IPL 2013 March 31, 2013

Chandimal rules himself out of IPL


Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal has made himself unavailable for the IPL, and has instead planned an intensive training programme to prepare for the Champions Trophy, and a busy limited-overs schedule to follow for Sri Lanka. Chandimal will also take English lessons and media training in Sri Lanka during the next two months, having been named captain in Twenty20s, and vice-captain in the other formats in February.

"Over the next two months, I'll be doing a lot of training," he said*. "I still have a few issues with my technique that need to be sorted out, so I will be working very hard with the national coaches to correct those issues, looking forward to a busy season. I'm also hoping to do some studies, and spend time with family as well."

Chandimal had been approached by at least one IPL franchise, who were seeking a replacement for an injured overseas player, but although no formal offer was made, he has decided to rule himself out of the tournament.

Chandimal had gone unsold in the 2013 IPL auction, and if a franchise had signed him as a replacement, his contract would have been worth his base auction price of $100,000. He is unlikely to have regularly been in the playing XI however, and may have collected significantly less than that amount. Training opportunities may also have been limited during the tournament. In 2012, he was released by Rajasthan Royals midway through the IPL to allow him to return home to train ahead of the home series against Pakistan.

"Chandimal hasn't requested a no objection certificate (NOC), and so he won't be playing in the IPL," Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ajit Jayasekara said.

Thirteen other Sri Lanka players have signed contracts for this year's IPL, but will not play in Chennai, due to political upheaval over the treatment of Sri Lankan Tamils in Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka's next international assignment is the Champions Trophy in June, after which they play a tri-series with India and West Indies, and a home limited-overs series against South Africa, in quick succession.

* March 31, 2013 6.00pm GMT This story has been updated with Dinesh Chandimal quotes

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

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  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Did anyone buy Kushal Perera?

  • sean on April 2, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    wise decision, you've set examples for many

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Yep, he needs to be concentrated for better place in SLC in the future. Though he is a Vice Captain in limited 50 over matches; his performances were down the par comparison to his starting average in SL team. Since he was not picked by IPL auction made him to realize to be outstanding at limited 50 over matches and concentrate more. Appreciated his concern to develop his performing skills. Wish him good luck.

  • Ajith on April 2, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Excellent decision by young chandimal putting country before self and the lure of money which is the root cause of all evi and the eventual downfall of many a good cricketer.Good example to other SL players who are chasing the big bucks instead of standing by the country they represent.Sri Lanka Cricket must have a clear policy and code of ethics probably for cricketers under 30 years with regard to playing in these fancy tournaments so that they are focussed only on playing for the country in test,50 over or 20 over tournaments organized by the ICC or the Sri Lankan cricket board.

  • shahadat on April 2, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    nasir hossain and mushfiq rahim from bangladesh are 1000 times better than chandimal or any other IPL guy

  • daya on April 1, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    anshu.s: chandimal thinks about his standard of cricket. that is why decided to not to play IPL. you campares leagues like ipl and club foot ball. i dont agree with that because in those leagues they play standard football which players can improve their talent but leagues like ipl espacially batsman will improve theirability of smashing, slogging, but they never improve their skill level and technique because original cricket is test cricket not T20. T20 is just for money & entertaintment....

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    rohit bhargava see mate he is not yet established in the national team therefor he did take the right decision ya true in a few years time he'll play in the IPL but he will also hv a future as a nayional player... and also now he was given a base price of $100000 and i personally think he is better player than that and his records proves it...

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    For people that are talking about him being loyal and skipping IPL and all of that.

    He was Dropped and Overlooked from IPL, appointed the skipper for Sri Lankan T20, the controversy for with Sri Lankan cricketers in TN happened, Clarke got injured and THEN Dinesh was offered a place and he refused.

    Same thing happened with Clarke, Michelle Johnson, Ponting etc when they were at the top of their game and refused IPL and berated it. Then, they realized that IPL is a reality and they need to accept it. They are cricketers with roughly 10 years in which they have to earn to sustain themselves for a lifetime. They are entitled to selfish decisions.

  • Asanka Sharmal on April 1, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Chandimal is making the best out of the situation. As it is pointed out in this article it could be best for him to prepare for the next series compared to what he will gain from the IPL (base fee, sitting on the bench and traveling around India). Comparing his action and claiming it be a case of putting country before money is unfair for the other players who are opting to play in the IPL!. If it was not for his technical issues in batting, being around the an IPL team would have improved his English and also his T20 tactics......... You need use the language..... you cannot learn it by just going to class in 2 months!.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Well done Chandimal. That is a great decision - to decide that the country's needs should be given preference over lure of money.