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SLC writes to Indian board about early release of IPL players

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

May 8, 2013

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Thisara Perera and Kumar Sangakkara celebrate a wicket, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, Hyderabad, May 4, 2013
SLC are keen on their players, who are not central to their IPL team's plans at the moment, to play in a domestic practice series ahead of the Champions Trophy © BCCI

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has written to the BCCI, asking whether some Sri Lanka players could be released early from the ongoing IPL to prepare for next month's Champions trophy in England, according to SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga.

The Sri Lanka board had been mulling whether to recall some of the underperforming players - who are not central to their IPL teams' plans at the moment - to allow them to play in a practice series. Now, after formally asking the Indian board, SLC is awaiting a response on the same, Ranatunga said.

"We have written to the BCCI on Monday and are waiting to hear from them whether some of the players can be released to play in the one-day triangular series, which SLC has organised as preparation for the Champions trophy," said Ranatunga. "The BCCI must get through to the respective franchises and then get back to us on whether any of the players selected for England can be released if they are not picked for the IPL matches. We know the players have a contractual obligation to the IPL teams they represent, so it is left to the franchises to make a decision to release them."

Nine of the ten Sri Lankan players playing in the IPL are part of Sri Lanka's 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy. Ajantha Mendis is the only Sri Lankan player in the IPL who is not part of the Champions Trophy squad.

SLC had earlier expressed concerns over the poor form of the Sri Lanka players in the IPL, which has led to some of them being dropped by their teams, and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews stepping down from the captaincy of Pune Warriors.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka board had announced a domestic 50-overs tournament to be played in Pallekele between May 12 and 20. Of the three squads named for the tournament, one included the Sri Lanka team picked for the Champions trophy, minus the IPL players. "If the IPL players are released we will include them instead of the players selected to represent the Sri Lanka team in the triangular," Ranatunga said.

The other two sides in the tournament will be the Sri Lanka A team, also selected to tour the West Indies next month, and a Sri Lanka Combined side.

Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga and Chanaka Welegedara are the only players from the Champions Trophy squad, who currently figure in the Sri Lanka team named for the triangular series.

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Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

SLC asking Indian board their permision? are the SL players Or Indian Players?

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

I'm really happy to hear that Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan will not be picked for next year IPL. I'm even more happy to hear that no SL Player will be selected for next IPL. It's clear that they want to have Dhoni's and Kholi's teams in the final. Look at the Indian players given to Sanga. Useless players. Still they managed to fight with top teams. Sanga's performances were awful but he is the only captain who did well. Mathews is a useless captain and Mahela is doing the same mistakes he did when captaining SL national team. If NZ can call their players early why can't SLCB can't. T20 and 50 over matches are different. They have to adapt to 50 overs immediately. So bring them home immediately. It's the Champions Trophy and the last time of it. Don't waste time on stupid IPL

Posted by   on (May 11, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

@Danafur. yeah SL has always been underestimated before a major international tournament, but they had always done well in the recent times simple because of the fact that they play best as a unit. You have mentioned Lahiru, Chandimal and Kulasekara have not featured at ALL. Lahiru and Chandimal are not a part of this year's IPL and Kulasekara is in the CSK, since SL players are banned from playing in Chennai, the franchise is obviously looking for another bowler to fill in Kulasekara's place in both home and away games so they can find a set winning combination. Please do get your facts right!

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

SL players have not been at their best . no question that its dissaapointing. But you know what is the most dissapointing thing about IPL? India players . People talk about playing at home . India is home for indian players . No one , absolutely no one has player anyway near what oversea's players have performed. Gayle, Hussey, Miller, Watson, Bravo, Perera, Johnson have been the real performers . Virat, Rahane , Dravid,Kumar, Raina, and Dhoni have not let india down. But all others have underperformed . Just check the MVP segment.

Posted by Prem2248 on (May 10, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

If we have the kind of selectors that they have in England they will definitely fill those 5 places that I have mentioned above among the under mentioned brilliant youngsters the likes of Khausal Silva, AngeloPerera,KithruwanW, Gayan Maneshan,Shehan Jayasuriya,Ashen Silva, Sachithra Serasinghe,UmeshKarunarathna, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Madawa Warnapura; Ajantha Mendis, MalindaPushpakumara,Tharindu Khausal,DulanjanaMendis,…

Posted by ms2000 on (May 10, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

A lot have been proved about the SL players at the IPL. Their standards are far below than most of the cllub players in India.IPL wil surely re consider getting any Sri Lanka player for the next IPL. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Murali are playing probably the last IPL. Time for them to retire before they are thrown out of the national 20/20 team. Mathews has proved beyond doubt that he is not a Captain. he has no qualities of a captain. he's got a long long way to go. Sri Lanka has made yet another mistake by by his appointment as the Captain to the National side. Sorry but the Sri Lankans play a gentlemens game in that spirit. Good luck to all of you.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

@Kashi0127- ipl season 1 - hussey played jst 3 matches,raina scores ony in 30's n there was no bravo n jadeja in csk..........yet they qualified into final.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (May 9, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

I was hoping for next Chennai match opposing teams to dictate selection of CSK team in lieu of SL players not being allowed to play there. Actually that is what every other team should have bargained for with BCCI/ CSK. The strategy should have been "I will not play 2 Sl players, you (CSK)drop the ones I tell you to, meaning two of Hussey, Raina, Jadeja, Bravo" Then we could have seen how many matches CSK would have won

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

please take all, they are warming the bench here.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (May 9, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

SLC is welcome, anyhow no team is going to be affected except MI to an extent, because none of them performing.

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