Sri Lankan Sports Authorities on Tuesday have ordered all the National Cricketers who are representing the National Cricket Team who are now attending the lucrative Indian Premier League Cricket Tournament in India to return home at least on 05th of May to attending practice sessions ahead of the National Team’s tour of England begins on 10th of May.
Altogether 11 National Sri Lankan Cricketers including the resigned Captain of the Sri Lankan Team Kumar Sangakkara and his Deputy Mahela Jayawardena are currently playing for the IPL Tournament which is running up to 28th of May. However this order will not applied for the Ace Spinner Mutttaia Muralideran who was already retired from all forms of cricket except 20-20 ODI ‘s and attending the IPL as well.
The Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said that he wants the National Cricketers to prioritize the national side over the lucrative IPL which is paying millions of dollars to the players.The Sports Ministry has decided to introduce new law that give permission for the National Players to play foreign tournaments that will not affect the the official fixtures of National Cricket Team.
However the Ministry has not said how can they penalized the Players who are failed to attend Match Practices as required but it has learn t that those players likely to be dropped from the side.Sri Lankan National Cricket Team is due to leave for England on 10th of May for a Two Month Test and ODI Series.