Sri Lanka Cricket and its players are still battling with one another. The brief summary: SLC granted permission to contract with the IPL teams next year; the ECB pulled out of their invitation to Zimbabwe to tour to England; SLC signed up to tour to England instead; and SLC now want their top players to go to England instead of playing for the IPL. The Daily News says the players are reluctant to meet the SLC:
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
The Daily Mirror writes that the players---Jayawardene, Muralitharan, and Jayasuriya, among others---are considering retirement:
SLC sources said that the cricketers had refused
to budge and had warned that they are ready to take even extreme
measures such as contemplating retirement from national team to honour
the IPL contracts they have already signed, if they have no other
choice. They have reportedly pointed out that the England tour was
hastily arranged later by SLC officials without consulting the
cricketers who were under IPL contracts.
The future of cricket will be about a combination of city based Twenty20 cricket and the occasinoal game of Test cricket. This is probably a good thing.