IPL 2014 news January 30, 2014

Sangakkara eyes better IPL contract in 2015

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The decision not to place himself in 2014's IPL auction was to increase the likelihood of getting a better contract in 2015, Kumar Sangakkara has said. A Sri Lanka squad is set to depart for tours of Ireland and England around 20 days into the 2014 IPL season, severely undermining the potential value of contracts for Sri Lanka players this year. However, Sangakkara hoped the new IPL rule that allows franchises to reassess and prune their player stocks annually, would work to his advantage in 2015.

"It's primarily a pragmatic decision," Sangakkara said. "Two-and-a-half weeks of availability is not attractive to franchises, so the chances of getting a better contract are higher next year, when I will be available for the whole tournament. The new rules allowing franchises to re-evaluate their squads each year mean that players from teams that have a busier schedule next year will be less attractive. That, in turn, may mean there are more funds available to fresh entrants."

West Indies, England, New Zealand  and Australia all have series scheduled for the months of April and May in 2015, which will limit availability for players from those nations if the FTP is persisted with. Sri Lanka also have a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe scheduled during those months, but Sangakkara has hinted in the past that he will not play limited-overs cricket beyond the 2015 World Cup. Sri Lanka's postponed home Test series against South Africa is not likely to begin before June, after the south-west monsoon has passed.

Two other factors helped confirm the decision not to enter the IPL auction. Sri Lanka have a busy schedule in the approach to the IPL, with the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 to be played following the ongoing tour of Bangladesh. A break during the early weeks of the IPL would be welcome, Sangakkara said.



"It also allows me to have some time at home with my family," he said. "And I can do some preparation work for the England tour, with a focus on maintaining my fitness. I think all those factors contributed to the final decision.




"It's a decision that carries some risk, because you never know how things will pan out next year, but I feel it's the right one."

The IPL is expected to begin in the second week of April, with Sri Lanka's first match in Ireland scheduled for May 6.

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

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  • StarHawk on February 6, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    @Sachith Premaratne, maybe you haven't seen enough cricket. Both Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have sat themselves down when they were captain.

  • on February 5, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    plz joint ipl 2014 kumar sangakkara .kumar sangakkara is today build world record.he is very best cricketer in tha world .bcci plz our marveless palyer kumar joint ipl contract

  • on February 4, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Sangakkara has the best test average after Bradman of the list of legends, and undoubtedly, he's a better performer at tests and ODI's.

    He's the best captain that the world could ask for right now, in any format in any tournament. If he's not performing, he sits himself out during tournament and i have never seen any indian captains or any other natinoal doing that when they are supposed to.

    He knows where he stands, so until he gets his t20 reputation, he will stay silent. Modesty at its best. Respect!

  • Giant-Guru on February 4, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Its a very excuse to keep himself out of the 2014 auction for Sangakara knew he will sold for not even half his base price, for years he did not perform at all, he is not a good buy for this format, good that he himself kept out instead of getting humiliated at the auction. If I am the franchisee I would never go for him, there are much better players available for this format than Sangakarra.

  • on February 2, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    If he would have a full term in this season IPL he would not have get a much higher contract than Thisara Perera his teamate because his form in near past is not that good and he had very bad season in IPL 2013...........So, good for Sanga to get away from this auction.

  • Fan1969 on February 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Why does everyone comment on players desire to earn more. Most who write will jump jobs for 25-50% more and expect players to sacrifice millions. Every professional cricketer has the right to maximize his earnings especially during off season.

    Patriotism and false sense of morality is used to judge others but not applicable on themselves.

    Pretenders!

  • MH19 on January 31, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Sanga your credibility and your reputation is much higher than IPL. You are a proffessional crickerter with a great attitude and you have in my opinion have ruined your cricket talent by playing the tournaments like IPL.Good move for you to prepare your self for the English tour and build fitness and tune your self by playing the domestic league as you will be eying for runs.SLC should offer incentives to players like Sanga so they will stay in SL and take part in local cricket and enhancing the countrys next generaion of crickerters.We salute your wise decision and Mahela and mathews should learn from this

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Very SMART sentence by Sanga to hide the actual scenario .According to him he is not playing this year to demand for the next year 2015 for a better offer/contract .Playing last year IPL, he could score only 120 RUNS from NINE MATCHES at the AVERAGE of 13.33.So During last IPL, Sanga was DROPPED from the team for several times because of his poor batting and inconsistency.

    With these poor performance he knows well that he won't be selected for 2014 IPL, So he just escaped this auction coz it's 100% sure no one will pick him. To demand for something first you should perform well. So without better performance how he is going to demand for a better offer? Feel we will never see Sanga playing IPL again..

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on January 31, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    This is VERY smart from Sangakkara. His reputation doesn't take a hit when he along with a heap of other cricketers go into the auction and he ends up going unsold, then next year when all the top players are already taken, he'll be seen as a "hot commodity" among the handful on sale and some team that isn't doing very well will pay big bucks to bring him in. Brilliant.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 31, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Sanga is never T20 player. If he gets 50 he will take 60 balls and finally team is lost. So best thing he can do retire from T20 cricket and concenrate more on Test and ODI cricket. He is one of the Best Test batsmen even produced by SL and his ability is playing long innings with 200 even 300. He is playing SL T20 team because of only one ambition. That is selected to IPL. Because of T20 his test carrier is going to destroy. Last 7 innings no 100's

  • StarHawk on February 6, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    @Sachith Premaratne, maybe you haven't seen enough cricket. Both Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have sat themselves down when they were captain.

  • on February 5, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    plz joint ipl 2014 kumar sangakkara .kumar sangakkara is today build world record.he is very best cricketer in tha world .bcci plz our marveless palyer kumar joint ipl contract

  • on February 4, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Sangakkara has the best test average after Bradman of the list of legends, and undoubtedly, he's a better performer at tests and ODI's.

    He's the best captain that the world could ask for right now, in any format in any tournament. If he's not performing, he sits himself out during tournament and i have never seen any indian captains or any other natinoal doing that when they are supposed to.

    He knows where he stands, so until he gets his t20 reputation, he will stay silent. Modesty at its best. Respect!

  • Giant-Guru on February 4, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Its a very excuse to keep himself out of the 2014 auction for Sangakara knew he will sold for not even half his base price, for years he did not perform at all, he is not a good buy for this format, good that he himself kept out instead of getting humiliated at the auction. If I am the franchisee I would never go for him, there are much better players available for this format than Sangakarra.

  • on February 2, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    If he would have a full term in this season IPL he would not have get a much higher contract than Thisara Perera his teamate because his form in near past is not that good and he had very bad season in IPL 2013...........So, good for Sanga to get away from this auction.

  • Fan1969 on February 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Why does everyone comment on players desire to earn more. Most who write will jump jobs for 25-50% more and expect players to sacrifice millions. Every professional cricketer has the right to maximize his earnings especially during off season.

    Patriotism and false sense of morality is used to judge others but not applicable on themselves.

    Pretenders!

  • MH19 on January 31, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    Sanga your credibility and your reputation is much higher than IPL. You are a proffessional crickerter with a great attitude and you have in my opinion have ruined your cricket talent by playing the tournaments like IPL.Good move for you to prepare your self for the English tour and build fitness and tune your self by playing the domestic league as you will be eying for runs.SLC should offer incentives to players like Sanga so they will stay in SL and take part in local cricket and enhancing the countrys next generaion of crickerters.We salute your wise decision and Mahela and mathews should learn from this

  • on January 31, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Very SMART sentence by Sanga to hide the actual scenario .According to him he is not playing this year to demand for the next year 2015 for a better offer/contract .Playing last year IPL, he could score only 120 RUNS from NINE MATCHES at the AVERAGE of 13.33.So During last IPL, Sanga was DROPPED from the team for several times because of his poor batting and inconsistency.

    With these poor performance he knows well that he won't be selected for 2014 IPL, So he just escaped this auction coz it's 100% sure no one will pick him. To demand for something first you should perform well. So without better performance how he is going to demand for a better offer? Feel we will never see Sanga playing IPL again..

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on January 31, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    This is VERY smart from Sangakkara. His reputation doesn't take a hit when he along with a heap of other cricketers go into the auction and he ends up going unsold, then next year when all the top players are already taken, he'll be seen as a "hot commodity" among the handful on sale and some team that isn't doing very well will pay big bucks to bring him in. Brilliant.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 31, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Sanga is never T20 player. If he gets 50 he will take 60 balls and finally team is lost. So best thing he can do retire from T20 cricket and concenrate more on Test and ODI cricket. He is one of the Best Test batsmen even produced by SL and his ability is playing long innings with 200 even 300. He is playing SL T20 team because of only one ambition. That is selected to IPL. Because of T20 his test carrier is going to destroy. Last 7 innings no 100's

  • PadMarley on January 31, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Looks like a lot of people commenting here are either Sri Lankans loving him and trying to justify everything or Indians hating SL players trying to bash him. Put some statistics in to perspective. You need to ask logical questions as to why Sanga may not have been effective in IPL? He is the 4th highest scorer in international T20s. Averaging 33, SR 121 with 7 half centuries. Which means under national pressure in world scene he has been pretty good and consistent and being at top 4 all time scorers. In IPL he has a lower average of 25.95, with similar scoring rate of 121 and 10 fifties. He is 20th among run scorers in all time IPL. You cant just disqualify him from being a good T20 player... perhaps his weakness is in Captaining international players at the same time being good with the bat. Get him on board and make someone else captain the side, he will deliver!!!

  • vik56in on January 31, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Sangakkara is clever.He knows that he is not suited to play 20/20 by any means.It is highly doubtful if he would have been picked by any franchises.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on January 31, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Another SL "legend" trying hard to be a part of the elite IPL. He is more suited for SLPL or even worse the BPL where "tigers" play. Tigers who become kittens when the real battle starts.

  • on January 30, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    Am a Lanakan n a big fan of Sanga.

    But in this Sanga is Bull shitting.

    he just escape this auction coz 100% sure no one will pick him. So it will look bad for his reputation..

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 30, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    A mediocre player in T20 but a great in ODI and tests. Still, I think his time is up. He doesn't fit the dynamics of any IPL team. I highly doubt he will be picked up even next year. It was a joy to see you in India Sanga. Enjoy playing international cricket for the rest of your career.

  • Metro-ant on January 30, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Let's be honest, Sanga just isn't a t20 cricketer and I say that out of respect. It's like Paul McCartney trying to sing a Lady Gaga song like Bad Romance and expecting it to be as successful as Hey Jude. If only he puts his sole focus on helping our test team (at least until his test retirement) be successful like what the senior aussie players did with their team. Even our test captain is off playing IPL while our test team can barely win a series let alone a match and people still wonder why our team is failing. Someone needs to take the initiative. Doubt it will occur for at least a decade when most of the money chasers of the gentleman game will retire.

  • on January 30, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    pakistani players most talented in the world players ranked in top 5 in every role

  • johnathonjosephs on January 30, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @Indiamustwin12, I agree that Kohli is a better ODI player than Sangakkara. In all honesty, if Kohli continues, he will even be better than Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs. However, Kohli is NOWHERE near the likes of Sangakkara, Tendulkar, and Lara in terms of Test Matches which is real cricket. To even mention such a thing shows how little you know about cricket. The one player I think from India who really looks to be regarded as one of the best in the modern era is Pujara. Pujara looks like he is really good and if he continues this, there will probably be no doubt about his place as one of the best

  • Shrescs on January 30, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    This fella is going to run for the Lankan Presidency one day !! And, he is going to Win!

  • on January 30, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    prabhakar, just because he was not good in IPL as expected does not give you the permission to rule him out as a good T20 player.For Sri Lanka team in IT20s he have played fabulous innings.

  • on January 30, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Smart move from several angles - 1. Averted the displeasure of Sri lankan fans that would want him to focus on SL cricket 2. Avoided the embarrassment of the auction results - would have probably not been to his liking and 3.If he's in any decent shape next year, Franchises that will find out this year that they need a leader will pay a lot more for him next year than they will this year.

  • on January 30, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    Although Sanga is a great test player, he is not cut out for T20. May be he felt that instead of not being picked by any franchisee it makes sense to sit out. May be he is determined to practice a few new shots and come back a better T20 player in 2015.

  • StarHawk on January 30, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Sangakkara is a great batsman but I don't think he'll sign a "better IPL contract" by skipping a year. Even if he was in the auction this year, I highly doubt that he would've been picked up by someone. He has been pretty poor in the IPL over the past few years. He was a captain who had to drop himself on several occasions. In 2015, he would be a year older, and that's really not gonna help him, unless he's looking for a coaching stint. In IPL, players are not chosen based on reputation, but based on what they bring to the table in the T20 format. Unless Sangakkara does something extraordinary in the T20 WC and the upcoming matches for Lanka in limited overs cricket, I don't see him getting a contract next year.

  • Indiamustwin12 on January 30, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    I agree sanga is a class act, but cant compare to sachin or lara, ok he scord more than 11000 in o.d.i,s but he just scord 16 centuries. Take that 16 centuries where they come from? I have just one evidence, that he scord a century against england while chasing, otherwise while chasing sanga cant handle it well, i thnk virat kohli is far better than o.d.is, virat has prove in test cricket though. Srilankan blind fans just give some spectular innings like kohli in hobart 133 or 183 against pakistan or 100 vs west indies in west indies or 123 in newzealand, sanga is far below one day player likes of kohli

  • on January 30, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    This is like a slap on the face for all those IPL haters and the test fans, along with most of the fans of Sri Lanka and maybe even some from from Pakistan. When it was reported that Sanga was not going to play IPL, all these people were praising him and congratulating him. They thought that it was out of love for his country that he did it. Well, now is when the whole thing is seen. He did it just for money. At least now accept that IPL rules the world of cricket. I do appreciate his frankness though. He is a great individual and can't blame him for making such a move. He still did betray some of his fans.

  • nilb on January 30, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Sangakkara has no place in the IPL where only mindless sloggers thrive in the batting paradise of flat tracks and small grounds.

  • on January 30, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Average player as seen in last 2 seasons. IPL or it's fans wont miss him. It's ok sanga, you don't have to come back again.

  • JustIPL on January 30, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    IPL participation of foreign players will get a hit once the proposals put forward by BCCI are implemented as all the boards will strive hard to make money from international tours and mutually negotiate series in absence of ftp which is currently binding. Players like sanga who have good market value will be needed more by their respective sides and may even start making better money then IPL. In this instance mostly retired or young rejected players will make it to IPL thus affecting IPL income. Since, most of the front line teams will be busy with international matches, IPL will suffer viewership from indian fans as well. The only solution will be that BCCI re-schedule all the international assignments creating IPL window and repeat IPL auction to ensure players like sanga embellish the IPL party.

  • rizwan1981 on January 30, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    James Cooper - You misunderstood me - I would like Sangakkara to be an all time great of the world , not just in Sri Lanka ( Though there are many who think that Sathasivam was the best batter produced by the little Island )

    The fact is Sangakkara has not scored a test century in the West Indies and averages less than 40 in England , India , West Indies and South Africa. Sangakkara averages more than Kallis , Tendulkar and Lara but the away record should be improved if Sangakkara wants his name to bracketed with the other afore- mentioned greats.

    I am a Sri Lankan and would like to see Sanga to be rated above Tendulkar- Personally I think Lara is the second best batsman ( with the Don the undisputed # 1 ) for the many MATCH WINNING INNINGS played by the widies maestro

  • on January 30, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Even Sachin tendulkar, Ricky ponting and more players r older than sanga furthermore these legends r needed in cricket so why can't sanga be needed if he is still 38

  • Aravind_Verified on January 30, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    But which team eyes him next year at the age nearing 38..

  • on January 30, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    hats off sanga .........respect

  • 504429641 on January 30, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    I guess there is a bit of both, greed and responsibility by Sanga. Greed, because he want more money by being available for entire IPL season. But it is more of a responsibility i feel, because as the article stated, he might plan to retire (atleast from limited overs cricket) after 2015 WC. Then there won't be any comments from anyone like 'commitment to playing for SL', etc., and also he can fully commit himself to playing the full IPL season. Sanga can now fully commit himself to playing for SL till 2015 ODI WC. Overall, I guess it is a smart and good move by Sanga. Its Win-Win situation for both SL and the IPL team that will buy him in 2015.

  • on January 30, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @rizwan1981 - PART 1 - Here is some free education for you, feel free to take notes. Sanga is the ONLY SL batsman of all time to have scored at least a Test hundred each in Aus, Sa, NZ & Eng. The 5 hundreds he has scored in those 4 nations combined is the highest ever by a SL batsman of all time. His Test AVG of 42 in those 4 nations combined is also the highest among SL batters who have scored over 1,000 Test runs in those 4 nations combined. Anyone who watched a young Sanga open the batting and score 98 in just his 3rd Test in SA ending up as the last man to be dismissed having batted and battled for well over 100 overs against a hostile SA attack lead by Allan Donald would be an oxi-moron to call Sanga a flat track bully. Add to that his majestic 192 in Aus which Ponting described as the greatest he has seen by a visiting batter, to date stands as the highest 4th innings knock by a visiting batsman in Aus of all time (Lara and Sachin AVG less than 20 in the 4th innings in Aus).

  • stormy16 on January 30, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Apparently some of you are struggling to understant the article and makeing wild statements. I think Sanga made a reasonable call but I am surprised he still hold's hope of playing in 2015. I would have expected him to call it a day after the WC and may be he will but continue to play in t20's which is not a bad plan I guess. Other thing to note is the IPL is not quick to sign up older players as they did in the past so Sanga may still have issues with IPL.

  • LoveLanka on January 30, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @rizwan1981 : Dont hit around the bush stray fan... if you want to call Sanga a flat track bully.. so level the charge as a fan who has a back bone(which i cant see in you) instead of pointing that others might say so... but just because you want to call Sanga a FTB... you cant hide who you are and those heroes you have in your mind and the reality is that those heores are real FTB heroes.... so let me say strait away that you are a Flat Track Fan of those FTB heroes.... way to go buddy..

  • on January 30, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @shanepe2003 - dude couple of years back he had a contract with a franchise so he couldn't make such decisions. This time he is not into a franchise so he is opting out. he is playing his cards here. hope it pays of both ways for the country and for the franchise! GO SANGA!

  • Hg1987 on January 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @srinideva did you even read the content ? can't you see that he's saying he wants to give the priority to SL cricket not to IPL ? i don't think there's anything wrong of expecting a bigger salary from an advertising firm (IPL)

  • on January 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Hahahah

    all this time all Lankan fans were praising Sanga, that he wants to play for country etc etc............. and was asking everyone to follow sanga

    now the Bubble has been busted............ he wanted more money so he didn't wanted to be part of this year IPL........

  • on January 30, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    india players are only good for IPL . not international cricket. they got England and australia this year . they will fail .

  • Nali_live on January 30, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    good move by sanga!!! hats off!!

  • srinideva on January 30, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    @ajithabey , first read the content of the article before making any big statement...He want huge money..

  • ajithabey on January 30, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    All current Sri Lankan players should follow Sanga's example. Afterall, playing for your country is more honourable and rewarding than this slap bang circus.

  • rizwan1981 on January 30, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I think Sanga should concentrate on improving his appalling away average against England , South Africa, India and the west indies rather than playing pyjama cricket

    As a RYDE GOLD MEDAL WINNER , Sanga should strive for greatness and ensure that when he retires from test cricket he has a 40 + average against all teams , both at home and abroad. Being in their mid thirties , time is running out for Mahela and Sanga - They should focus on the little time they have on trying to redress the gaps in their resumes to be considered an all time great.

    Sanga has an enviable Test average of 56 but without stellar numbers away , many will level the charge that he is a FLAT TRACK BULLY.

  • shanepe2003 on January 30, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    How about u skip the England practice matches for the sake of IPL only couple of years before?... why dont u admit u skipped IPL fear of being a bench warmer. I think u should go for IPL and sit as a bench warmer ever! Now that's what u ve done for SL in last Eng tour "what goes around comes around" MR

  • on January 30, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    I am waiting for Arjuna's statement for this? Will he praise Sanga or find some fault with his decision?

  • sonu77 on January 30, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    S M A R T decision as usual by Sanga !

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  • sonu77 on January 30, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    S M A R T decision as usual by Sanga !

  • on January 30, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    I am waiting for Arjuna's statement for this? Will he praise Sanga or find some fault with his decision?

  • shanepe2003 on January 30, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    How about u skip the England practice matches for the sake of IPL only couple of years before?... why dont u admit u skipped IPL fear of being a bench warmer. I think u should go for IPL and sit as a bench warmer ever! Now that's what u ve done for SL in last Eng tour "what goes around comes around" MR

  • rizwan1981 on January 30, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    I think Sanga should concentrate on improving his appalling away average against England , South Africa, India and the west indies rather than playing pyjama cricket

    As a RYDE GOLD MEDAL WINNER , Sanga should strive for greatness and ensure that when he retires from test cricket he has a 40 + average against all teams , both at home and abroad. Being in their mid thirties , time is running out for Mahela and Sanga - They should focus on the little time they have on trying to redress the gaps in their resumes to be considered an all time great.

    Sanga has an enviable Test average of 56 but without stellar numbers away , many will level the charge that he is a FLAT TRACK BULLY.

  • ajithabey on January 30, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    All current Sri Lankan players should follow Sanga's example. Afterall, playing for your country is more honourable and rewarding than this slap bang circus.

  • srinideva on January 30, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    @ajithabey , first read the content of the article before making any big statement...He want huge money..

  • Nali_live on January 30, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    good move by sanga!!! hats off!!

  • on January 30, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    india players are only good for IPL . not international cricket. they got England and australia this year . they will fail .

  • on January 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Hahahah

    all this time all Lankan fans were praising Sanga, that he wants to play for country etc etc............. and was asking everyone to follow sanga

    now the Bubble has been busted............ he wanted more money so he didn't wanted to be part of this year IPL........

  • Hg1987 on January 30, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    @srinideva did you even read the content ? can't you see that he's saying he wants to give the priority to SL cricket not to IPL ? i don't think there's anything wrong of expecting a bigger salary from an advertising firm (IPL)