Malinga, Thisara free to play IPL: Jayasuriya

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The two Sri Lanka players in the current IPL, Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera, would be free to continue playing in the IPL if they don’t make themselves available for the forthcoming tour of Ireland and England, Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said.

The chief selector said the two senior players, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene along with Malinga, would anyway not be considered for the Irish leg of the tour.

With the contract dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and the players yet to resolved, the selectors have asked players to come clear on their availability for the forthcoming tour of Ireland and England.

Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said the players had been asked to inform about their availability for the twin tours beginning May 6 and ending on June 28.

Sri Lanka will engage Ireland in two ODIs in Dublin on May 6 and 8 before starting the England tour with two T20 matches. There will be five ODIs and two Tests at Lord’s and Headingley.

SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said players can sign tour specific contracts. This is indicative of the unresolved state of the contract dispute.

Players demanded 20 per cent from SLC’s ICC revenue and the dispute threatened Sri Lanka’s chances in the world T20 which they ultimately won.
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  • coastel@beruwala Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:26 AM

    don't blame malinga!! he is searching another victory against india with in 14th IPL session?

    sobers Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:01 AM

    Players deserve more than the cricket board staff.

    Concerned Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:04 AM

    Does that mean that they can forget about their duty towards their country in the face of IPL? IPL first and country second? Ridiculous!

    ANTON Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:18 AM

    THANKS D/MINISTER, LET THESE POOR BOYS EARN SOMETHING MORE AND SHOW THEIR NATURAL TALENT TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:20 AM

    May be Jayasuriya got scared that these two also resign if he objects.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:29 AM

    Sanath, why you only permit these two to play, how about others?

    premalal Saturday, 19 April 2014 02:44 PM

    Why not? They work for their living. We can not say that of our politicians.

    Azee Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:21 PM

    Are the millions and millions of dollars earned by the cricketers tax- free ? via DM Android App

    Sim Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:09 AM

    Hard earned money spent on White Elephants. Why can't SLC pay what the players earned from ICC

    flatwhite Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:10 AM

    No signing no play for the country and we should consider the players who are eligible to play. No player or any official is bigger than the game.

    Ravi Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:14 AM

    Kris Baba, only these two got the IPL contracts, apart from Murali I suppose.

    Azee, Yes we pay their taxes. Can any body explain ? Ha ha !!

    Fayad Monday, 21 April 2014 07:16 AM

    Keep a side the Ireland tour England tour is not important for Malinga & Tissara ???

    randy Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:32 AM

    Others were not chosen at IPL bidding


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