IND vs SL 2017: Sri Lankan Players Get Clearance From Sports Ministry To Arrive In India
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as well as Sri Lankan team-management in India, would have heaved a huge sigh of relief after some of the Sri Lankan players were given the green light to travel to India for the upcoming ODI series.
In a shocking turn of events, nine Sri Lankan players were turned around at the airport in the last minute by Sri Lanka Cricket officials on Tuesday (December 5). According to reports in local Sri Lankan media, the country’s sports minister had not approved of the squad. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara had apparently said that it was impossible for him to approve a team at such short notice.
However, the matter has now been sorted as the ministry has given its permission to the nine players to travel to India. The players will now leave for India on Wednesday night (December 6).
“The reason I stopped the players from leaving Colombo is that it would set a bad precedent. They have now received the necessary clearance and will leave for India tonight,” Jayasekara told Cricbuzz.
Unlike India, where the BCCI takes all the call regarding the national team, and sports ministry does not mingle in the team’s matter, the sports ministry’s decision is paramount in Sri Lanka.
Reports suggested that the sports minister was miffed with the fact that the players were allowed to leave without him having cleared the final squad.
“Most players reached the airport around 9pm on Monday. Left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana had even boarded the flight, but they were told to go back home as the team didn’t have the approval of the minister of sports,” a cricket official had told Cricbuzz.
The three-match series will start on December 10 in Dharamsala. A T20I series will follow the ODI series.
Sri Lanka ODI squad:
Thisara Perera (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Chathuranga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep
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