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Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage today said that disciplinary action will be taken against those Sri Lanka cricket team members who fail to return from the IPL for the practice matches for the England tour once they are selected.

The Sri Lankans are scheduled to leave for England on May 10, and the IPL-contracted players have been requested to return home at least by May 5 to prepare for the tour. The IPL ends on the May 28.

“On a recommendation made by the national selection committee I have instructed the secretary of the board to inform the players to return by at least the 5th of May to prepare for the tour,” Sri Lanka’s sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.

“When contracted players of Sri Lanka Cricket represent other tournaments, they should make sure that their priority lies with the national team and this will be strictly adhered to in the future,” Aluthgamage added.

The move is in complete contrast to the one that was taken three years ago when it cancelled a tour of England in 2009 to allow the players participate in the hugely popular Twenty20 league in 2008.

Besides Sangakkara and Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Nuwan Pradeep are some of the Sri Lankan players involved in the fourth season of the IPL
 

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Dinithi Tuesday, 12 April 2011 14:54
The tone of the news item suggests that the relationship between some of the players and the ministry/SLC is not good.
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Nina Kamal Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:00
Hina, hina, hina, hina wenna hina....... Look whose talking?
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Roshan Wednesday, 13 April 2011 01:52
nice comment. i love it :)
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Imran Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:01
Sanga Captain in Deccan Chargers, Mahela Captain in Kochi. lets c the disciplinary action.
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Jaufer Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:04
There you go...Fallout starts..
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musnad sufian Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:35
Is nt playing @IPL considered as practice
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rajans Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:09
NO way... IPL is mere hard hitting cricket format. When playing those and go to England's seaming wickets is a nightmare. It is very important to practice in England conditions in advance.
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DT Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:16
actually, no. The IPL is twenty20 tournament and SL is touring England for a Test and ODI series. hope this answers your question ;)
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Kishan Dissanayake Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:44
This is uncalled for.
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Ignorant Tuesday, 12 April 2011 15:51
The banana republic at it's best, sanga and mahela should consult mervyn .
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Ishan Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:07
Good decision... We should not let India to ruin other countries cricketing future.. This is too much... now cricket is like india's property....
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N.C.Wijeratne Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:15
Good- take disciplinary action against those who dropped Ajantha Mendis for the finals without proper consultations with those concerned and matter......!!!!!
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jay Wednesday, 13 April 2011 01:05
All the SL players should stay in IPL since they have consulted the SLC before they signed it. If all stay in
IPL, what SLC can do. Drop them all? Ha Ha
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Dillon Wednesday, 13 April 2011 01:42
The minister should have let the players to finish the IPL and return to England by the 2nd test.
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Sam Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:14
It is now clear that he is the one who would have resigned instead of Aravinda, Sanga & Mahela
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clear?? Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:43
yes .for not letting our players play their IPL instaed of playing for the country
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varuna Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:46
And now they are gonna revenge from the players.what disgusting move by the politicized cricket board
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Bharana Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:52
Why they need that much of practice ? are they babies ?
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Suny J Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:02
When Arjuna rasied this issue when he was the interim committee president MR intervened and gave green light to the players to put IPL first and country second .....why is this change NOW ??? ???
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Rudy Wednesday, 13 April 2011 04:55
Exactly!!
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clear?? Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:43
the differance is arjuna brought upon an unsheduled english tour on our boys head to please the ECB when pak vs eng tour was cancelled. But this one is a fully scheduled calender test
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Hipo Wednesday, 13 April 2011 16:43
Because President's pet was playing IPL then.
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J Dan Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:19
Mr Minister you will go in to records for the downfall of Sri Lanka cricket.
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Dillon Wednesday, 13 April 2011 07:59
NOpe I dont think so. THis is the national interest against personal gains. Do you like to see Sri Lankan team playing 3 Test matches without key players?
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mokuthnodannapodieka Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:32
Mr. Dillon, Dont be so jealous. Learn to enjoy someone earn something that is worth their talent. These "personal gains" are hard earned and do you want to talk about our minister's "personal gains"?
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rishui Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:23
Is it not starange when the nawalapitiya chandiya says country first- country first only in cricket??????? what about the corruption in SL. is it myself first?
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A.J Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:47
well , politics aside , good move , time has come for us to focus on Sri Lankan cricket rather than helping India by playing in the IPL
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Wimal Herbert Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:54
Minister Aluthgamage is behaving the same way as the proverbial monkey who got hold of a razor blade. What is he going to do if all the players (mind you they constitute the cream of Sri Lanka's cricket) defy his edict? I suspect that some will. Then Minister Aluthgamage can become a member of the Sri Lanka cricket team and tour England!
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Rudy Wednesday, 13 April 2011 04:58
Possibly its because a certain former player with high political connections has not been included in the IPL this time.
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UNESH Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:21
very true rudy
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TRUTHFULL Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:58
Before penalizing the players how about punishing the board officials of mass corruption and inefficiency in conducting the ICC 2011 World cup. Minister please correct yourself before preaching our talented players.
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Johann Gunasekara Wednesday, 13 April 2011 03:59
BCCL must have a clear policy of enforcing players contracts, IPL only helps ciricket in India as many young Indian hopefuls are pitted against the worlds best. We can't totally deny players the opportunity to earn mega bucks, but there must be a system to deter them from putting self before country
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RDA Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:06
most sensible comment... corruption at SLC in gov aside.. we all knw they are wrong, but that doesnt mean we need to focus more on IPL and sacrifice national commitments,,, look at aussies they playing bangladesh.. without being at IPL.. after all we keep getting spanked by indians for sometime now.. rem dhoni said he knew all about murali..!
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Dillon Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:01
@Johann well said. This is about national interest against self.
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Ishan Wednesday, 13 April 2011 04:07
this is a good decision.... Why we give priority to improve indian cricket? Now cricket is like india's own property... We should not allow that...
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Prince Wednesday, 13 April 2011 04:53
Disciplinary action will be taken against politician not to National hero...
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Maurice Wednesday, 13 April 2011 04:58
The Sports Minister must go. He is the downfall of Sri Lankan cricket not forgetting his bosses.
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Labby Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:02
Looks like this is going to have a 'Kerry Packer' effect.
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Lakmal Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:11
I don't think our some of team mates agree to come before May 5th.

We can identify traitors after May 5th.
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krxy119 Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:12
When was this England tour planned? Before the players sign with IPL? Or after. Everybody need to act like professionals. Talented palyers and the administration
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Tharaka Chanaka Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:15
The cricketers should boycott the tour in sign of protest...
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Senaka Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:33
Although I am not a fan of the minister, his stance is abaolutely correct here. National duty has higher priority!
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village lad Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:34
It looks like sri lanka cricket is heading for disaster.How many people are involved in administration? Too many chefs spoil the soup.
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City lad Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:53
The correct phrase is "too many cooks spoil the soup".. :)
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Joel Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:30
The correct usage is "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
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Sulaimaan Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:48
This is an FTP tour so they will have to forgo the rest of their IPL matches.Our cricketers our professional and patriotic enough to honour their contracts.
But look at this man threatening our players, what about taking disciplinary action against the corrupt board officials????????
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Ceylonese Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:18
Yes In deed. The biggest joke is, the minister said that corrupt boad will not be resolved soon.
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D Perera Wednesday, 13 April 2011 07:59
this would explain alot about the WC final...........team selection????
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Bola Baba Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:24
This shows what happened to Gen.SF same thing !
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Ronny Wednesday, 13 April 2011 11:04
Quite right and these stupid politicians are pushing Sanga to be the next Presidential Candidate and if he so decides, all our support will be for SANGA. Thank you Mahindananda.
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Groundsman Wednesday, 13 April 2011 08:50
Does he have any idea about IPL or Cricket?
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Reyan Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:11
Maybe Aluthgamage did not get his 'share' from IPL committee this time...

from Kotmale....what he knows about cricket?
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christo Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:41
Let me tell you a story. You are in love with a girl. You get married with the consent of the parents. You go on your honeymoon. All of a sudden the boys father decides the girl is not good enough for his son and wants him to leave the wife and come home. Isn't it what the Minister wants. and to be threatened with disciplinary action from a man who himself was not given a ministry in the first instance due to a disciplinary matter. At this rate not only the IPL but not even a county will contract our players as they are subject to whims and fancies of a erratic group of people.
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asitha Wednesday, 13 April 2011 10:46
balla piduru kanneth ne. kana gonata denneth ne. EY emathi apey kollo keeyak hari hamba karagaddawi mahansivela. Nikang ara mahajanayaga salli sura kanne giya nene.
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Tilak Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:20
Exactly, what he knows about cricket. We must throw him out first
TM
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samath Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:22
SLCB is going to have another defeat by BCCI and this will be a big defeat than the world cup.
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Fazy Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:28
Coming colours not gud:) Arjuna take over and prove urself once again....
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Off Cut Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:56
The Indian High Commissioner will soon be meeting with the Sports Minister regarding this matter - like he did with the Health Minister recently !!
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Pubudu Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:20
Action of shortsighted politicians is becoming the order of the day. These matters should have been discussed and planned long ago.
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S.Sriranjan Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:37
Mr.MinisterI Don't worry about the players who couldn't return.Srilanka has Best Players who could able to hit Sixers,presently hitting to the media's about the Srilankan Economy!
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Senaka Ranasinghe Thursday, 14 April 2011 07:09
The entire country knew that these players were taking part in the IPL and the days of the tournament, from the the the bids and selections were announced. And I assume the Sports Minister has to sanction players leaving the country.Then why this sudden 360% turn.Is it the new selection committee trying to show their powerless and the expense of SL Cricket.? or the Sports Minister wants to take revenge from India in return of the treatment given to Ministers at the World Cup cricket. May this issue be sorted out with sober heads with SL cricket well being the priority and not petty personal agendas to ruin our cricket.
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