Earlier in the day, SLC had also ensured that the glitzy IPL doesn’t lose a major chunk of its sheen by allowing seven of their other players — two of whom are captaining their respective franchises — to continue playing in the IPL till May 18, 10 days prior to the final.
Following a meeting with sports minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the board also announced that the seven, who are part of Sri Lanka’s Test squad for the England tour — Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratane Dilshan, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Pradeep and Thissara Perera — will then fly directly from Mumbai to London a day before their second tour-game against England Lions at Cardiff.
The Sri Lankan selectors, led by chairman Duleep Mendis, had earlier in the week demanded that their England-bound players return home on May 5 for a preparatory camp prior to leaving for the three-match series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, had then approached their Sri Lankan counterparts and asked them to reconsider the selectors’ decision.
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