IPL 2013

Chandimal rules himself out of IPL

Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 31, 2013

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Sri Lanka's new Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal, Colombo, February 14, 2013
Dinesh Chandimal will also take English lessons and media training in Sri Lanka during the next two months © AFP
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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

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Posted by   on (April 3, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

Did anyone buy Kushal Perera?

Posted by seantells on (April 2, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

wise decision, you've set examples for many

Posted by   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.

Posted by ajithabey 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.

Posted by wiseshah 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

Posted by dayada 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....

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by Dr.Lakson 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!.

Posted by   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.

Posted by anshu.s on (April 1, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@ Ramesh Dharshana Perera, you have got it all wrong mate plus you are just spreading wrong info , you seem to have forgotten India had a fantastic away record even after advent of IPL in 2008, you are getting carried away by 8-0 thrashing India recieved in 2011/2012 .To say Bangladesh is better than India on away tour is laughable , we have all seen how Pakistan and Lankans have struggled abroad.Most of the 50 over cricket and T-20 is mostly played on flat pitches so i suggest one better be good at batting in flat pitches.You say two months of IPL ruins 10 months of international cricket, you seriously need to follow other sports such as Football where there is club football all season long.Cricket must be only sports where one expect to get paid to represent your country and there is so much of country v/s country cricket. if i was a Sri Lankan my first priority would be to have some spectators in the stadium, apart from T-20 i don't see any crowds watching matches at the ground .

Posted by Majorraki on (April 1, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

@Ramesh Dharshana Perera :India is a mediocre team??Ok yes especially our overseas performance suggest that.Forget Overseas matches Ur team is struggling against Bangladesh IN YOUR VERY OWN HOME GROUND.If it werent for some horrible umpiring decisions in the T20 match Bangladesh would have finished on their all time best overseas high.When was the last time ur Team won anything at all?Dont remember

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Chandimal is the youngest captain to lead Sri Lanka in any format of cricket breaking Arjuna Ranatunga's record. Arjuna hates IPL and both of them are old Anandians. Chandimal has taken a move country before money.I hope he will bring any form of a world cup to Sri Lanka. All the best

Posted by bearface on (April 1, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Its hilarious to see some of the comments on here especially from Indian fans..Chandimal was approached as a cover for Clarkey Chandimal has scored a one day hundred at lords, Twin test fifties on debut vs SA in SA, leading scorer in the CB series in Aus, test fifty in Aus..in his short career so far. Chandimal has handled good pace bowlers on tough wickets and come out trumps.. Something the Indian batsmen can learn from he is better than 99% of young Indian batsmen anyway. He is a future test star does not need to play in the IPL to prove anything. The IPL is where FTB's like Murali Vijay, Gambhir and mediocre jokers like Yusuf Pathan, Ashwin, Jadeja and Nohit Sharma are stars or actually look like decent players. Thanks to the IPL India can continue their tradition of getting whitewashed away from home in tests it will be 11-0 after the SA series. So much for the IPL being beneficial for young Indian Players in t20 the mighty Indian side cant even get past the second round in a WC.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Esahntha - IPL is evil for cricket..it destroys proper cricket and make quality players, flat track slogging experts..Look how pathetic Indian team now.Even Bangladesh is better than them away from Sub continent..We don`t want our team to be like that..the mission is to be no 1 in every format and for that Avoiding ipl is the 1st step..it also ruins two months of cricket every year

Posted by ms2000 on (April 1, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

All Sri Lankan players should follow suit andSri Lanka team should not travel to India for the next couple of years for any match! Thanks Chandimal for taking the right decision. You are a true son of the Island

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

I can see so many people in the comments area being so vexed regarding this article. 1. He is not a mediocre player. He's been known to be a fantastic player, and just like everyone other batsmen out there, oh especially the Indians, cuz you're not God's gift to cricket even if you think so, he's had bad days. Everyone does.

2. His decision to stay at home and prepare for an international series is admirable. He puts his country first and is unfazed by the wealth that comes with the IPL. Kudos to him.

3. The IPL isn't evil, as many people like to believe. It's just another tournament, and it's handled by exceptionally wealthy people. Remember that playing cricket is also a job, and it's not being selfish if one wishes to earn money by participating in said tournament, to a certain degree of course. Ultimately, the country should come first.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Keep a note of this guy.. Going ahead of curve.. Next BIG fella for SL team...

Posted by Narbavi on (April 1, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

@Ramesh Dharshana Perera : If the indian team is mediocre outside our home then what to make of your team's overseas performances over the years?

Posted by amilag on (April 1, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Great decision by young , most talented batsmen. He is a classy player. The money is not everything in your life. There are people who can't bought through dollars! Good lesson to IPL franchises!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

why all these Indian fans are trying to humiliate chandimal now ? yes he wasn't picked up in the auction but he was offered the place of injured M.clarke!! do u Indian fans remember how Gayle was picked up by Royal challengers initially ? he was a replacement too for an injured player. players been bought on current form on matches that's what happened to Gayle but he proved otherwise. Chandimal didn't call for the media for an interview it happened the other way around. He was weighing is own options whether to warm the benches in IPL for a base price or to improve his own technique at home while been with his family.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

It is a good decision from him as he would have been the Tamim Iqbal of IPL 2012. No games, tour the country and return home. With international player limit, don't see him playing any games. Brings me to question SL's selection - why is he the captain with Matthews in the team? I don't see Chandimal in the SL T20 team. Only logical explanation is him taking English lessons.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

Chandimal is getting himself to a Embarrassing Situation.If he doesn't want to play IPL he could have decently rejected the Offers( In First place did he get an offer being a poor T20 player?) and moved on instead of announcing it to the media.

Posted by taniap on (April 1, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

Regardless of whether he was picked or not for IPL, it is great to hear there are cricketers who understand they need improvement and do something proactively about it. I especially like his attitude of training on how to handle media and also language skills - that is great maturity shown in an age most media can influence a player's success off the field.

Indian's need to grow up. IPL may be "The Thing" in India, but money doesn't always talk outside of India (greatest example for that is how most SL seniors played for almost a year without any salary).

Posted by half_blood-prince on (April 1, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Another mediocre player..to SL fans please save some excitement for the upcoming years..next year he will be in the auction and will go unsold. he is a NPA.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Chandimal has experience with IPL last year. He knows what is best for him. Do what is necessary and help yourself to become one of the cricket greats and take Sri Lanka with you.

Posted by Danufur on (April 1, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

The article was good... The comments though are hilarious... Why are so many people taking offense? Whether he didn't get picked by a franchise or not, he is no longer a part of the IPL. Get over it! Comments with some kind of substance are always valued. But the number of keyboard warriors and the professional "book" cricketers are ridiculous.

Posted by spas on (April 1, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

I am really suprised to read our Indian friends' comments on Chandimal's decision although the news clearly says that he rejected offers from at least one IPL franchise.

Chill guys, he did not refuse to come to India at all, just staying out of this IPL, dont take it this much personal and put these derogatory comments.

Posted by Adamgilchrist34 on (April 1, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Good work big man. That's some great maturity shown.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (April 1, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I feel ashamed when I see some Sri Lankans comments here saying that other players should learn from Chandimal. He doesn't have to make announcements to say that he's not playing in the IPL because he's anyway not been bought by any franchise. This announcement is purely because he's trying to build up a fan base around him and to show the selectors, coaches and the cricket board that he's dedicated and loyal to Sri Lanka cricket. Sure the guy is talented but he's not a T20 player at all and that's the obvious reason why he went unsold in the IPL. I don't know how he is in the Sri Lanka T20 team.

Posted by Venki_indian on (April 1, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

LOL..May be Pune or Delhi offered him less than the base price :) Well played

Posted by satishchandar on (April 1, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

There were big guns who were on the same track before.. Punter, Clarke, Mitch, many England players all were saying "Country before IPL" and look at where they are now.. They find themselves in the IPL auction the next year.. See you Chandimal in next IPL auction - as if there will be no international games next year..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

good decision chandimal...it is better to get some practice rather than warming bench in ipl...lol...we shall see how that practice comes off in champions trophy...

Posted by PadMarley on (April 1, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Man! not sure what you are getting at. I just hope this has no political intentions behind this. To me, you are T20 captain of SL, the best place to get solid, competitive T20 experience is IPL. I'd say, go there and get it, even if you don't get paid. Learn what you can, and apply it to the national T20 side.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 1:39 GMT)

Even if he is available, no team is going to pick him.

Posted by ksupun on (April 1, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Nice Information Australian0007 . IPL news say: Chandimal has repeatedly rejected offers from Pune Warriors to fill in the void of the injured Australian captain Michael Clarke and from Delhi Daredevils to replace English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is also injured. so whats more?

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 1, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Well I guess it is also good to take a rest to prepare for the Champions trophy and also Chandimal must improve his English.

Posted by SLMaster on (April 1, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

This is a very good move by Chandimal. SL youngsters don't need to be in IPL. I hope all other youngsters do the same. They can participate IPL after lots has been done for SL cricket as similar to Sanga, Mahela, Malinga, Murali, and Dilshan. SLC should make all youngsters contracted and less than age 25 prohibited from IPL. They are not going to learn anything from IPL and it will riun their careers and SL cricket.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

great step forward to become a great player..that tournament ipl make everyone flat track bullies..look what happened to Indian team..they are like an associate team now away from sub continent

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 31, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

This is one young man with his head screwed on. He sees the bigger picture & is setting his stall out accordingly. Good luck to him!

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 31, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

lol! I'm sorry, but he didn't have to do that, because he went unsold and no one's gonna buy him now. He's only doing this to earn some "respect" as he knows he wont get picked up by a team. Nice try.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Excellent decision he is the future of SL cricket.Good luck SL cricket.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Good choice, I salute you.You have taken a good mature decision, at such a young age. Country before money. Just like Arjuna mentioned. All Sri lankan Players should boycott IPL.

Posted by Australian0007 on (March 31, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Some people write here Chandimal is not talented enough or he has no offers from IPL, but I think he probably the best young batsman in the subcontinent. IPL news say: Chandimal has repeatedly rejected offers from Pune Warriors to fill in the void of the injured Australian captain Michael Clarke and from Delhi Daredevils to replace English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is also injured.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

itz not all about money guyz experience is also smthing...

if u gt to share dressing room with legends like kallis viru or schin or ponting or ab u will surely improve mentally

it could have given dinesh some knowledge which only hard training can't...

u may know how to bat but do u know how to bat when u are 50\4 in 7 overs chasing 180? will training give u that knowledge,hence fr such situations IPL will come in handy fr the young gen players

belv or not IPL is a boon bt only bcz of the glam factor in india few ppl think itz bad fr players....

no 1 says the same abt Big bash or county y???

glooks at ab kallis sachin they are fine examples of ipl with country

Posted by rajithwijepura on (March 31, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

This is the first sign of 13 players boycotting IPL.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (March 31, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Good stuff chandi!! I think u r not good player 4 IPL so its better to take rest ! Do hard work more becoz i think ur position in lankan team is now uncertain!

Posted by anuajm on (March 31, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

@KingOwl-Only sane comment i could find. Though Chandimal was not chosen by the franchise, some of the franchise are approaching him outside of the auction for which he'll get $100000 only which is peanuts. Better than to work on self improvement, do well for SL and IPL will follow suit with bigger money. There is no relation to country's pride rather its a smart and practical move. I like the fact that he intends to spend time improving his English speaking skills.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (March 31, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

I am ruling out playing cricket for India to focus on my IT career

Posted by Ruchiralk on (March 31, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Good stuff Chandi, He should focus on his batting because it has gone downhill in the last year. I still remember his 100 at lords, I hope he can do the same in the Champions Trophy in 2 months time.

Posted by anshu.s on (March 31, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

What an absurd piece of news , first of all he was not picked in the auction, tell me any other contracted player in IPL barring injury who have ruled themselves out and most of Australians have Ashes to look out for ... to those saying he chose country over money, does not he get paid to play for Sri Lanka or does he play for free ?? Mega rich footballers like Messi or Ronaldo who earn nearly 15 million a year with there clubs but play for absolutely free when they represent there countries, now that's called playing for pride of your country. Cricket must be the only sports where you get paid to play for there country !!!Anyways good luck to Chandimal ...

Posted by biltu-abhishek on (March 31, 2013, 16:57 GMT)


Firstly, pulling himself off after not having been bought by any of the franchises does not hold weight. And y should anybody invest anyways ?? An average of 14 with a STRIKE RATE OF LESS THAN 100 in all the t20 internationals the captain sir has played thus far.

Next is the captaincy. As i text this, Mushfiqur Rahim has made 14 runs of the current over thru deep mid wicket. All catchable. But NO FIELDERS. Surely, rubbing shoulders with captains of all round the cricketing world would have been a great learning curve. So that next time on the team could have won without the extreme help of the ON FIELD UMPIRES.

Regarding Champion's Trophy, i wish all the best to sl to qualify for the semi finals with aus and eng in the same group. The BIGGEST GAINER of his decision would surely be his SPOKEN ENGLISH.

I am sure this wont be a featured comment, but hope i was able to bring out a perspective of his decision...cheers !

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 31, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

martin guptill of new zealand is good option as a overseas player than chandimal.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

wonder if he would do the same if his price was around $500,000

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

@Raju Krish: Well he can play against world class players by playing for is national side. He is the captain of SL national T20 team, he has already proven himself. He doesn't have to play at IPL where Indian domestic players are playing to prove himself.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Great decision chandimal.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (March 31, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Well done Chandimal, people should learn from you..

Posted by ramli on (March 31, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

He was unsold ... still he did not long to get sold this season... he knew what to do ... prepare well for the internationals ... perform well ... catch the eye of franchises and get sold for a higher price in the next auction ... so wait SL fans to hear the full story

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Chandimal is one of upcoming player.and I salute what he has made so far.IPL is only a money.All the players are playing for money its is the truth...

Posted by Sinhabahu on (March 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Very good decision, Chandi. Please stay away from that nonsense. Wish your seniors had it in them to follow your example.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 31, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

I don't see the point of stating he is not available for IPL selection when nobody wanted him in the first place. People are saying buy doing this he is playing for country and not money. That does not make sense because he's only announcing he is not available for IPL because nobody bought him. he went unsold as he is not very good quality t20 player unlike mahela who is decent player .

Posted by Dhushan on (March 31, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Dear Dinesh Chandimal, irrelevant of the fact whether you were going to play regularly or not, or whether you were going to get paid a lot, I am DAMN PROUD as a fellow Sri Lankan about your decision. I bow my head down to you sir. Much respect to you. Salute!

Posted by avmd on (March 31, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Good decision by him. A talented cricketer, a potentail future SL captain wants to play the real cricket, not IPL, to improve his game and to perform for his country. I endorse his move.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Some of the Srilankan fans are happy with his decision. I would say its foolish to take such decision, this IPL would have been a great opportunity for him to prove to the world that he is capable of playing against world class players. anyways all the best.

Posted by Buddhika_Wickramasinghe on (March 31, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

It is really funny to read some comments published here. In this article it is clearly mention that at least one franchise has approached him. Anyway i think he has made the correct decision. I don't really think that he will get many opportunities to play even if he joins one franchise. So rather than in the bench, it is thousand times good to refuse it and practice hard in his game. This $100000 is nothing once he becomes a world class cricketer. IPL is a platform where young Indian talents should show their capabilities. young players from other countries would not get many chances to represent the playing XI.So hope all other young cricketers will take an example from Chandi.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 31, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Do people really believe there is some "patriotism" at play here? Chandimal is a super player and one to watch out for - NO doubt about that at all, and I'm excited to see him play each time. But he is not letting go of some juicy opportunity here. Without a reserve price, I very much doubt if any IPL franchise would want to pay more than $20,000 for him. As an overseas batsman, you have to be a bit of a superstar to show up in any IPL team as a front runner and regular player.

Posted by sureethu on (March 31, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Good decision. If he signs with any IPL franchisee now, he will only get 100K, but won't have an option to withdraw at his will. It's wise to establish himself in SL team with good performance as a player and captain and easily can be sold for a better bid next time. GOOD LUCK.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (March 31, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Good to new players are love to represent country than money. Well done Chandi

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 31, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Yes, he was lucky not to be picked by any team. But the post-auction situation is different. He is now the vice captain of test and ODI teams and captain of the T20 team. Those who try to ridicule him have conveniently forgotten that he has been invited to replace an unavailable batsmen in an IPL team. He could have accepted the invitation to improve his T20 credentials. I am sure he also knew that he jeorpadized the future opportunities in IPL by refusing the invitation. He must be having a solid reason that the arm chair critiques do not even understand.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (March 31, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

One should learn from likes of Kallis, AB, Dhoni, Steyn, Sanga, Kohli, Jaya, Watson etc. How these guys perform their national duties and still play IPL.

Firstly, Chandi made himself available for IPL but no franchisee picked him.

May be after going unsold in IPL auctions he might have thought he was not the first choice player for IPL franchisees and also his performance for SL team too hasn't be great. So may be, he is making sure that first he cements his place in SL team and then automatically franchisees will pick him in auctions.

And its really funny to see some ppl congratulating him that he picked nation over money. Is money not involved when a Cricketer plays for his nation ? If Kallis, Sanga, Dhoni play for IPL does it mean they are not loyal to their respective nations ?

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

I don't see the point of stating he is not available for IPL selection when nobody wanted him in the first place. People are saying buy doing this he is playing for country and not money. That does not make sense because he's only announcing he is not available for IPL because nobody bought him. Anyone remember that ODI against England where he and Mathews slowed the game down to get a century? it was unprofessional

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

A very good decision from the point of view of your cricketing future. Would suggest you try to play for a county in England. So many cricketers like Aravinda, Sanga, Rangana etc developed afetr a stint in England. All the best for the future.

Posted by KingOwl on (March 31, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

sonu3310: Don't be naive/ daft. The guy has ruled himself out because the benefits don't outweigh the costs. If he got a few hundred thousand dollars' offer, it would have been very different. Now, I am not blaming Chandimal for doing that or the other. But the idea that SL cricketers should not play IPL for the sake of the country is a very archaic concept. Frankly, such notions do not fit in the modern global economy. My advise is, go make money. But when it comes to playing for the country, always give 110%. If the money doesn't make sense, spend the time on self improvement. Good man!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Whats the point in Making a decision after being unsold??? No Franchise showed interest on him being a fringe player and now he his making a decision he is unavailable from IPL..Hahaha such a good joke this is...

Posted by kjkdesilva on (March 31, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

great work , good luck brother

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Hatzz off buddy!!! We hope ur best for the country

Posted by sonu3310 on (March 31, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Chandimal you haven't played as much Sanga, Jaywerdna and other legends did, but for sure you are on the top rank in terms of respect. We wish you to be the Srilankan all time best cricket for choosing such a wise way.

Posted by Gurram on (March 31, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

I have seen him drop 3 catches in outfield in a span of 40 minutes, against australia and in australia in an odi, he definitely needs training. Good thing to keep himself out of private leagues for time being. Lots of people say that IPL is hype, but team management does not invest in untrained players, I am not surprised that he is unsold.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

I finally found a person who plays for coutry not money

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Congrats!. Very professional decision Chandimal. Signs of a good future. Your talent. Your dedication. So I don't` think that you have to ignore money totally. I am sure you know how to maintain the balance. Good luck!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 31, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

He announces that he is unavailable after going unsold in auctions and puts a nice spin to his situation! If he wanted to train for the national side, he should have done this before the auctions, not after going unsold in auctions. He lost his credibility with his actions. Simple!

Posted by amilag on (March 31, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

My Hero! Excellent decision being such a young guy! One reason is not mentioned here for his rejection, he has clearly stated to both franchises that has contacted him replacement, if he is not suitable for picking at the auction, he should not be fit for playing such a team. Well done Bravo!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Well done!! You are a great cricketer chandi. You do have a solid back bone to arrive at such an excellent decision. Let the senior players to follow you and take solid decisons on behalf of the mother land. "Money is required but that's not everything". The entire island of lions salutes you Chandi!!!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Hats off, Well done bro...Proud of you.You showed the path,Pride is more important than Money,

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 31, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Congrats to Chandimal.You make me your fan by taking this brave decision.Wish you all the best from a die hard Bangladeshi cricket fan.

Posted by GreenDeviln on (March 31, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Doesn't matter, like if he was going to be selected in playing XI, even the worst franchise wouldn't have considered him. I know its harsh but that's the truth. There are atleast 50-60 more players who can hit the ball harder than him in 20-20

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Respect to chandimal for showing dedication for the country...well done!!

Posted by Vilander on (March 31, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

first step is to become a world class player, he can only do that in international arena, so this is a good step. Once he becomes a good player like sanga/mahela etc he will get his chances to play inthe various leagues and make money.

Posted by lukecannon on (March 31, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Chandimal I love you bro. Finally a Sri Lankan lion who chose country's pride over money. SL fans are with you. I hope the seniors will follow this youngster. Good luck.

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