Sri Lanka news May 4, 2013

SL mull over recalling out-of-form IPL players

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will hold a meeting next week to decide whether it should make a request to the BCCI to release some of the under-performing Sri Lankan cricketers in the ongoing IPL so that they can partake in preparations for the Champions trophy. Nine of the ten Sri Lankan players playing in the IPL are part of Sri Lanka's 15-member squad for the Champions trophy.

"We have been discussing this issue recently but have not taken a firm decision," Nishantha Ranatunga, the SLC secretary, said.

Sri Lanka have arranged a limited-overs triangular tournament at Pallekele as preparation for the Champions trophy in England. The three teams in the preparatory tournament, Sri Lanka Rest (team selected for England), SLC Combined XI and Sri Lanka 'A', are due to play a total of seven fifty-over matches from May 12 to 20.

"We know a lot of them are not faring well in the IPL, and we are worried about their form," Ranatunga said. "We thought it would be better for these players to return home and play in the 50-over triangular rather than sit on the bench without playing a match in the IPL."

Former Sri Lanka captain and current captain of Delhi Daredevils Mahela Jayawardene is the only Sri Lanka player to have appeared in all the matches for his IPL team. The others have either been dropped from their respective sides due to poor form, to provide balance to the side, or simply were unable to play in Chennai due to political tensions. Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, stepped down as the captain of Pune Warriors early this week.

Ajantha Mendis is the only Sri Lankan player in the IPL who is not part of the Champions trophy squad.

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  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    it's good idea to arrange tri series for sri Lankan players before CT. I think young players should not participate in IPL. best example is Kusal perera. what happened to him in RR. he was benched as he failed early stage in the tournament. what a waste of time.

  • NUNA_1980 on May 7, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    This is good positive move I guess. Now Everyone forget the IPL(expect what you learn from people like Waqar, Donald, etc.) it's just Entreating period both player and spectators. Now the big tournament ahead as Sri Lanka is not hot favorite but you all know how they performed in big occasions (except final) This is the time Sri Lankan team having transition Big guns having later part of their career so the time for young player to take their responsibility. Well about Mathews captaincy sorry to say he is bellow the line I guess. He might need read the game and adjust according to that change his plan, try different things more importantly he need to understand the strength of individuals that's the key of captaincy. Good luk SL boys, we always right behind you guys !!!

  • Sakthiivel on May 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    SLC have no rights to call its players back., IPL has paid the players, whatever may be players should be present till the end of league game at-least.

  • SLMaster on May 6, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Organizing a tournament and recalling players are both good moves. Youngsters shouldn't have participated in IPL first place.

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on May 6, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Good Move............ preparation for the CT is important for the Lanka Cricket

  • Dhutugemunu on May 5, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    @ ARad ; Danajaya and Kulasekara were withdrew from CSK due to Tamilnadu politics. So only 10 SL players in this IPL.

  • Indian_Logic on May 5, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    IPL is a holiday package :) SL players shine when they are branded as one unit not individually as SUPER STARS.SL is a team and they are best when they play as a team.We will play well in CT.India is u know always try to say they are champions before they even go.Lets watch and see LIons will roar.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on May 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Hon Mr S.T Jayasuriya see my selection Sri Lankan Combined XI Thilina Kandamby(Cpt) Mahela Udawatte Ian Daniels Chamara Kapugedara Indika de Seram Kaushal Lokuarachchi Sachith Pathirana Suraj Randiv Nuwan Pradeep Dhammika Prasad Ishan Mutaliph(wk) 12th Dilhara Lokuhettige

    Sri Lankan XI Dinesh Chandimal(Cpt & wk) T Dilshan Kusal Perera Lahiru Thirimanna Upul tharanga Jeevan Mendis Fervees Mahroof(good replacement for Thisara) Nuwan Kulasekara Shaminda Eranda Rangana Herath Akila Dhananjaya 12th Chanaka Welagedara

    Sri Lankan A XI Dimuth Karunaratne(Cpt) Kaushal Silva(Wk) Angelo Perera Udara Jayasundara Kithruwan Withanage Ashan Priyanjan Ishan Jayaratne Vimukthi Perera Suranga Lakmal Malinda Pushpakumara Tharindu Kaushal 12th Lahiru Gamage

    good idea for organizing that series!

  • FAB_ALI on May 5, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    One comment from a Lankan Fan who knows the truth clears all doubts in everyone's mind. It states "our cricket board needs IPL funds to survive or lets live without cricket then".!!!!