IPL or National Team?

  Recently IPL t20 has struck with a Crisis, the Sri Lankan Sports Minister Mahinadananda Althugamage has asked the Sri Lankan players in IPL t20 to return on May 5. The reason he points out is for the England tour, the Sri Lankan team is heading to England on May 10. But the weird thing is the First test kicks off only on May 26. This has created a confusion among the IPL Franchisees as the IPL has Sri Lankan players as the main Task force. This includes senior players such as Mahela Jayawardene(Kochi Tuskers), Dilshan(RCB), Sangakkara(Deccan Chargers) and IPL heroes like Malinga.

  Rumors spread that Sri Lankan Board is throwing an attack to the IPL resulting from improper reception of Sri Lankan Board for the World Cup 2011. Sri Lankan Cricket Board has refused the request of  BCCI to extend the availability of players stating that National Interest is way above the IPL. Now the crisis has gone to Sri Lankan Board too, as players refuse to return by May 5th. This might either result in Disciplinary actions against players - affecting the Team in the end.
  The Sri Lankan players involved in IPL are :
  • Mahela Jayawardene -Kochi Tuskers
  • Tisara Perera             -Kochi Tuskers
  • T Dilshan                   -RCB
  • Nuwan Pradeep         -RCB
  • Kumar Sangakkara    - Deccan Chargers
  • Suraj Randiv               -CSK
  • Nuwan Kulasekara     -CSK
  • Fernando                    -Mumbai Indians
  • Malinga                      -Mumbai Indians
  • Angelo Mathews         -Pune Warriors
  • Muralitharan               -Kochi Tuskers(Not required to return, as he Retired from International Cricket)
Update : The Sri Lankan Board has added fury to this claim with Malinga reportedly being injured and not available for the Test series against England. The 27 year old Fast Bowler, who is the spearhead of Mumbai Indians has written a letter to Srilankan Board mentioning his unavailability in the Test series due to a nagging Knee cap. The Sri Lankan board is furious and has called Malinga back immediately for rehab.
  Meanwhile BCCI has responded to the call of Sri Lankan Board saying - 
   "As per the understanding between BCCI and SLC, Lankan players were to stay on till May 22. It was on the basis of that the teams had bought the Lankan players. According to IPL rules, only those cricketers who are available for the whole season without injury are supposed to be paid the entire salary. We are telling the Lankan board that its cricketers' salaries would be blocked for now if they leave without honouring their commitments." 

Update: Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from Test cricket due to prolonging Knee Injury. He will be available for ODI's and T20's for the country in future. This decision has been rumored as a huge leap to silence the Selection issues of the Sri Lankan Team mentioned above. Do you think this is the right decision to make for the Spearhead? Malinga said

    "Although I am sufficiently fit to play both ODI and T20 cricket, I have a long-standing degenerative condition in my right knee that needs to be carefully managed,The condition relates directly to the chronic knee injury I sustained playing for Sri Lanka in Australia back in February 2008, an injury that prevented me from playing ODI cricket for 16 monthsThe injury was a career-threatening injury and my orthopaedic surgeon was of the opinion that given his experience with other professional athletes in Australia I was very fortunate to play again. I have since been advised by the national team physiotherapist and my orthopaedic consultant that my condition will deteriorate when fielding or bowling for prolonged periodsI did try to return to Test cricket after a three-year absence last year (against India) following requests from the team management and the selectors, but it left me unfit nursing severe knee pain for two months", Malinga said.
  "I have realised that the heavy workload of Test cricket, which requires a fast bowler to be able to bowl more than 15 overs, sometimes on consecutive days, could lead to permanent injury. I have carefully considered my options and have decided that not playing Test cricket will help me achieve my goal of representing Sri Lanka in the 2012 World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup" he added.

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