Indian Premier League 2011 April 16, 2011

Murali criticises SLC decision to recall players

ESPNcricinfo staff

IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin has said that the controversy surrounding Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) decision to recall the Sri Lankan players participating in the IPL by May 5 to prepare for the tour of England will be resolved shortly.

"The BCCI top brass is in touch with SLC and they will resolve the issue," Amin 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."

Sri Lanka's cricketers are due to depart for England on May 10 where they will play three Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20. Duleep Mendis, chairman of selectors, had said 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, former Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who is playing for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL, has slammed the board's decision.

"I think the board [SLC] has given them permission till May 20," Murali told a TV channel. "I don't know what happened suddenly. The players were told to come on May 5. It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC [No Objection certificate] till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is wrong.

"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 [of it]. SLC should have informed the players earlier, then the IPL franchises would understand and everyone would understand," he said. There are currently 11 Sri Lankan cricketers, including Murali, involved in the IPL.

Murali said that incident could spark some "friction" between the boards of the two countries. "We have 25 million dollars of debt after the World Cup. You don't have to antagonise India because only when India comes [to Sri Lanka] we make money and survive, so I don't know what's going to happen."

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara who is captaining Deccan Chargers in the IPL, said the players would follow the board's directive. "It is up to the BCCI and the SLC to negotiate on this. What we as players can do is to abide by the decision of our board."

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  • Kanchana on April 19, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    We want TUSKERS to win and DC to be runnersup. SLCB should not call the players till 20th.

  • Nishani Lochna Madhumali on April 19, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    Come on Murali.. this is how Greatest Spinner motivates SL players to paly for the country. Murali has said because of leaving IPL on 5th May, SL players will miss a lot. What they are going to miss is only MONEY. But reaching England 21st March, traveling long hours within the Country & playing Test Match in 26th, do you think they will be fit enough to contribute 100% to the team? NO.. Losing to England may not be a problem to the team. ( as they behaved after losing WC final ). But it's not good for the country & not good for the SLC future. "MONEY is 1st.. COUNTRY is next" This is not a good massage to be given by a Great Cricketer.

  • Benny on April 18, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Murali sounds right to me. He has not bad-mouthed. He has just logically stated the fact and made his comment. As I see the issue, SLC is wrong. They shouldn't have signed the NOC for upto May 20th and change it now. Again, Murali has in a subtle way exposed the danger that SLC might have to face. BCCI may not cancel SRilankan tours but conveniently "REST" the top players - meaning commercial value of the tour will definitely be down. So it goes...By the way, I'm an Indian living in Canada, supporting Team India and CSK. (Just to avoid people thinking I am a Sri Lankan & supporting the Lankan players)

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    SLC should have taken this decision prior to IPL and in that sense SLC should be guilty for that. BUT HOWEVER IT IS THE RIGHT DECISION to take make since always COUNTRY should come first and NOT IPL. Add to that how can they get use to playing in seeming, fast, bouncy conditions so quickly if they are to leave after 20th? Especially when they need to adjust their minds to test cricket from T20.

    @Zaheer Mohamed : it's a shame that you say "there is a moral obligation for each and every Sri Lankan cricketer to dance to the tunes of BCCI". Sure we respect our neighbor country India for helping Sri Lankan Cricket. We are grateful for that and there are many other ways to pay back for their help. But no one need to dance to anybody's tune.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Murali is absolutely right. Didn't the SL cricket board know about the IPL fixtures when they signed NOC??? If the SL cricket board want the players to play red ball cricket, they should have pulled out of the IPL before the start of the tournament. Or else should have informed about pulling out on May5th earlier. Most of the srilankan players are picked only because of their full commitment. I agree that playing for country comes first more than playing IP, but what people above(posts) dont understand is, you shouldn't pull out at the last minute.... Truth be told, IPL is an tournament to make Indian domestic players play well..... But didn't the SLC know this before or it has just got its sixth sense... This decision even makes SLC look pathetic......

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Murali is absolutely correct, IPL is on top of everything because when he started playing cricket at St.Anthony's College, Katugasthota, Sri Lanka it was the BCCI providing infrastructure to Sri Lanka School Cricket. Subsequently when he started playing club cricket, the Sri Lankan Clubs were funded by BCCI and the grounds were maintained by BCCI. So there is a moral obligation for each and every Sri Lankan cricketer to dance to the tunes of BCCI. I think this was the same generousity we noticed in the WC Final from Sri Lankan players including Murali. Hats off LEGEND...

  • Ramesh on April 17, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Murali is right in many ways, but as a player i think we should await and respect board decisions and let the big guys do the talking. Right or wrong let them decide. It seems some teams will undergo major changes, two captains, main wicket taking bowlers, wicket keeper etc... I strongly believe that it would be better if the ICC intervene and reschedule the upcoming tour. Problem solved ooops....

  • Rohan on April 17, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Now that Murali is happily retired, he can afford to make so much noise about the entire issue. I don't think he would've made such a hue and cry had he been playing international cricket.

  • mohommad on April 17, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Murali has stated "I think the SLC has given them permission till May 20," and saying that, he has admitted that he is not fully aware of the actual situation. Then in the same breath, he is quick to condemn the SLC saying "It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is wrong." If the SLC has given the players time till May 20th, it is the fault of the SLC and there is no question or argument about it. In that case, SLC will have to bear the full responsibility for ruining cricket in Sri Lanka as any blind fool can see that they had catered for some vested interests other than Sri Lankan Cricket. True they have talent. But the players also,must remember that the country which has given them all the opportunities,recognition, fame, comes first. By saying the "Players will get demoralised" Murali has summed up the situation beautifully. "MONEY COMES FIRST. COUNTRY CAN GO TO HELL" is the message given by Mr.Murali.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Murali is wrong coz he should not make fuss and follow SLC (we know he has retired but that doesnt make him bishen singh bedi).

    SLC is wrong coz they should not change No Objection Dates without consulting players.

    We know money rules, no two ways about it.

    Hopefully Sri Lanka dont loose their top 4 spot in near future coz of murali retiring and malinga, sanga, jayawerdena nearing retirement.

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