Champions League news September 18, 2013

Herath barred from CLT20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rangana Herath will not be allowed to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 despite having travelled to India with the Kandurata Maroons, because he was not part of the Kandurata squad in the Super Fours domestic tournament, the Champions League technical committee has ruled.

"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Rangana Herath's inclusion as a replacement to Injured Dhammika Prasad has been rejected by the Technical Committee of CLT 20, due to the fact that the technical committee was not convinced that Rangana Herath was in the original squad of the Kandurata Maroons," an SLC statement said.

Herath did not play for any of the teams during the Super Fours tournament, but in an SLC release on August 8, he had been named in the Uthura Yellows squad. He was not part of Kandurata's original 15 to travel to India, but had been a last-minute inclusion after fast bowler Dhammika Prasad picked up an injury.

Kandurata are yet to name an official replacement for Prasad. The team lost their first match in the tournament qualifiers by eight wickets.

However, South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was registered as a Dolphins player at the time of South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition, is currently in India as part of the Lions squad. He switched over to Lions in May, after the domestic season ended.

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  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    This matter was raised by a Sri Lankan viewer in a TV interview from chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya He also told that Herath was not in any of the Sri Lankan franchise teams. But SLC was very well aware he was in Uthura Yellows.

  • Jai on September 19, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: What I am talking about is that the Srilanka board created this tournament just to send a team, and to send the strongest team possible; they seem to be treating Kandurata not as a franchise but as a Srilanka side. This is why the whole national pride issue was raised to get Sanga to play. So after a 4 team tournament, created to ensure the talent pool isn't divided, they added a player who didn't play a single game for that team and wasn't listed as a Maroons player. It's clear they felt that as if Maroons and Srilanka were inter-changeable, and notably even commentators slipped up slightly occasionally referring to the team as "Srilanka".

  • Johnathon on September 19, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    @ThinkingCricket, what are you talking about? Only IPL/Big Bash/Friend4Life have a lot of international players. Surprisingly, even Otago has Doeschate. Are you going to say that Trinidad is a West Indies Team in a franchise tournament or that Faisalbad is a Pakistani Team in a franchise tournament? The IPL teams in this tournament are too overpowered. I wish they would make a rule that when there is a conflict (one player playing for multiple teams), he MUST take the team that represents his country. That way, more foreigners that just sit on the IPL bench all year will be able to play and the teams would REALLY be balanced. But of course, why would the BCCI change that?

  • Jay on September 18, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Not sure what to make of this decision. Was he always a Kandurata player ? I don't know. Somebody needs to fill me up on that information. IF he is, then he should be allowed to play for his 'home town' team.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Another shameful failure by the administrators of SLC

  • Sundarraman on September 18, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Correct Decision and a good catch... But the only time the techinical commitee erred was when they allowed a MI to field 5 overseas players which set a bad trend...

  • Jai on September 18, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Good decision! This idea of just making it a Srilankan team to play in a franchise tournament needed to be rejected.

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