Muttiah Muralitharan believes that the Sri Lankan Cricket Board are doing more harm than good in their decision to issue an early recall to the Sri Lankan players in the IPL.
On Tuesday the Sri Lankan Board demanded that the players participating in the IPL return home early in order to prepare for their upcoming tour of England which will include three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 international.
Muralitharan, one of 11 Sri Lankans involved in the IPL, is perplexed by the board’s decision, with the first Test against England only set for May the 26th in Cardiff.
“I think the board [SLC] has given them permission till May 20,” Muralitharan told a TV channel. “I don’t know what happened suddenly. The players were told to come on May 5. It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC (No Objection certificate) till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is wrong.”
The record breaking off-spinner – who plays for new IPL franchise the Kochi Kerala Tuskers – added: “Players will get demoralised, because if they go back on May 5, they play half of the IPL and they are going to miss a lot. SLC should have informed the players earlier, then the IPL franchises would understand and everyone would understand.”
“We have 25 million dollars of debt after the World Cup. You don’t have to antagonise India because only when India comes (to Sri Lanka) we make money and survive, so I don’t know what’s going to happen.” Cricket365