Ireland news January 3, 2014

Sri Lanka Ireland tour could weaken IPL

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Ireland play two ODI's against Sri Lanka early next season. The games will serve as a warm-up for Sri Lanka's tour of England and could clip the involvement of Sri Lanka's players in IPL still further.

It remains to be seen whether Sri Lanka Cricket will enforce their policy that their players must put internationals ahead of participation in IPL for matches involving an Associate nation.

If they do, it will not rest easily with Sri Lanka's IPL contingent, who would have preferred the Ireland trip to take place after the England tour in late June when a cursory examination of the fixture calendar suggests there does seem to be an opportunity.

The announcement of the Ireland tour comes barely a month before the IPL auction on February 12 when franchises have been given the liberty to make substantial changes to their squads.

It also comes on the same day that Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lanka chief selector, questioned Thisara Perera's work ethic and asked him to work harder as the board moved to deny the allrounder permission to participate in the Big Bash League.

Ireland's coach Phil Simmons certainly sounded confident of the involvement of Sri Lanka's IPL crew in the matches - both scheduled for Clontarf on Tuesday May 6 and Thursday May 8 - when he flew off to Sri Lanka, coincidentally, for a two-week tour with the Ireland A squad.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for our squad to face players of the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and of course Lasith Malinga," he said. "They're going to be tough opposition but Irish conditions in May will be to our advantage."

Now even matches against Associate nations are clashing with IPL, it does beg the question yet again why there is not more appetite within the Indian board and the ICC for arranging a suitable gap in the calendar - whether official or not - for the biggest and most lucrative domestic T20 tournament

Simmons, though, had reason to be delighted. "Ireland need as many matches as possible against Full Member sides: it's how we measure ourselves now in terms of our cricketing progress," he said. "We'll be gearing our preparation towards the 2015 World Cup, and this series is ideal.

"Last year couldn't have gone much better in terms of the fact that we won three trophies and continued our domination against our fellow Associates. We did, however, miss opportunities to claim victories against both Pakistan and England when in strong positions.

"We'll be looking to take our cricket to the next level in 2014 by winning from these types of situations, pressing home our advantage when we're on top."

Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland's chief executive, said: "We are most grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving us this opportunity. It is clear to all in the game that our performances against the Full Members are becoming increasingly competitive in all formats, and this is another opportunity for us to convert strong match positions into ranking points.

"Along with our series in the Caribbean and the World T20 this is a strong start to the year and, win or lose, another chance to demonstrate that we belong at this level."

Sri Lanka, who have only visited Ireland once before, might find that the "warm-up" means something quite different in Clontarf in early May.

Their previous visit was at Eglinton in 1979 when Ivan Anderson's century helped Ireland secure a draw in the first-class match.

In more recent times Ireland lost their only ODI encounter by eight wickets in the 2007 World Cup, a game which marked the end of Adi Birrell's tenure as Ireland coach. The teams met again in a thrilling game at Lord's during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, when Ireland lost by just nine runs to the eventual finalists.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • akhilesh0109 on January 7, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    @jonathanjoseph sanga was dropped midway by srh, Mathews was replaced by finch, although for a misfiring pwi outfit. I do agree that ireland deserves matches and series against full nations and Sri Lanka have moved in the right direction but it is the timing of the series that raises eyebrows. Does Sri Lanka cricket need such a series clashing with the IPL ?? And this after media had raised a hue n during the clt20 regarding the country vs franchisee issue related to sanga.. It was seen a few months back what BCCI had done to it's supposed ally CSA.. I'm not of the opinion that SLC should bow down to BCCI but they can definitely weigh the pros n cons of such a decision considering the financial help BCCI can offer to SLC..

  • rajithwijepura on January 5, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Even playing with associate team is better than playing meaningless domestic T20 tournament. This as @Shantul said this should not even a big story to consider. SL must play with Ireland and they will play. End of discussion...

  • abc3 on January 5, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Every single one who is posting here will not think twice to leave their current job if a new employer comes forward and offers them a job with 25% - 50% hike from their current salary. But they want the cricketers to sacrifice their million dollar paycheck and play inconsequential series against an associate nation which was just arranged in last minute by their jealous board to rob their players of their rightful earning. Yes, the same Jayasurya hanged on for long into his 40's to earn his livelyhood for as long as he can. Why didn't he retire early to given a youngster a chance. it doesn't happen. Less said about Ranatunga the better. He just had to piss in the same pool he drinks by picking a fight constantly with a board (BCCI) who stood by his board for long time providing them financial support whenever they were in trouble. he might be a great player but as an adminstrator he is chief architect of ruining SL cricket. Their adminstrators still haven't learned how to run this.

  • Shantul on January 4, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    I do not know why IPL fixtures are big deal? because it is just another domestic T20 league. I don't even think this is a topic of consideration for ICC to talk about. It is BCCI job to organize when and how again Domestic T20. If ICC does arrange a free calendar time for IPL, then ICC needs to do the same with BBL , Friends life T20 and other countries T20 leagues.!! If that happens there will be no more international cricket!!!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    @ azeemparayil Somewhat agree with bro. But At lest his strike rate is Good.in ODI if he face 40 balls he will get 50. In T20 he will 65-70 out of 40 balls. But when Sanga or Dilshan play 40 balls they can't get at least 20 runs. Kusal failed in sluggish wickets of England in Champions Trophy and West Indies but he succeeded in Sub Continent. He played 57 agaianst NZ(2 T20), 84 against 2nd T20 pak,64,47 against 1st and 5th ODI. Current best cricketers like David Warner,Alron Finch also fail in early part of their career.don't forget he is still 23 year's guy.

  • Lion83 on January 4, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    No IPL .and they should give priority to international matches.

  • asvanand on January 4, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I live in Dublin and wanted to see a match at Clontarf. But every match played here is on a weekday :(

    Irish cricket can pull fans if they organise matches in the weekend.

  • gudmiddle on January 4, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    As a totally neutral cricket fan, I urge the cricket authorities to facilitate more international fixtures with talented cricketing nations such as Ireland. We need a fresh 'injection' of cricket. It is time for the talented non-test playing nations of Ireland and Afghanistan to be inducted into the international cricket calendar. There is now, more than ever, a need to keep all the test playing nations on their toes. Like many boxers who step into the ring, Ireland and Afghanistan will always have the 'eye of the tiger', the hunger and desire to deliver knock out blows. What a feast of cricket that would provide for us all.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @ Nuwas Pak's best players did play IPL initially then they were not allowed. So please don't misdirect. I wish SL cricket well but they regularly cancel Test matches to play ODI cricket.

  • Nuwas on January 4, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    SL has given initiative as always in creating NEW Trends in Cricket.Hopefully other cricketing nations take direction from SL & get together to play more international level True Cricket than those leagues.If no better International teams are opting to play proper Cricket,lets give Ireland & other wanting teams the chance. I'm pretty sure one by one other nations will follow SLs direction as they realise the mess they're getting into in the internation arena. Kudos to Pakistan for not allowing their best players in IPL, they knew it best from the very beginning. Long live True Cricket...

  • akhilesh0109 on January 7, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    @jonathanjoseph sanga was dropped midway by srh, Mathews was replaced by finch, although for a misfiring pwi outfit. I do agree that ireland deserves matches and series against full nations and Sri Lanka have moved in the right direction but it is the timing of the series that raises eyebrows. Does Sri Lanka cricket need such a series clashing with the IPL ?? And this after media had raised a hue n during the clt20 regarding the country vs franchisee issue related to sanga.. It was seen a few months back what BCCI had done to it's supposed ally CSA.. I'm not of the opinion that SLC should bow down to BCCI but they can definitely weigh the pros n cons of such a decision considering the financial help BCCI can offer to SLC..

  • rajithwijepura on January 5, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Even playing with associate team is better than playing meaningless domestic T20 tournament. This as @Shantul said this should not even a big story to consider. SL must play with Ireland and they will play. End of discussion...

  • abc3 on January 5, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Every single one who is posting here will not think twice to leave their current job if a new employer comes forward and offers them a job with 25% - 50% hike from their current salary. But they want the cricketers to sacrifice their million dollar paycheck and play inconsequential series against an associate nation which was just arranged in last minute by their jealous board to rob their players of their rightful earning. Yes, the same Jayasurya hanged on for long into his 40's to earn his livelyhood for as long as he can. Why didn't he retire early to given a youngster a chance. it doesn't happen. Less said about Ranatunga the better. He just had to piss in the same pool he drinks by picking a fight constantly with a board (BCCI) who stood by his board for long time providing them financial support whenever they were in trouble. he might be a great player but as an adminstrator he is chief architect of ruining SL cricket. Their adminstrators still haven't learned how to run this.

  • Shantul on January 4, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    I do not know why IPL fixtures are big deal? because it is just another domestic T20 league. I don't even think this is a topic of consideration for ICC to talk about. It is BCCI job to organize when and how again Domestic T20. If ICC does arrange a free calendar time for IPL, then ICC needs to do the same with BBL , Friends life T20 and other countries T20 leagues.!! If that happens there will be no more international cricket!!!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    @ azeemparayil Somewhat agree with bro. But At lest his strike rate is Good.in ODI if he face 40 balls he will get 50. In T20 he will 65-70 out of 40 balls. But when Sanga or Dilshan play 40 balls they can't get at least 20 runs. Kusal failed in sluggish wickets of England in Champions Trophy and West Indies but he succeeded in Sub Continent. He played 57 agaianst NZ(2 T20), 84 against 2nd T20 pak,64,47 against 1st and 5th ODI. Current best cricketers like David Warner,Alron Finch also fail in early part of their career.don't forget he is still 23 year's guy.

  • Lion83 on January 4, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    No IPL .and they should give priority to international matches.

  • asvanand on January 4, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I live in Dublin and wanted to see a match at Clontarf. But every match played here is on a weekday :(

    Irish cricket can pull fans if they organise matches in the weekend.

  • gudmiddle on January 4, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    As a totally neutral cricket fan, I urge the cricket authorities to facilitate more international fixtures with talented cricketing nations such as Ireland. We need a fresh 'injection' of cricket. It is time for the talented non-test playing nations of Ireland and Afghanistan to be inducted into the international cricket calendar. There is now, more than ever, a need to keep all the test playing nations on their toes. Like many boxers who step into the ring, Ireland and Afghanistan will always have the 'eye of the tiger', the hunger and desire to deliver knock out blows. What a feast of cricket that would provide for us all.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @ Nuwas Pak's best players did play IPL initially then they were not allowed. So please don't misdirect. I wish SL cricket well but they regularly cancel Test matches to play ODI cricket.

  • Nuwas on January 4, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    SL has given initiative as always in creating NEW Trends in Cricket.Hopefully other cricketing nations take direction from SL & get together to play more international level True Cricket than those leagues.If no better International teams are opting to play proper Cricket,lets give Ireland & other wanting teams the chance. I'm pretty sure one by one other nations will follow SLs direction as they realise the mess they're getting into in the internation arena. Kudos to Pakistan for not allowing their best players in IPL, they knew it best from the very beginning. Long live True Cricket...

  • Nuwas on January 4, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Everything's coming together for SL Cricket in the year 2014; Team is performing well as a unit playing for the Country, Youngsters are suited upto the tasks ahead & their performances are prmosing, Sanath & the board is taking control of the things is an effective mannaer which imo is in a good manner. IPL is just another FRANCHISE by all means & as every franchise it will meet its end sooner or later, but Cricket will remain till earth's time.Whatever people say IPL is driven by a set of business individuals & not by a reckoned Cricketing Administration ( even ICC has authorised it,ICC isn't the one running IPL).

  • azeemparayil on January 4, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    to @srilankan young blood kusal perera with so much hype never lived up to expectations ipl as a jayasuriya fan i always watched him keenly what he had to offer but he frequently failed

  • mihir_nam on January 4, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Infact Sri Lanka should have gone for 3ODi's and 2T20's with Ireland , and if possible a First Class game.. Good that Sri Lankan Board is coming to support Ireland.

  • Prabhash1985 on January 4, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Great decision making! Who is behind the scenes??? Love to see this match!

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 4, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Small Suggestion to IPL selectors. Instead of Over Hyped SL legends it's better with go SL young upcoming players like Sekuge Prasanna,Ramith Rabuwalla,Kithruwan and Ashan Priyajan with Kusal. These guys not Afraid to clear the boundary and can use as good all rounders.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 4, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Surely IPL not weakened. Because SL 3 aged declining Seniors(Sanga,Mahi,Dil) will never have a chance in this year IPL. Senanayake,Thisara and Malinga has no chance becoz of their current poor form. 2 Mendis will no chance in IPL because of they couldn't perform well either bat or ball. Kula is most expensive bowler in Sub Continent Pitches.so no chance to him at all. Then Only Kusal and Mathews will select IPL from Current SL squad. But when Mahela return to SL ODI Kusal will be throw out from SL Squad whether how well he perfromed. Ultimately IPL will miss only Mathews. But it easily recoverable.

  • ProdigyA on January 4, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    SLC can't even afford to play their properly without scheduling a benefit series with BCCI twice a year. The only option for their players making some money is through IPL, though most of them have nothing much to offer except their name, and SLC wants to take away this opportunity too. No wonder SL team is in such a bad situation.

  • Sagar543 on January 4, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs. Other than captaining the team , Mathews, Sanga, Mahela have done nothing last year.Mural is a defensive bowler now and most of them here will play well .Grounds are also small,so unlike in aus there won't be any help during mishits .But i wish murali to show good form once again

  • YsaKaru on January 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Good oppertunity for sl youngsters.

  • deadite11 on January 4, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Topic can be kept reversed, SL players will get hit due to IPL. For IPL, only few SL players were performing well. Loss is only for SL players and not for IPL. It will be better if Pakistan players participate in IPL will be an Ideal replacement.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 3, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    While, most people may think that this is small news, it really isn't. Out of the 8 teams last year, 3 were captained by Sri Lankans (Matthews, Sangakkara, and Mahela). Matthews will be missed (especially given his recent form in Pakistan), Dilshan will be missed too (also has increased in form after retiring from Tests), Malinga will obviously be missed, Perera will be missed greatly (MVP of Sunriser's last year), Senanayake will be missed (the spin duo of him and Narine was very deadly last year), and Jayawardene will be missed too. Sangakkara probably won't be missed at all unless he plays well in the first couple games and I don't know why Murali was not picked much last year (given his amazing form in the BBL as of now).

  • Tweety20 on January 3, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    I am not an IPL fan,the tournament never had any appeal to me. The Irish looks to be an interesting encounter though.Hope the tour pushes through and we get to witness some thrilling cricket.They might be associate but they are tough.Lets do it!!

  • VVSR92 on January 3, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Yes that's the reason the depth of ipl squad is tested.

  • The_Millinator on January 3, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    I hope the IPL players are in the Sri Lanka squad, from an Irish perspective it's best to play against the best!

  • CRIC_FAN94 on January 3, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    IPL will only miss Malinga and to some extent mahela and T perera. Rest of the players doesn't make any difference in the tournament as players like sanga,dilshan,mathews,murali etc faded out.

  • class9ryan on January 3, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Its fine, there will be a loss to some of the players financially like Perera, Jayawardene, Dilshan. Rest of them are unlikely to even go for big money after their last year performances. Obviously IPL is not going to be hurt by unavailability of 8 odd players for 2 weeks.

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  • class9ryan on January 3, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Its fine, there will be a loss to some of the players financially like Perera, Jayawardene, Dilshan. Rest of them are unlikely to even go for big money after their last year performances. Obviously IPL is not going to be hurt by unavailability of 8 odd players for 2 weeks.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on January 3, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    IPL will only miss Malinga and to some extent mahela and T perera. Rest of the players doesn't make any difference in the tournament as players like sanga,dilshan,mathews,murali etc faded out.

  • The_Millinator on January 3, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    I hope the IPL players are in the Sri Lanka squad, from an Irish perspective it's best to play against the best!

  • VVSR92 on January 3, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Yes that's the reason the depth of ipl squad is tested.

  • Tweety20 on January 3, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    I am not an IPL fan,the tournament never had any appeal to me. The Irish looks to be an interesting encounter though.Hope the tour pushes through and we get to witness some thrilling cricket.They might be associate but they are tough.Lets do it!!

  • johnathonjosephs on January 3, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    While, most people may think that this is small news, it really isn't. Out of the 8 teams last year, 3 were captained by Sri Lankans (Matthews, Sangakkara, and Mahela). Matthews will be missed (especially given his recent form in Pakistan), Dilshan will be missed too (also has increased in form after retiring from Tests), Malinga will obviously be missed, Perera will be missed greatly (MVP of Sunriser's last year), Senanayake will be missed (the spin duo of him and Narine was very deadly last year), and Jayawardene will be missed too. Sangakkara probably won't be missed at all unless he plays well in the first couple games and I don't know why Murali was not picked much last year (given his amazing form in the BBL as of now).

  • deadite11 on January 4, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Topic can be kept reversed, SL players will get hit due to IPL. For IPL, only few SL players were performing well. Loss is only for SL players and not for IPL. It will be better if Pakistan players participate in IPL will be an Ideal replacement.

  • YsaKaru on January 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Good oppertunity for sl youngsters.

  • Sagar543 on January 4, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs. Other than captaining the team , Mathews, Sanga, Mahela have done nothing last year.Mural is a defensive bowler now and most of them here will play well .Grounds are also small,so unlike in aus there won't be any help during mishits .But i wish murali to show good form once again

  • ProdigyA on January 4, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    SLC can't even afford to play their properly without scheduling a benefit series with BCCI twice a year. The only option for their players making some money is through IPL, though most of them have nothing much to offer except their name, and SLC wants to take away this opportunity too. No wonder SL team is in such a bad situation.