Two veteran Lankan players, including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, have differing views on the lack of Sri Lankan players in the IPL.
The IPL auction for the next 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), hosted by the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) on February 18, 2021 in Chennai, saw all registered Sri Lankan players go unsold . The T20 Extravaganza won’t feature any Island Nation players this year. Two veteran Lankan players, including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, have contrasting views on this.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer and current director of cricket with the Royals of Rajasthan Kumar Sangakkara has expressed his opinion on the whole matter saying that there were many competent Sri Lankan players registered for the auction, but the uncertainty around their availability for the whole season due to the programming of the program. Sri Lanka International Cricket (SLC), resulted in unsold items.
“There were fantastic players [in the Lanka Premier League] and Sri Lanka now. But I think the crucial thing is the unpredictability of SLC’s touring schedule. [Sri Lanka Cricket] where it is very difficult to predict how long players may be available and whether they should even leave at some point in the IPL season, ”Sangakkara, cricket director for Rajasthan Royals, said at a conference. virtual press Friday.
“So it adds a bit of volatility that franchises hesitate a bit. This is one of the reasons you see a lack of Sri Lankan actors in the IPL and certainly not because they don’t have the capacity, ”he added.
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However, former Sri Lanka captain and current head coach of defending Mumbai Indians champions Mahela Jayawardene disagrees with Kumar Sangakkara as he believes Sri Lankan players did not meet the criteria. of IPL franchises were looking in the auction.
“It’s disappointing and disheartening, I think a few guys were on the radar, but it’s a tough place because we’re looking for 20 or so slots for foreign players, and the majority of those slots were for to fast bowlers and everyone. curves. Sri Lanka is lacking a bit of that, ”said Jayawardene, head coach of the Mumbai Indians.