Sanga backs Indian Cricket board

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ICC cricketer of the year Kumar Sangakkara has backed the Indian cricket board to resolve the crisis surrounding the Deccan Chargers after the terminated Twenty20 franchise found new owners on Friday.

The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) last month terminated the franchise for various defaults including failure to pay players on time, but the owners refused to accept the decision and issued a legal challenge, which the BCCI threw out.

Deccan Chronicle Holdings, who paid $107 million for the franchise in 2008, informed the Indian stock exchanges on Friday of their decision to sell the team to Kamla Landmarc, a Mumbai-based real estate company.

The sale only fuelled speculation in local media that the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) champions will be relocated to another state in the cricket-crazy country.

Deccan captain Sangakkara told Reuters in Singapore on Saturday that the team, which also boasts South African seamer Dale Steyn and Australian batsman Cameron White, were in the dark about their futures but was hopeful of a solution.

"Players have been paid and that's great. The franchise has ensured that they've always kept their word to the players and honoured all the contracts they have signed," said Sangakkara, who scored 1,444 runs in 14 tests from August 2011 to Aug this year.

"They are now in arbitration with BCCI, I believe, to try and come to an agreement and the BCCI has always been very good in problem solving during the IPL they've done a great job over five years.

"Deccan Chargers is a great franchise to play for, so we as players, we can't control those things, we just wait and see as to what will happen."

Sangakkara, 34, who also amassed 1,457 runs at 42.85 from 37 one-day internationals in the award winning period was in Singapore to promote the charity "the foundation of goodness" along with former international team mate Muttiah Muralitharan.

The charity aims to provide greater opportunities for children in war-ravaged northern parts of Sri Lanka and tsunami hit areas of the south, with the duo arriving in Singapore with a under-19 team of players they hope can become internationals in the future.

"Of course as a cricketer, for selfish reasons, try and find the best cricketers to play for the country," Sangakkara said of the aims for the charity.

"We have had a tsunami orphan from the foundation play for the under-19s World Cup team a couple of months ago so these kids have a lot of talent we just need to give them the opportunity to refine those talents."

Offering coaching clinics to young fans and signing several autographs appeared to prove a nice way to forget about the Twenty20 World Cup loss to West Indies at home on Sunday.

"The fourth World Cup final, it was gut wrenching," the Sri Lankan said after losses to India last year and Australia in 2007 in the 50-over World Cup and the Twenty20 loss to England two years ago.

"Disappointing, but at the end of the day you have to accept the fact that to win the World Cup, you get to the finals, and that is the day you got to be at your best. Unfortunately we haven't be at our best on for occasions."

After the frustrations of another final loss, Sangakarra and Sri Lanka turn their attentions to the home series against New Zealand which begins with a Twenty20 match at the end of October.

New Zealand were swatted aside by West Indies in two tests in August before going down 2-0 in India shortly after, though Sangakkara believes the visitors' bowling attack needs to be watched.

"New Zealand's going to be a good challenge for us. They are a very good unit. They play very well together. So it'll be interesting to have them at home, after a while to see how we go with the team in transition." (Reuters)
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  • Santosh yadav Sunday, 14 October 2012 07:34 PM

    I hate IPL.Insteed of IPL they should increase the number of T-20 matches in International Cricket.

    John Monday, 15 October 2012 06:48 AM

    Yes, its business as usual for them - hardly a week of the thrashing by the Windies and they are playing..in SA T20s. Had they the time to even analyze what went wrong for corrective action?

    nalaka Sunday, 14 October 2012 06:26 AM

    what happened to your fighting ability in the T20 world cup finals you let the whole nation down

    saman Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Money talks via DM Android App

    kandykolla Sunday, 14 October 2012 07:28 AM

    It`s not Sanga !! Bad omen man !! bad omen !! After seeing the omen wickets fell like hell.....................................

    Awshad Rahim Sunday, 14 October 2012 08:04 AM

    Nalaka.Playing Cricket is not like going & buying Bread.Sanga played a very good shot & got out unlike Mahela & Anji.There is a way for any Batsmen to get out,otherwise they will score 1000 runs with ease.Our loss was entirely with Dilshan.He was not scoring at all & opened him all the time.Thissara Perera & Nuwan Kulasekera should be Upgraded for Sri Lanka to win Short Formats.

    Begging burger Sunday, 14 October 2012 09:38 AM

    Thank you for wining the final match. Sri Lanka cricket is now on water. We should critizise our fellow.! They are always good and over confident. They already brought many cups for our country & selling our cricketing knowldge for other countries Eg: Murali

    Nishantha Rajapaksa Sunday, 14 October 2012 09:34 AM

    going and buying bread hahahahahaha

    Asaranakolla Sunday, 14 October 2012 11:01 AM

    Machanglas, talking past pointless now, its bad dream for me too, ape welawa thamai, Sango we want you for SL cricket matters & developments, let BCCI handle the selves to solve thr matters and dont go behind money, much worth you do something to your school, club, country & last international.. AK

    sama Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:00 AM

    who cares IPL ? i lost faith on sanga & mahela when we lost t20. they cant handle pressure if we had players similar to Ara & gurusinghe we would ve won at least one worldcup. via DM Android App

    Mathukumara Monday, 15 October 2012 08:52 AM

    Sanga, Mahela and company praise the IPL, as that's all that matters to them. A whole nation was behind you. But you let us down very badly. You buggers would have been thinking of the IPL during the finals. Malinga should be sacked from cricket in SL. Let him be Sachins bed buddy as he's bowling extremely well for Mumbai Indians.

    Rimzan Hassan Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:20 PM

    Yeah, Bad Omen Indeed......

    Nasrullah-Beruwala Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:35 PM

    I can remember those days when Arjuna Ranathunga was sport minister! srilankan senior cricket players not willing to play for Srilanka in england. instead their in IPL commitment (Money). I sware most of current our cricketers not playing for our country! they are working (not paying) only for money ! money! money!

    Vaniceno Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:00 AM

    The Duckworth Lewis papers messed us up in the finals. I keep wondering if they were indeed them or a presidential order! via DM Android App

    Gayan Sunday, 14 October 2012 02:21 PM

    Next he will back the West Indian cricket board. Sadly no one to back SL.

    Ceylonese Monday, 15 October 2012 05:06 AM

    Absolutely. We need rock solid players like Ara and Arjuna who had never been shaken by any kind of pressure. These bunch of players always get pee in their pants in world cup finals four times and Aussie triangular last year. This bunch will reach many finals again (that's for sure) but get wet pants again and again.

    Sankar Sunday, 14 October 2012 03:30 PM

    Have a doubt now on this . Did we purposefully defeat in world cup match with india last time for these kind of changes?...may be something is behind to be in the board? very confusing now

    Sammy Monday, 15 October 2012 05:33 AM

    Atleast the IPL franchises have paid the players on time, unlike SLC who delayed these payments for long and cannot be relied upon.


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