As far as cricketing relations are concerned, it is a known thing that India and Sri Lanka have a good rapport as they often back themselves to come up with series after series. Riding on those relations, now, Sri Lankan board president, Sumathipala wants to make an appeal to BCCI for sending their players to Sri Lanka in order to participate in their own league which will be organised sooner than later.
The president of Sri Lankan board feels that India should send their non-contracted players to participate in other leagues as they have blessed with some real talent in their ranks. He added that it is understandable regarding the contracted players who play a lot of cricket but non-contracted players can make a way as it gives them a grand exposure in world cricket.
”We would like BCCI to allow players who are outside the 30 contracted players list to play. I’m making my appeal to the BCCI. I can understand the contracted top players playing for the country should be protected and there are 100 of talented players in India. They have time after IPL. We are 20 million but we allow our players to play outside. I think Indian players should allow player outside their top 30,” Sumathipala quoted while speaking to the Indian Express.
When asked about the participation of contracted players of other countries in IPL, the respective official furtherly added that it is fair as BCCI won’t allow their contracted players who play much cricket in the year that includes Indian Premier League as well but he firmly wants non-contracted players to play in the leagues outside India.
”In fairness to the BCCI, India’s top players will have to play all formats. It’s a fairly big load. So you can’t allow them to play elsewhere. My position is if they say “these are my top 30-40 players”, it’s fine, but there will be players who would have played 5-6 ODIs and not playing now, you are depriving them of opportunities, especially when there is no cricket in India,” he added.
”There are players who have retired. Look at a player like Shahid Afridi. Even at 50, people will like to see him play because he is an icon in Pakistan. People like to see heroes. Tomorrow if Sunil Gavaskar comes to bat, there will be people to see him. Same is the case with Kumar Sangakkara. You have to allow players to keep the interest of the game alive!” Samathipala added when asked about Isn’t it unfair from the BCCI part?
However, it would be interesting to see whether Board of Control for Cricket in India accepts the proposal made by their so-called friend, Sri Lankan board. The idea of allowing non-contracted players seems fine as India are blessed with a lot of talent who are waiting in their shoes to make it to the Indian colours.