Former Sri Lankan Batsman Kumar Sangakkara has reckoned that the Sri Lankan players were unpicked in the IPL due to uncertainty surrounding players’ availability due to International commitments. Kumar Sangakkara was recently appointed as the director of cricket for Rajasthan Royals. The Sri Lankan legend has played 71 games in the IPL for various franchises and has scored 1687 runs with 10 fifties.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play a two-Test series at home against Bangladesh in April and will also tour Bangladesh in May for a three-match ODI series which coincides with the IPL schedule. With the cricket boards from various countries allowing their players to participate in IPL in spite of the international schedule, the Sri Lankan cricket board has surprisingly not given permission to their international players to miss any series for IPL.
They Have To Even Leave At Some Point – Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara mentioned the amount of talent that Sri Lanka had in their domestic T20 league. He revealed the reason behind the franchises not going for Sri Lankan players was the unpredictability of their availability in the IPL and added that they would be leaving the premier league at some point to continue with their international commitments.
“There were some fantastic players [in the Lanka Premier League] and in Sri Lanka currently. But I thing the crucial thing is the unpredictability of the touring programme of SLC [Sri Lanka Cricket] where it is very hard to predict for how long the players can be available and if they have to even leave at some point in the IPL season,” said Kumar Sangakkara, Director of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals, during a virtual press conference on Friday.
“So it adds a bit of volatility that franchises kind of shy away from. That is one of the reasons you see a lack of Sri Lanka players in the IPL and definitely not because they don’t have the capability,” added Sri Lanka legend.
Rajasthan Royals break Records With The Most Expensive Buy
Rajasthan Royals who have been unlikely very active in the auction and picked up the most expensive buy in the history of IPL auction bagging the South African all-rounder Chris Morris for a whopping 16.25 crores. Morris was released by RCB ahead of the auction due to injury concerns and hasn’t played an international game after the IPL 2020.
Rajasthan Royals haven’t won an IPL after the inaugural edition and they will be looking to lift their second title with the addition of Kumar Sangakkara as the director.