Sri Lankan minister steps in to avert SLC-BCCI clash

first_imgA major fallout between the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India and Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) may be averted with the Lankan government gearing up to extend its players’ deadline in IPL 4. Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has spelt out his willingness to consider a compromise formula after a hard stance of the SL government and the SLC. The SLC was earlier adamant on Lankan players’ return by May 5, but reports claim the Lankan Board has agreed to BCCI’s demand of allowing its players to stay on till May 15.  The minister expressed his willingness to extend the original May 5 deadline while confirming receipt of several communique from the BCCI over the issue. Citing cordial and friendly relations with India and saying that they would not want to embarrass the BCCI, the minister confirmed his decision to convince the Sri Lankan Board and its selection committee. Lasith Malinga told to returnEarlier, after summoning its national players to leave the IPL4 midway and report for the pre-tour camp to England on May 5, the SLC asked Lasith Malinga to return though he is not slated to tour England for the Test series.  Malinga is a key member of the IPL’s Mumbai Indians squad and was expected to feature in the entire season. The SLC has not taken kindly to Malinga’s absence from the Test team, citing injury but playing in the cash-rich T20 league.  Former Sri Lanka captain and current chairman of selectors Duleep Mendis minced no words in questioning Malinga’s decision to stay away from the national Test side while being available for the IPL. Mendis has written to Malinga urging him to return from the IPL to undergo his rehabilitation programme so that he can return to top fitness and be available for the Sri Lankan natioanl team at the earliest.advertisementSLC secretary Nishant Ranatunga, too, expressed his dissatisfaction over Malinga continuing to play in the IPL.The BCCI had said it might block payments of Lankan players for IPL4 if the SLC did not allow its players to stay on for the entire season.According to sources, the BCCI has been miffed at the SLC after its request to allow the Lankan cricketers to stay back was turned down. Sources confirmed that the BCCI might ask the IPL franchises to withhold the payments of Lankan players and even not pay the SLC its share of 10 per cent of the players’ earnings.According to IPL rules, only those players would be paid their entire salary who stay on till the end, that is May 22.There are 10 Sri Lankan players playing in the IPL. The collective earnings of these players this season is estimated around $56,80,000 of which SLC stands to gain $5,68,000 as per its contract with the BCCI.last_img

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