Former Sri Lanka captain and present chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya feels that it will be better if junior Sri Lankan players are kept away from IPL although it remains an "individual decision".
The dashing opener feels that Sri Lankan people don't like young players participating in the IPL because they adopt different technique which is detrimental to their game.
"However, experienced cricketers playing in IPL is infact good. But it is left to individual player's discretion which of the two games is better for him," he added.
Jayasuriya said that the national captaincy has been handed over to Angelo Mathews for the smooth transition of the team.
"We have picked up some young players and also appointed Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal as captain and vice-captain for smoother transition of the team. We need to get youngsters groomed by playing alongside senior players, before they quit," the prolific opener of yester years told mediapersons on the sidelines of a promotional event for the Sri Lanka tourism.
"In few years time, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekratne Dilshan Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene will not be there on the scene," he stated.
Asked why Sri Lanka hardly win matches overseas, Jayasuriya said it was unfortunate that the team lost in recently concluded Australia series, but they played well in the third Test at Sydney.
"There is a need to concentrate more on Test cricket and strengthen the bowling department," Jayasuriya said adding that the selectors have picked up Chaminda Vaas as Sri Lanka's bowling coach. (Press Trust of India)
Sri Lankan Players should be banned from playing IPL This game is corrupted. In India every thing is corrupted.
Sammy Saturday, 23 February 2013 07:24 AM
Now that this guy is out of IPL from which he benefited financially, he is singing a different tune.
T.P Mendis Saturday, 23 February 2013 08:31 AM
This guy still wanted to play for the national team even after 38 but now he's telling that it is needed to groom young talent in SL cricket. This person will ruin SL cricket..
Kaslana Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:38 AM
Wonder how much bribe the senior players will pay this bloke to put the spanner in the spokes. Watch out Juniors!!!
T.A.D Pasenajith Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:48 AM
Sanath why not experienced cricketers set an example.
Mutu Saturday, 23 February 2013 01:06 AM
According to this fellow the IPL can be renamed as OPL (OLD PLAYERS LEAGUE !!!!)
Ranjit Serasinghe Saturday, 23 February 2013 01:14 AM
IPL is money and betting but not cricket. ICC should take a decision how to limit this type of cricket. Ranjit
chandrakumar Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:21 AM
Hey Sanath, why only young players should stay away from IPL. All players who participate in IPL should not be considered for national selection. Then problem will get resolved within one year. Just recruit the raw talent. If the so called senior players try to dictate terms with IPL participation show them the door to exit.
lankansri Saturday, 23 February 2013 05:33 PM
Aha? Good ploy to minimize competition at the table
gunasili Sunday, 24 February 2013 09:34 AM
sour grapes as he failed to get a place in the IPL
shan Saturday, 23 February 2013 06:31 PM
LOOK WHO IS COMMENTING ABOUT IPL. IF HE IS INVITED TO PLAY HE WILL GLADY ACCEPT IT FORGETING ALL THE POSTS HE IS HOLDING
cricket fan Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM
cuz he isn't young via DM Android App
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