut. After all, money is not everything in life as the country has given him all the opportunities to build and enhance his career to the level of excellence he has achieved to date.

Posted by Ramesh_Joseph on (August 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

If the Playing conditions for the Champions league are so clearly laid out, why is the Sri Lankan Board going in for legal opinion. Perhaps, they want Sangakkara to play for the Sri Lankan team while at the same time they dont want to lose money. It would be better for Sunrisers also if Sangakkara doesnt play for them as their team was looking much more balanced without him.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

In my opinion, the overseas players of IPL should stay with their home team if their home qualifies for the CLT20 since they grew up and reached this level by playing for their home team and the home team management and the IPL franchise should respect it and allow the player to play for their home team. The IPL team can be allowed to choose another overseas player from the BCCI reserved list. This way, the competition also will be extremely competitive. You can't allow all good players to stay with the IPL team and allow the mediocre home team to play in the competition. The competitive spirit will be lost. So, Sanga, please play for Kandurata instead of Sun Risers.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@Thomas Andrew Blandford

I don't understand why any player should have to play for his home team..This moral obligations are not put into affect in several fields of life why with critcketers or sportsmen in general.. They should be free to pursue what they think is good for them whether it is home team'e love or money..

Personal happiness is much more important than the happiness of some obscure fan who will be willing to abuse you if you make a mistake like playing a bad shot..

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

Well one should know that this is not just a decision about choosing your country . It is also about getting paid as well. No one should blame the cricketers for take a liking towards IPL because our own SLC have often failed to pay the players salaries. So in such case $140 000 is a truck load of money to say no to. Having said that being the competitor Sanga is, I believe he would not like to play in a team where he would have to sit in the dugout more often than not. Yet, it is mighty important to understand the financial standpoint of this dilemma as Sanga is not gonna play forever and he has a family to look after too. So it is not up to anyone to judge his decision, whatever that might be. If he plays for Kadurata that would be great! if not we will still cheer for him when he goes out in SRH ranks.

Posted by KingOwl on (August 27, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Does anybody really care about the Champions' League?? I am a Sri Lankan and I don't care if Sanga plays for his IPL team or the local team. If he does play for SRH, the SL team gets 150K compensation. That is much better, as far as I am concerned. Also, Sanga will get his full pay. If it was at the expense of representing the Sri Lanka national side, now that would be a TOTALLY different ball game. But I don't care two hoots about this useless club championship. So, Sanga, go pick the one you like!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 27, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

If Sanga chooses Kandurata, that's fine. After all, his presence could help the young team and offer them confidence as to taking on some of the best players in the world. As good a player as Sanga is, the Sun Risers won't miss him much. They have other players to fill in his shoes. White is the skipper, Darren Sammy is in fine form, Steyn is the spearhead, and they will play someone like a Duminy in the middle order. So all bases are covered for Hyderabad. They also have some very good Indian players like Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel etc.

Posted by satzzz on (August 27, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

All these anti-IPL criticism are on again. I doubt if this world would crib the same way if a player is qualified for more than one team and none of the teams belongs to IPL. World cricket is jealous on IPL. Come on folks, just breath reality. If you don't want your local stalwarts to participate for IPL teams in champs league, why didn't you stop them from participating in IPL itself. You people wanna make money from the league even leaving(rather dropping) test cricket for your nation but when it comes to t20 club vs IPL team, you start cribbing on IPL again. You should've atleast raised your voices when your national boards dropped test series to allow its players to play for IPL. SL fans should have definitely raised their voice when Malinga surprised everyone by retiring from test matches overnight(which was scheduled 2 years back) to continue playing for his IPL team.

Live with the reality mates.

- An IPL / Indian cricket fan

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Simple decision , 140,000 USD or the country. Money versus The place where you own. It's big time to show you meant your words when you spoke about how much proud you were to represent Sri Lanka when you walk out to the middle.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (August 27, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

whatever team he plays, he will never going to perform. Better to stay with home team.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Sangakkara Should play for the franchise which has a better chance to make it to the main league and ultimately to the play-offs. Though Kandurata is a club/provisional team, not the Sri Lankan national team. The puppets of the SLC should not be given the power to decide what's best for individual players. As mentioned in an earlier article, whatever Kand Maroons win will be accredited SLC's bank account and thats all they are after. Not the welfare of it's players.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

All players should have the option in playing for only 3 league teams maximum.

Posted by gocool_here on (August 27, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

The important question before asking whether Sanga should represent his home team or IPL team is, whether Kandurata Maroons is his home team or not? If I am not wrong, this is just one of the teams made up quite recently by SL cricket board after SLPL was cancelled. And If I am not wrong, Sanga played only 4 or 5 games totally for this team or with this team. May be he played for Kandurata domestic team (based on his cricinfo profile), but is that the same team as Kandurata Maroons? All players (almost atleast) played for Kandurata Maroons are from Kandurata domestic team or this is one of the 4 mixed teams made up just for champions league? May be our SL friends can help me to understand this.

Posted by sams235 on (August 27, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

Having sidelined himself from pretty much all the games of sunrises its only fair if he doesnt play for them. It would be a blessing in disguise. He was awful in IPL.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Sanga has done enough for sri lanka and he should be free to make a living while he is able to do so. BUT if he play for IPL, he would be criticized by ungrateful bastards from all corner of the country. So why not flip the bird at them and boycott the whole tournament as declaring that he needs time to spend with his family.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

I think players should give priority to their home team.Respect is greater than money.Kandrata needs him alot.SRH already have steyn,perera,white,duminy(4 overseas player).Sanga doesn't fit in playing XI.

Posted by shan_abc on (August 26, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Despite the large loss of money, and the fact that Kandurata will definitely lose most of their games; Sangakkara should play for Kandurata for the following reasons.

1) He will be made to look like a real bad person and SL media will haunt him for a long time if he chose sunrisers. There are lot of people still hunting for his head after he revealed the truth(s) about SLC in that famous lecture.

2) Sunrisers probably doesn't have a slot in their playing 11 for Sangakkara. The team dynamics was much better for Sunrisers when Sangakkara was not in.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

I think players should pick their home side instead of IPL teams.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (August 26, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Come on Sanga lets play for your home team..

Posted by CricketChat on (August 26, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I think Sanga should play for Sunrisers. They supported him even when his form was miserable through out this year's IPL. If he does, it will also give a chance to another promising player to play for Kandurata. Sanga's presence alone can lift any team. Sangs has been in better form post IPL, so it will definitely help Sunrisers who had the weakest batting of all IPL teams (at least on paper).

Posted by jimbond on (August 26, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Sangakkara is not exactly a great T20 player. Left to his own, he would choose Hyderabad (He is as mercernary as the next guy), though he doesnt fit in automatically into the Hyd playing 11.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

SLC has cancelled many high-profile TEST matches and TEST series for money, to maximize profits in what they call a 'business' (what we the fans call cricket). It is SLC that cleared the way for players like Sangakara to go play in the IPL, by cancelling key test matches, because SLC benefitted from player earnings. Now this same SLC administration is so adamant that Sangakara plays for his T20 team and not for his IPL team and sacrifice a significant portion of his earnings! The point here is not to argue that the player should show no loyalty towards a local team and make decisions based strictly on their financial benefit. But that SLC cannot expect to create a culture where players are encouraged by SLC to go play in lucrative leagues such as the IPL at the expense of playing TEST cricket for their country and then expect them to show loyalty towards a local T20 team at the players own financial expense.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

This is why the Champions League of Cricket is a joke! If it is supposed to emulate the European Champions League in football, it doesn't, because no football players are signed to four and five different leagues. Imagine a footballer having to choose between Liverppol and Barcelona! In these local cricket franchise leagues all the good players are playing in all the leagues, which really makes the whole thing meaningless if ultimately all the players decide to choose the team that pays them the most money (which will always be their IPL team). So it's IPL teams against a bunch of depleted teams from all the other leagues. In other words, a pointless competition.

Posted by xylo on (August 26, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Let's see what would be the financial benefits of playing for both sides and make a decision. We might talk about emotion and patriotism, but this is a career of a professional who must make the most of his short sport career to support himself for the rest of his life!

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Sangakkara may prefer tol play for Kandurata because I don't see him in playing XI of SRH. As SRH has captain in the form of White it will be better if Sangakkara plays for domestic team. SRH has already back up in the form of Duminy and Sammy so I don't see SRH guys being eager to have Sangakkara on their side.

In my opinion player like Sangakkara should play every match of CLT20. So he should pick Kandurata

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

#SRH Overseas players: Steyn, Perera, Sammy compulsory. One among following(batsman) and two reserved players(One batsman and one bowler/two batsman) Sangakkara/White/Quinton de Kock/Chris Lynn/JP Duminy/Nathan McCullum/Clint Mc kay/Theron. If I am correct, they will select Steyn, Perera, Sammy, Sangakkara, White, JP Duminy. The problem for SRH is less number of hitters. So they may select White or JPD, and offer sammy captaincy if JPD is picked. Selecting a player like sanga and keeping him on bench is not a good idea but Franchise need reputed players for advertisements. If SLC want him, he has to loose 1.4L USD and SLC will lose 1.5L USD.

Posted by mm.alibhai on (August 26, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

I would like Sangakkara and Kulasekera to play for Kandurata and all the players as well who belong to there country domestic teams should play for there teams respectively. Thanks and have a blessed day!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 26, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

I will say with utmost confidence that every single player on that list WILL play for their respective IPL teams. It's simple - better pay, feeling of being in a truly 'international' team etc. Feel sorry for the other teams; but they will be compensated and shouldn't moan about it. Even if these players choose not to play for IPL teams, nobody loses anything. The IPL teams have plenty of stars to make up for those losses. The IPL teams have a mix of brilliant Indian players along with some seasoned international pros. So it's a win-win situation for all parties.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Sanga in prime form these days.He scored heavily against SA,in super fours tournament and now in CPL.So whichever team he plays,he will be a huge influence on the team.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

common let him play for sunrises and it will allow another player from kadurata a chance. we play cricket everyday and it should allow more players to take part. let sanga play for maroons.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (August 26, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

I don't think Sunrisers would want to pay more to get Sangakara. Anyways there is very little chance that sanga will find a place in Sunrisers. As he has never had any influence playing for IPL Teams.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

What about Jamaica Tallawahs?

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Big deal. Pollard was eligible to play for 4 team in CLT20 couple of years back.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 26, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

I really hope he picks Kandurata, and also other players from T&T for example Pollard Narine Bravo also do the same because it will be better for CLT20 and everyone involved. The IPL sides have so many backup stars and options the other national clubs don't have and CLT20 is also an opportunity to give some local Indian players a chance to shine in some competitive cricket !

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