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Retired spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on Friday slammed Sri Lankan Cricket Board for asking its players to return home midway through the Indian Premier League for a tour to England, saying the No Objection Certificate had permitted them to play till May 20.

"I think the board (SLC) has given them permission till May 20. I don't know what happened suddenly. The players were told to come on May 5. It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is something wrong," Muralitharan, who quit international cricket after Sri Lanka's defeat to India in the World Cup final early this month, said.

"Players will get demoralised because if they go back on May 5 they play half of the IPL and they are going to miss a lot. SLC should have informed the players earlier, then the IPL franchises would understand and everyone would understand," he said.

Muralitharan said that the incident could spark "friction" between cricket boards of the two countries and SLC would lose a lot financially if it antagonises the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).

"There'll be a little bit of friction between the board (SLC) and the players and even the Indian Cricket Board. If the SLC is not going to support they are going to miss a lot from India, because when India tours Sri Lanka it is very important and if we are not playing in the Champions League Twenty20 we are going to lose some money. Friendship between India and Sri Lanka will be negative," he said.

"We have 25 million dollars of debt after World Cup. You don't have to antagonise India because when India comes only we make money and survive, so I don't know what's going to happen.

"It might get sorted. These things happen between countries but in the end financially we depend on India, whatever said and done. SLC will have to be careful," he told a TV channel. (PTI)
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  • Roadrunner Sunday, 17 April 2011 02:15 AM

    You are correct. This is another air lanka. every thing politics.

    Manmohan Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:12 AM

    Murali is the only one who speak about this .... coz he is free and respected....

    Manmohan Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:00 AM

    Murali is the only one who speak about this .... coz he is free and respected....

    Rajive Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:22 AM

    If the Sri Lankan deligation was treated well during the WC final this wouldn't have happened.

    Godaya Sunday, 17 April 2011 04:23 AM

    Murali is right in his comments, and he is no longer under obligation to lick anybody's back.

    Sam Sunday, 17 April 2011 04:30 AM

    Has Murali migrated to his wife's country?

    tite Monday, 18 April 2011 03:57 AM

    YEs murali you did very well in the last world cup to give away the trophy.

    Pontingsa Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:33 AM

    I love it. Divide and rule!

    myil selvan Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:49 AM

    Nice Murali, I like it. Pity you didn't speak up more often, only now when you have nothing to lose.

    gona Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:51 AM

    M comment is "I think", so does not know for certain or speaking based on fact????

    Citizen Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:18 AM

    What a big Joke ? No need to depend on india ? Hello you dont know we are eating Indian Chicken ? Onion ? even Egg ? all dress are from India ? ???????? very soon all our ministers will have indian wife ????

    Man B Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:58 AM

    after he leaves from the SLC he try get hero stand. Cricket is full of politics.

    polonga sumathipala Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:45 AM

    Murali, are you trying to get Indian citizenship?

    Mohamed Sunday, 17 April 2011 05:34 AM

    If SLC signed a contract (NOC) with BCCI they should honour it.

    SureshP Sunday, 17 April 2011 06:01 AM

    Cricket is Murali's business. Or didn't you know? What is yours?

    SureshP Sunday, 17 April 2011 06:07 AM

    Why not? SLC cancelled a UK tour once before on politcal preasure. Why is it different now?

    Uditha Sunday, 17 April 2011 06:05 AM

    Maybe this is why we lost the world cup too... So as not to antagonize India.

    Paradise man Saturday, 16 April 2011 11:26 AM

    Mr. Murali, do you mean to say that we should miss UK tour because of IPL? i think you are forgeting your bath pingana

    gamini Saturday, 16 April 2011 11:54 AM

    If you spell out you opinion in Sri Lanka, you are deemed a traitor. My advice to Murali is better observe silence.

    Mudalali Saturday, 16 April 2011 11:59 AM

    Cricket was a battle between Ball & Bat
    Current cricket is a battle among Ball, Bat & Money

    Sammy Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:10 AM

    Very sensible statement by Murali. SLC should have got their act together & sorted the matter out before the NOC was issued till 20th May, instead of in a haphazard manner.

    Ravindra Gunawardena Monday, 18 April 2011 04:47 AM

    Why you forgot the Murali's role in the semifinals with NZ. ........? if he was not there we were not able to come to the final even.

    Extreme Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:44 AM

    This is a disgrace to SL. murali even if what you are saying is true you shouldn't have said it in Indian media." We survive only when India plays us" I don't know much about all this but this whole article is so wrong in many levels

    Tony Sunday, 17 April 2011 07:48 AM

    Murali, don't act too smart. Wonder whether you have a hiden agenda playing for IPL!!!!

    priyantha Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:24 PM

    yes , murali is absolutely correct.... SLC needs professionals...

    wasantha Saturday, 16 April 2011 12:53 PM

    no need to depend on india

    Piratheepan Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:14 AM

    Murali mind your own business.....

    ghaffari farook Sunday, 17 April 2011 08:27 AM

    Why you people are getting angry when someone says the fact. If SLCB sign a contract then they have to wait till 20th of may why sudden change.

    J.D Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:37 AM

    U R Correct.... SLCB should think before they grant permission players to play in IPL......

    Yehiya-Doha Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:40 AM

    Our total state administration is like that.

    Musnad Sufian Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:40 AM

    Mind Your tongue Murali. They will dump aqll what you did to this country and brand you as a traitor and the so called patriots will join them. you know what happened to SF

    Mushi Saturday, 16 April 2011 06:45 AM

    Murali, we are not depending on IND for everything.

    sham Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:08 AM

    IN OUR COUNTRY EVERYTHING IS LIKE THISSS

    Common Man Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:09 AM

    This shows that SL lacks Clear Cut Policy making decisions. Cricket one example only.

    Gajo Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:09 AM

    In which way our we not dependant on in India?

    LK Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:11 AM

    I bet you also mind your own work.

    MM Monday, 18 April 2011 06:20 AM

    Wow...I did not know that SLC is also run by BCCI! Interesting when you think about the WC final!!!

    Bird Eye Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:09 AM

    SL officials don't care. They may be planning to cover the lost by taxing the poor lankans.

    dond Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:33 AM

    depends on BCI.yes true but does that have to be the same for ages?

    good doc Saturday, 16 April 2011 07:57 AM

    NO, WE ARE DEPENDANT! THAT IS WHY ,WE LOST THE WORLD CUP! SORRY TO SAY THAT

    Nissanka Saturday, 16 April 2011 09:07 AM

    Murali is right. SLC should have sorted this out before.
    All this is because of political interferenace. We should not antagonise our big brother.

    jilmart Saturday, 16 April 2011 08:53 AM

    Get lost from SL team. No need anymore double game guys

    Guru Saturday, 16 April 2011 10:22 PM

    Well said Murali. Thankls for your guts.

    Boby Saturday, 16 April 2011 09:41 AM

    Murali can not interfere in SLCB decision

    MagodisThuma Sunday, 17 April 2011 01:45 AM

    Yes Murali...is afraid of India...India is inside his home !.


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