Sri Lankan ICL players can play in domestic matches

January 19th, 2009 - 3:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Dubai, Jan 19 (ANI): Sri Lankan players contracted with the ICL can continue to play the domestic matches, according to Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge.

We have decided to continue with our earlier decision and to allow these players to play at the domestic level. However, they are banned to play at the national level, he said over telephone from Colombo.

Thus Sri Lankas new interim committee chairman S. Liyanagama has not overturned the decision taken by Arjuna Ranatunga, who came under heavy criticism when he revoked ban on ICL players, The Nation reported.

Marvan Atapattu, when approached at his Colombo residence, refused to say anything on this subject. Perhaps, he is fully aware about the fact that he cannot enter into the board administration without the blessings of the minister (read BCCI).

There is, however, a strong speculation that the ICL may eventually close down and buy one of the teams in the BCCI-run IPL.

The issue is likely to come under discussion at the ICC meeting scheduled to take play at Perth (Australia) on January 31 and Feb.1

Sri Lankas Sports Minister also clarified he would not name the new SLC chairman until the home series against India goes underway.

Why do we need a new chairman now? The one-man committee is doing a good work for the board, the minister said.

Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) board is yet to confirm the four out of five ODIs in the forthcoming series India would be day night affairs.

The one Twenty20 would be a night game, said Lankan board official. (ANI)

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