Sri Lanka news April 17, 2012

Mathews must be wary of injury in IPL - de Mel

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka allrounder, should be wary of managing his workload in the IPL, national chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel has said. Mathews has had several fitness issues recently, leading to questions about his future as a bowler, and so his bowling in the IPL has raised concerns.

"As selectors, we don't have any control over the IPL. We can't tell them what to do and what not to do," de Mel told the Island. "He [Mathews] may be thinking that [if] he bowls at the IPL, his value is more as he goes as an allrounder. He will struggle if he bowls 10 overs [in an ODI]. In the IPL, the maximum he will bowl is four overs and that could be possible. The duration of the game is also short. However, there is a strain on his body.

"The problem is if he gets injured. I have personally told him that if he bowls, his career will be shortened. If he doesn't want to listen to us, then I don't know what more can be done. People have to realise what is more important to them. Playing the IPL or playing for the country."

When contacted by ESPNcricinfo, Upali Dharmadasa, the president of Sri Lanka Cricket, said that Mathews had been cleared to bowl in the IPL by the physio and team management. "As far as I am concerned, when the necessary authorities have cleared him, why should Sri Lanka Cricket stop him."

Mathews, who is Sri Lanka's vice-captain, had bowled an aggregate of five overs in Pune Warriors matches against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. He is coming off a calf injury that kept him out of cricket for a month - from the finals of the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia through to the first Test against England in Galle - and prevented him from bowling in the Colombo Test. In the past year he also suffered groin and quadriceps injures.

After Mathews had failed a fitness test in the run-up to the Galle Test against England, de Mel had said he potentially faced a future as a specialist batsman for Sri Lanka. Mathews responded by saying while he would have to manage his workload in Tests, he would continue bowling in the shorter formats.

If Mathews continued to pick up injuries, de Mel said he could not expect to be an automatic pick in the Sri Lanka team. "As there is a strain on his body, the prospects of him getting injured are there and then we will be forced to leave him out. If someone else comes and performs, then he cannot be assured of his place."

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  • on April 19, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    IPL made cricketers RICHER!!!!! Not that they were starving to death before that. They have all earned fortunes, they can go on without getting a cent paid from the board of cricket for five years! Mathews is a National player, not just a county cricketer. He have NO excuse for playing around with his injury to secure a place in his IPL team risking his long term carreer playing for his country.

  • SLMaster on April 18, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Now SL fans are saying cricketers has a life and need money. Of course they do...but what about those who played free to bring the test status. When SL won the WC 1996 was there any money !!!! Like Sanga once said these all began after 1996. Now everyone need money. What I am saying if he cannot play for country as an allrounder, then he shouldn't play as an alrounder in IPL. If someone cannot play for the country but can play IPL what is the value. If money is important then he should quite SL cricket and play IPL. Let's see how far that can go. Same goes fro Chris Gale.

  • on April 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Good comment Mr. Mel, But you are jealous.

  • Fawmy on April 18, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Absolutely correct and well said Mr. De Mel, but I can only say that IPL is short term contract and BIG BIG MONEY.. so Mathews won't think about his fitness.

  • Ksaminda on April 18, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    just forget this.time will tell us what will happen,mathews will be the captain of sri lanka some day..................

  • bharath74 on April 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    SLB cant even pay salary on time, cant believe that they are complaining. . Cricketers unlike us wont work for 30 years. Their shelf life is 10 years, wat ever they make in those 10yrs will have to last for the rest of their life. Boards should understand this and should stop threatening cricketers.

  • on April 18, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    He can bowl in IPL or what ever league he likes but when it comes to Sri Lanka selection if he is not up to the fitness to perform as a all rounder he should be dropped. The biggest mistake SLC is doing is giving automatic selection place in the team. We DO NOT NEED half fit mathews in the sri lanka squad. Its better to give that chance to another youngster.

    Its not a problem to play in IPL but put it before your country guess we are better of without players like that. (PS: I am not talking about malinga as he has always done his duty, but mathews is 70% of the time out of the team because of injury. Just bench warming. ) Better to give that chance to someone else.

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Is there anyone who will say no to money? Sports persons' lives are tough. Unlike so many other jobs there is no certainty about income. So these players must have been really good to have come up so much. Try bowling a cricket ball for God's sake. Moreover, these guys sweat it out. They are world class. So why not let them make money when many actresses can show skin and make money easily? Most films are crap anyhow. Why rule the sportsmen differently? Even in other areas, some people get too much money. So let us enjoy IPL and respect the players, Let us be positive about economics. Yes players should respect their countries as they got famous by starting for the country. mathhews, malinga...there will be many more who will come up with such injuries to play for the IPL. But what's wrong? Humans need money don't they? Playing for country is not assured. So make money while IPL is there and while one is young and who knows what injury will come up. will the country take care then?

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    This selector chappy needs to wake up. Country or IPL? No brainer...country. Food or empty stomach? Again, no brainer - food I guess. Unless of course, you are a Sri Lankan cricketeer who can play for his country without pay for say...two years?

  • IndiaNumeroUno on April 18, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    not even worth a comment... whats wrong with a cricketer earning a livelihood... especially when the home board does not pay!!

  • on April 19, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    IPL made cricketers RICHER!!!!! Not that they were starving to death before that. They have all earned fortunes, they can go on without getting a cent paid from the board of cricket for five years! Mathews is a National player, not just a county cricketer. He have NO excuse for playing around with his injury to secure a place in his IPL team risking his long term carreer playing for his country.

  • SLMaster on April 18, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Now SL fans are saying cricketers has a life and need money. Of course they do...but what about those who played free to bring the test status. When SL won the WC 1996 was there any money !!!! Like Sanga once said these all began after 1996. Now everyone need money. What I am saying if he cannot play for country as an allrounder, then he shouldn't play as an alrounder in IPL. If someone cannot play for the country but can play IPL what is the value. If money is important then he should quite SL cricket and play IPL. Let's see how far that can go. Same goes fro Chris Gale.

  • on April 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Good comment Mr. Mel, But you are jealous.

  • Fawmy on April 18, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Absolutely correct and well said Mr. De Mel, but I can only say that IPL is short term contract and BIG BIG MONEY.. so Mathews won't think about his fitness.

  • Ksaminda on April 18, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    just forget this.time will tell us what will happen,mathews will be the captain of sri lanka some day..................

  • bharath74 on April 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    SLB cant even pay salary on time, cant believe that they are complaining. . Cricketers unlike us wont work for 30 years. Their shelf life is 10 years, wat ever they make in those 10yrs will have to last for the rest of their life. Boards should understand this and should stop threatening cricketers.

  • on April 18, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    He can bowl in IPL or what ever league he likes but when it comes to Sri Lanka selection if he is not up to the fitness to perform as a all rounder he should be dropped. The biggest mistake SLC is doing is giving automatic selection place in the team. We DO NOT NEED half fit mathews in the sri lanka squad. Its better to give that chance to another youngster.

    Its not a problem to play in IPL but put it before your country guess we are better of without players like that. (PS: I am not talking about malinga as he has always done his duty, but mathews is 70% of the time out of the team because of injury. Just bench warming. ) Better to give that chance to someone else.

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Is there anyone who will say no to money? Sports persons' lives are tough. Unlike so many other jobs there is no certainty about income. So these players must have been really good to have come up so much. Try bowling a cricket ball for God's sake. Moreover, these guys sweat it out. They are world class. So why not let them make money when many actresses can show skin and make money easily? Most films are crap anyhow. Why rule the sportsmen differently? Even in other areas, some people get too much money. So let us enjoy IPL and respect the players, Let us be positive about economics. Yes players should respect their countries as they got famous by starting for the country. mathhews, malinga...there will be many more who will come up with such injuries to play for the IPL. But what's wrong? Humans need money don't they? Playing for country is not assured. So make money while IPL is there and while one is young and who knows what injury will come up. will the country take care then?

  • on April 18, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    This selector chappy needs to wake up. Country or IPL? No brainer...country. Food or empty stomach? Again, no brainer - food I guess. Unless of course, you are a Sri Lankan cricketeer who can play for his country without pay for say...two years?

  • IndiaNumeroUno on April 18, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    not even worth a comment... whats wrong with a cricketer earning a livelihood... especially when the home board does not pay!!

  • DesiCricketfan on April 18, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    One more thing... Look at the players who are sitting on benches or look at players who are getting paid there should be atleast 200 players making descent money rather than only 15-20 players, currently only 15-20 players get contracts and chances to play for there country and rest struggles atleast IPL has given enough to players whether this is opportunity or money to make there life easier. Go ask gayle, pollard,hodge, owais shah, mascrahenas, they will tell you how it feels to be left out & how much there board pays them. IPL haters don't comment without thinking cricket is livelihood for people and If IPL is providing that There is nothing wrong In that. Examples of retired cricketers and players who do not get selected for there national teams should tell you the story... Rest you all are smart and should understand the state of mind of person who do not have job and atleast making sone money playing IPL. Let's enjoy this and do nit make a bug deal out of this.CHEERS everyone

  • DesiCricketfan on April 18, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    If you do not like IPL please stop watching and posting comments. Let people make money and earn descent livelihood. Look at SA, NZ & Australian youngsters they make them available to play here and make money. Stephan smith, Chris gayle, Sunil narine,pollard hodge, hogg etc did not get selected in there respective teams and whose fault is that and why they should be stopped making money what about muralitharan, the list is endless players are thankful to IPL as atleast they are making money. ENOUGH SAID on this topic hopefully people understands now if they don't it's there problem. Cheers everyone

  • DesiCricketfan on April 18, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I do not understand the hate for IPL. Before IPL local cricketers were suffering atleast now they are earning decent livelihood I didn't know half of the local players that are currently playing, IPL gave them recognition and same goes for youngsters from other countries. IPL has also given retired players opportunity to make money. Players like owais shah, mascrenhas, hodge etc who do not get selected in there teams are making money. What's wrong in that. Everyone wants to make money and have every right to do so... Contd..

  • Test-is-the-best on April 18, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    If SLC not paying well , better to stop playing for SL. IPL will look after them.

  • on April 18, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Give me a break folks. I really don't understand the problem, attitude and the fitness level of the present day cricketers. One of the leading, young cricketers of the world prones to get injured if he bowls 4 overs in a match lasting only 4 hours. Out of which only 2 hours on the field. That too by having about 12 support staff, including physios, massage therapists etc. etc. Ask Chaminda Vaas, Imran Khan, Ian Botham as to how they did it for so long. Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller would be itching to advise from the heavens as to how they did it for so long without having may be a single support staff.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 17, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    IPL is here to stay folks. There is no point in arguing and fighting among ourselves. What the ICC and member boards need to do is cut down on the number of international games played in a calendar year. Instead of SL touring SA and then directly going to India to play a full tour. How about SL ONLY play SA or Ind in a 5 match test series just like the old days ? now doesn't that sound logical. Then for the remaining 8 or 9 months SL players can play IPL, BPL, Big Bash etc and enjoy life. This applies to all major teams of the world. India is seriously playing WAY TOO MUCH cricket and I am fed up with the excuses of fatigue and fitness. Let every team play ONLY 1 or 2 major series involving PURE test match cricket and no meaningless T20s and ODIs. My plan is the best for BORING test cricket to survive for a few more years. Think about it folks. If cricket is only about money, then it's time to boycott even test cricket because there are way too many meaningless contests happening now.

  • SLMaster on April 17, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @bigwonder All those who did well in SL cricket did well financially. Of course there is no limit for money. If SL played better than today, then there will be money. SL team cannot attrack a significant local crowd. Play well then there will be money. Same will happen to India once ST is gone. One already gone: Dravid. Many people watch SL cricket last decade to watch Jayasuriya batting. People will always pay a lot to see great players not someone with injuries and average; if that is what Mathews wanted he will definetly need IPL. Playing well for country will make them rich, that is why AUS, ENG, IND in top today, that is why WI and PAK was better in history.

  • Khali_Singh on April 17, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    just got a peice of info that 141 was actually scored by the teams combined and not one team as it looks like in the post

  • lankanlioncric on April 17, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    come on fokes, lets be practical. end of the day, its all about money. no one doing anything for country, cricket players,politicians, men in uniform, everyone is for money. so is mathews. mathews want higher bid next season n he have to bowl to achieve that. when malinga was injured, SLC cancelled his contract n he didnt get paid for an year. he got injured playing for country. malainga have told he will not play next world cup simply coz he wants to extend his IPL career. money comes before country, for u,me n everyone

  • Khali_Singh on April 17, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    I hope this gets corrected or more info is given there is a post on espncricinfo that read 141 The most runs in the first six overs in a game, in the match between Daredevils and Kings XI in Delhi in 2008. i know this does not pertain to this article but there was no article that i could have use to get this across

  • bigwonder on April 17, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    @SLgamaya, I understand that you have strong negative feelings about IPL. But your logic defies reality. Is De Mel or SL Cricket going to financially support Mathews if he gets injured playing national cricket and is unable to play cricket after that? Why are you blaming IPL? What if SPL has been a success and Matthew had been injured in SPL?

  • SLMaster on April 17, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    For those who says money is important, why didn't they stop SL start playing cricket back in 1982. There wasn't any money!!!! According to these people SL should not have cricket. I think these people should go watch IPL, contribute to IPL and make Indians rich, while they never enjoy country's cricket.

  • SLMaster on April 17, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Mathews is a good player and so much ahead of him. Playing the country is the ticket to IPL, even though I don't agree about the path. IPL is not much bigger than playing for a ODI and TEST team. There is so much IPL left for Mathews to play. Without SL cricket Mathew won't be anywhere. Same goes for Chandimal. Always think about playing for country. We all are not saying to stop playing IPL. We are saying to assess the condition and balance it.

  • crikbuff on April 17, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    IPL is causing serious damage to world cricket. Look at West Indies - Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine are playing IPL when their team is playing a test series vs Australia. Also, many injured players have played thru IPL just for the money - examples being Sehwag and Gambhir. If test cricket has to survive, IPL must be ended

  • asithaSL on April 17, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I don't think, Mathews is an idiot to put her cricket life in risk, If he plays 4 SL now in T20, he ll do the same as IPL. De Mel is someone who destroy our cricket. Chandana, Atapattu told it directly. Weldone Mathews.... Do best in IPL .. Coz, u r a true cricketer 4 SL...

  • SLMaster on April 17, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    De Mel is right here. SLC may not pay enough money for contracted players but they do lot to bring these people to international arena. Players do not come by themselves. Also, SLC rely on certain players for future. If they play fine for your country, then they will have money and automatic pick for IPL with lots of money. But vice-versa will not last long; see what happened to Jayasuriya, Chris Gale. If you don't play for country players will be gone soon.

  • Narbavi on April 17, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @johnathonjoseph: why the hell blaming ipl for that?? blame ur countryman Mathews!! his decision tells u where his priority lies!!

  • on April 17, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    ok guys lets get the facts straight, IPL is here to stay but in the long run big bash and other tournments will get sponsors who is willing to spend extra dosh on the players. However in the mean time players shuld know enteraining Indian crowd is not the altimate goal of the IPL is for BCCI to get good players into the national cricket team so yeh BCCI has a expensive taste but other players who are hungry for money will fall for it :)

  • johnathonjosephs on April 17, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    IPL is destroying Sri Lankan cricket. Matthews can't bowl for his country, but he is fine with bowling in the IPL. Malinga can't bowl in Tests, but he can play back to back T20 games within a month.

  • CricketPissek on April 17, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    for those who think playing cricket for sri lanka is financially viable, I'd like you to please do some basic investigation and see how much the average player earns and multiply it by the average number of years they play at that level. club cricket in SL pays next to nothing and these guys have to support families just like you and me. singing the national anthem may fill your heart but it won't fill your stomach. let this young man find the right balance between duty and profession. the last thing he needs is our armchair panditry. p.s. I also agree with de Mel in this instance and I'm sure Mathews knows the risks he's taking at alienating fans and selectors, but this is his decision to make. so, unless you work for the army defending the nation, you probably have no credibility in telling others to put 'country before self' while sitting at an office on your bottom and earning money while he's sweating out there doing the same

  • shantha365 on April 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    If SL Cricket Board also acts in the same spirit putting country first, such comments would hold weight. From what we have seen of the shoddy treatment meted out to the team in the past and no guarantee of the same not recurring in the future, it seems like a case of pot calling the kettle black.

  • Head_gear on April 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    De Mel's first good decision I hv seen so far. It should give concerns to all the players that the national duty must come first

  • on April 17, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    finally we got a strong warning to a player from SL selector. this is a good sign. when you playing in domestic cricket , u dream and dream about national side . so , after picking for national side and play some good innings for country, then they start to think about money. this is a human error. but u have to polish your lader well when you get famous. if you kick your ladder, u will be fall.

  • Sulaimaan91 on April 17, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster De Mel is the chief selector for the SL team and Mathews is contracted to SLC.De Mel has every right to 'caution' Mathews so that he doesnt cry foul later on if injured, like Malinga.

  • Sarfin on April 17, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    It's a dilemma! Country or money. For anyone (I really mean anyone), it's hard to neglect such huge amount of money. But again you were bought because you were picked in the national side. Players have every right to play in IPL or such tournaments, but I pray they'll not sacrifice their international career for money.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 17, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    WOOOO... here goes the country vs club debate again !!! don't you people have anything better to do? Mathews is a professional cricketer. He can choose to do whatever he wants. Who is De Mel to question that ? I am sick of people talking about "country first". This attitude is what's keeping cricket from truly becoming a global sport. Less international matches = more popularity for cricket. Sports like soccer, basketball are living testimonials to what cricket can become if the number of international fixtures are reduced in a calendar year. Besides, if Mathews doesn't bowl then he has no place in the Warriors' XI because there are better batsmen than him waiting to get a game.

  • ktk2020 on April 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    When IPL franchise paying such big amount for each player , each franchise also expect play their player according their need ,if player not played according their need then their place is in stake ,that what happening Angelo Mathew's , Since franchise paid such huge amount money for his all round ability But due his injure he is not fulfill his role ,then franchise losing their team composition and wasting their huge sum of money for him and that any team don't want do since it is in Cricket business (money involved huge in this ) so that was the reason he is bowling to keep his place in the team and keep his contact intact ,hope De Mel understand his situation

  • MWDZ on April 17, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    De Mel is right at this point - IPL is only about money, but Playing for your country must be the pinnacle of a players ambition, maybe Matthews feels he has played enough for his country

  • KelvinLTR on April 17, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    why not do something about it rather than having press conferences?

  • Perera32 on April 17, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Mathews started International Cricket as a Genuine All rounder, then his Injury made him a Batsmen. He missed the WC final in 2011, CB series Finals, and Asia Cup. His Fielding has been poor in the last couple of years except for the one or two good catches. Now he is absoloutley fine to play as an allrounder for Pune. What Money can do is unbelievable.

  • on April 17, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    he missed 1 million dollers in last year due to injury, now all u guys asking him to miss another 1 million? lets be realistic guys,

  • Hush78 on April 17, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    If this big mouth de Mel can guarantee financial situ in cricket board and players will be looked after, payed salaries on time his saying has a weight.but without that it's unfair to say what to do and what not to do.I also prefer him not bowling but again I am not supporting his family in theire finance and mattews has to make the most while he is young and fit to play in a short career cricketer will have. Let me remind he stayed out of a complete ipl season last year due to injury while playing for Sri Lanka.I think he might have learned the lesson when de mel's collegues failed to meet their financial obligations to cricketers they are giving advice now.

  • Test-is-the-best on April 17, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    All those players from SL, taking part in IPL have been playing or played for SL. It means they got this chance because of playing for country. NOW Its time for you guys to KICK THE LADDER...

  • on April 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    for once, i agree with De Mel.

  • fan2011 on April 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    if mathews can't bowl then he can't and shouldn't hold a place in the team.. simply because there are much better batsmen than him on the sidelines... he should solely be on the team because he is an ALL ROUNDER and a GOOD FIELDER take a way those two he is just an avg batsmen who can make a 50 but never a 100..

  • Freddie.Dcosta on April 17, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Samuels warned for action, Matthews warned by SL selectors. One may wonder if this a conspiracy to weaken Warriors bowling? These days one never knows what goes on behind scenes in the cricket world...

  • sampathsl on April 17, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Well said De mel.He will not work according to what u said.He will work what IPL wants.Guys who does not obey national policies then sack such idiots from SL Team.

  • loveNpeace on April 17, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    finally should say that mathew's sold his dignity to IPL, when he was playing for sri lanka he did not want to bowl and sri lankans look after him very well, they didnt let him to bowl, let him field in the slips so he dont need to run or jump around much, and it all changed at once when start playing 2012 ipl. he is bowling his four overs, jump arround,sliding ,diving and sooooo..........we should not blame the ipl but we should blame players for acting in such a way, now the players have let the IPL to control them , what should have been is players controlling IPL.

  • on April 17, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Mathews its up to you. when the cricket Board does not pay the players on time .You can choose something like IPL for your survival.Even countries like Bangladesh minnows can start BPL .Its shame Sri Lankan Cricket Board cannot start a 20 -20 event like IPL .Cricket board is running at a loss

  • radioumpire on April 17, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    sri lanka first, st. joseph's second and IPL third please

  • sheranaf on April 17, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    TestCric.. In That case you can forget about Malinga playing for the country as well. We should not write off payers just because they play for the IPL. Future Captain or not Anjelo is part of the future of SL cricket.

    Let me also remind you that it is due to the payments from IPL that these players benefitted while the SLC failed to pay salaries for almost an year. Would you like it if you're not paid your monthly salary?

  • NaniIndCri on April 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @TestCric there is one more alternative, SL board can pay well so that their players need not play IPL like Aus and Eng do. And this "playing for country" sounds well for outside people but sportsmen need to make money too in their short career.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Angello is not a that kind player,that expect SL.I dont know why they pick him? Thisar Perara is an good allrounder and played some role for wining SL.But i could not remember when Angello play his role.he is now wastage.Ganguly will realize very soon.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    All you guys say MATHEWS is the future of SL cricket - but will you pay his salary if he gets injured playing for SL and looses his contract? Will you not be shoting for him to be dropped should he have a bad year with the bat and especially if he is NOT given to bowl?

    He needs to decide based on his realities!!!

  • IPL_is_Thrash on April 17, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Mr. De Mel, these players once the taste that non-sense IPL bucks, they become addict to it. So please forget Angelo's service to SL Cricket and search for an alternative player who can shoulder SL Cricket.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Your country should be first.........IPL comes later,This time i totally agree with De mel for once...:)

  • saadi_cricket_lover on April 17, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    It proves Money matters :)

  • Test-is-the-best on April 17, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Mr. De. Mel you are quite right. The players has to think of their future by themselves too.They need to identify what is more important.

  • Balumekka on April 17, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    I think its up to Mathews to decide on his future. He has been an excellent allrounder for Sri Lanka and most probably will be leading Sri Lankan team after Mahela. So all these things will depend on his fitness. You can't blame IPL for these issues as it is up to the players who play IPL to keep their fitness to represent their countries.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    agreed with de mel...mathews please u r our future....

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  • on April 17, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    agreed with de mel...mathews please u r our future....

  • Balumekka on April 17, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    I think its up to Mathews to decide on his future. He has been an excellent allrounder for Sri Lanka and most probably will be leading Sri Lankan team after Mahela. So all these things will depend on his fitness. You can't blame IPL for these issues as it is up to the players who play IPL to keep their fitness to represent their countries.

  • Test-is-the-best on April 17, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Mr. De. Mel you are quite right. The players has to think of their future by themselves too.They need to identify what is more important.

  • saadi_cricket_lover on April 17, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    It proves Money matters :)

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Your country should be first.........IPL comes later,This time i totally agree with De mel for once...:)

  • IPL_is_Thrash on April 17, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Mr. De Mel, these players once the taste that non-sense IPL bucks, they become addict to it. So please forget Angelo's service to SL Cricket and search for an alternative player who can shoulder SL Cricket.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    All you guys say MATHEWS is the future of SL cricket - but will you pay his salary if he gets injured playing for SL and looses his contract? Will you not be shoting for him to be dropped should he have a bad year with the bat and especially if he is NOT given to bowl?

    He needs to decide based on his realities!!!

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Angello is not a that kind player,that expect SL.I dont know why they pick him? Thisar Perara is an good allrounder and played some role for wining SL.But i could not remember when Angello play his role.he is now wastage.Ganguly will realize very soon.

  • NaniIndCri on April 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @TestCric there is one more alternative, SL board can pay well so that their players need not play IPL like Aus and Eng do. And this "playing for country" sounds well for outside people but sportsmen need to make money too in their short career.

  • sheranaf on April 17, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    TestCric.. In That case you can forget about Malinga playing for the country as well. We should not write off payers just because they play for the IPL. Future Captain or not Anjelo is part of the future of SL cricket.

    Let me also remind you that it is due to the payments from IPL that these players benefitted while the SLC failed to pay salaries for almost an year. Would you like it if you're not paid your monthly salary?