IPL 2014 news January 30, 2014

Sangakkara eyes better IPL contract in 2015


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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  • Star 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Mohammed 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Nirjhar 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.


  • Manoj 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

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Himanshu 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.

  • Buddhika 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

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