Duleep to mediate in a bid to resolve crisis
The Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge yesterday
appointed Duleep Mendis Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket to
mediate and resolve the crisis between the SLC Interim Committee and the
players who have signed to play in next year’s Indian Premier League
The second session of the high profile Indian Premier League Twenty20
tournament will clash with Sri Lanka’s tour to England next year and the
Minister was expected to deliver the final verdict following a
discussion with both parties.
However the Minister was forced to delay the final decision as the
players had informed their inability to attend the meeting. As a result
Duleep Mendis former Sri Lanka captain and the Chief Executive Officer
of the SLC took over the responsibilities of finding a solution for this
Mendis is scheduled to meet all players who have signed to play in
the Indian Premier League during the weekend and is expected to provide
a full report to the Minister before finalising the matter.
The SLC initially granted permission for the players to participate
in the Indian Premier League for a period of one year.
The six week tournament will start on April 10 and will clash with
the first Test match between England and Sri Lanka which is scheduled
for May 8.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah
Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga are
among those who have signed lucrative three year deals with the IPL
Sri Lanka accepted an invitation to tour England and play two Tests
and three one day internationals after the ECB severed sporting
relations with Zimbabwe because of the political unrest in the country.
As a result the ECB moved quickly to fill the void for two Test
matches and three one day internationals during April and May 2009.
Lankans for Canada tourney
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday confirmed their participation
in the Twenty20 quadrangular limited overs tournament in Toronto, Canada
from October 10 to 13.
Sri Lanka will join the hosts Canada, Pakistan and the West Indies in
this inaugural event.
In another development Dian Gomes yesterday tendered his resignation
from the Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee with immediate effect due
to escalating business commitments. No replacement have been named yet.