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Sri Lanka Cricket Revealed 18 Cricketers Have Signed The Contracts

Sri Lanka Cricket has recently announced that 18 cricketers have signed the National Player Contracts, which came into effect from August 1 this year.

The likes of Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Dushmantha Chameera are among the players who have signed the contracts. Veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews was not considered since he is currently unavailable for selection.

Angelo Mathews-FILE
Angelo Mathews-FILE

Sri Lanka Cricket Revealed 18 Cricketers Have Signed The National Players Contracts

Sri Lankan cricket found itself at the centre of a major controversy earlier this year after a number of players refused to sign new contracts, which offered performance-based incentives. The protesting cricketers had alleged that the SLC did not brief them properly over the new pay system and was trying to force them to sign the contracts. During the impasse, Sri Lankan players were offered tour contracts.

Sri Lanka Cricket Image credits: Twitter/@OfficialSLC
Sri Lanka Cricket Image credits: Twitter/@OfficialSLC

Through a media release on Friday, SLC revealed that the new contracts will be for a period of five months and will end on December 31, 2021.

The release read: “The players signed the contracts without any deviation from the contracts offered previously, which was formulated by Sri Lanka Cricket along with the Technical Advisory Committee.”

The board informed that the Sri Lanka cricketers were picked under four categories and were nominated by the selection panel based on a set of criteria – Performance, Fitness, Leadership/Seniority, Professionalism/Code of Conduct, and Future/Adaptability.

The SLC also clarified that there was complete transparency in the process. It stated that the criteria as well as the allocation of points to players were shared with the cricketers before they signed the contracts.

Isuru Udana, Angelo Matthews And Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, And Kusal Mendis Didn’t Sign The Contracts

Apart from Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, and Kusal Mendis are also without a contract. The three Sri Lankan cricketers are currently serving bans for breaching bio-bubble protocols during the tour of England. Isuru Udana too isn’t part of the contracted players as he recently announced his retirement from international cricket.

Isuru Udana made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009.
Isuru Udana made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009. © Getty

Sri Lanka cricket is going through a tough rebuilding phase at the moment. They lost both the ODI and the T20I series in England. There was some respite for the Lankans as they defeated a weak Indian team 2-1 at home in a recent T20I series with several Indian cricketers ruled out for being affected by covid-19 and deemed closed contacts. Sri Lanka will next host South Africa for three ODIs and three T20Is in September ahead of the T20I World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

Players given national contracts: Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara and Akila Dananjaya.

Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana (Getty Images)
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Isuru Udana, 33, Retires From International Cricket After Representing Sri Lanka In 21 ODIs, 35 T20Is

Isuru Udana, Sri Lankan left-arm pacer has announced his retirement from international cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed on Saturday (July 31). Isuru Udana’s last appearance for the national side came in the second T20I against India earlier this week.

Isura Udana first made his debut for Sri Lanka in the 2009 World T20 in England and played five games in the competition including the final. He made his ODI bow against India in 2012 where he played two games but had to wait for almost seven years to break into the XI again.

Isuru Udana made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009.
Isuru Udana made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009. © Getty

Isuru Udana Retires After Representing Sri Lanka In 21 ODIs And 35 T20Is

The pacer managed to feature regularly only towards the latter part of his career after developing a reputation for being a white-ball specialist. Apart from being a wily customer with the ball using his variations to good effect, the 33-year-old also was known for being a hard-hitter lower down the order that helped him fetch gigs in T20 leagues around the world.

Sri Lanka medium pacer Isuru Udana.(Twitter)
Sri Lanka medium pacer Isuru Udana.(Twitter)

“I believe the time has come for me to make way for the next generation of players,” Udana said. “It is with immense pride and passion, and unfathomable commitment that I have represented and served my country.”

Overall, in his career, Isuru Udana represented Sri Lanka in 21 ODIs and 35 T20Is. Isuru Udana had a very modest international career with sporadic appearances over 12 years in which he played only 21 ODIS and 35 T20 Internationals with just 45 wickets to show for his efforts. He didn’t pick a solitary wicket playing 1 ODI and 2 T20Is.

His bowling – which typically features a lot of slower balls – was especially valued in T20s, though he was also an excellent fielder, and was capable of clean striking from the lower order. He hit one half-century in each of the white-ball formats for Sri Lanka, including a stunning 84 not out off 48 balls in a T20I against South Africa in 2019.

Isuru Udana Represented RCB In The IPL Couple Of Seasons Back

The 33-year-old, who was part of the limited-overs series against India that ended on Thursday, will, however, continue to play domestic and franchise cricket. He had represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL couple of seasons back.

Isuru Udana of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Isuru Udana of Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

32-year-old Isuru Udana has played 10 games in IPL 2020 and he has conceded 282 runs besides picking 8 scalps averaging 35.25. He was snapped up by RCB at his base price of INR 50 lakh in the IPL 2020 auction.

Shiran Fernando
Shiran Fernando
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Shiran Fernando Tests Negative For Covid-19 Following The 3rd Round Of RT-PCR Test

Shiran Fernando, a Sri Lankan pace bowler has tested negative for COVID-19 in the third round of RT-PCR test he had undergone on Wednesday (May 26), according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.

Ahead of the first one-day international between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, three members of the Sri Lankan squad tested positive though later Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana were declared negative after the second round of tests, while Shiran Fernando still returned a positive result.

Shiran Fernando Didn’t Practice

Bangladesh won both the first 2 ODIs and hence, the third one slated to be held on 28th May is a dead rubber. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer in both the ODIs, scoring 84 in the 1st and then 125 in the 2nd ODI. Bangladesh won by 33 runs in the 1st ODI and by 103 runs in the 2nd one decided by Duckworth-Lewis.

The right-arm pace bowler Shiran Fernando did not attend the practice session on Wednesday afternoon at Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Academy premises.

“Shiran Fernando tested Corona negative (in the last test),” Bangladesh’s team official Rabeed Imam confirmed to Cricbuzz on Wednesday.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim

However, Shiran Fernando didn’t take part in his team’s practice session on Wednesday afternoon at the BCB academy premises as the tourists started their preparation with the focus on avoiding a Bangladesh clean sweep after conceding their maiden ODI series with back to back losses in the opening two games of the ongoing series.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit his eighth ODI century as Bangladesh secured its first ODI series victory over Sri Lanka with a 103-run win by the DLS method in the rain-interrupted second match. In an innings twice halted by rain, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 125 off 127 balls with 10 fours as Bangladesh was bowled out for 246 in 48.1 overs. It was Bangladesh’s first series victory against Sri Lanka across three formats.
Sri Lanka was 126-9 after 38 overs when rain interrupted the game for the third time. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 245 in 40 overs, meaning it needed 119 runs from the final two overs. The visitors ended on 141-9. Bangladesh won by 33 runs on Sunday in the first of their three-match series. The final match is on Friday.

Mohammad Saifuddin Recovering First From Head Injury And Naim Sheikh Added To Bangladesh Squad For 3rd Dead Rubbber ODI

Meanwhile, BCB officials insisted that Mohammad Saifuddin is recovering fast from the head injury and they are expecting him to be available for the dead rubber Game 3. Mohammad Saifuddin is currently undergoing a 24-hour observation period after being hit on his helmet during the second ODI on Tuesday. He was replaced by pacer Taskin Ahmed after he had shown signs of concussion.

Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images
Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images

After the incident, he was taken to a city hospital straightway for a routine checkup but no major problem was found in his reports. Bangladesh has also added Naim Sheikh to their squad for the final ODI, to be played on Friday.

Bangladesh has attained the pole position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka. The Tamim Iqbal-led outfit took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh now has 50 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Sri Lanka continues to be in the last position with -2 points in five outings.

Bangladesh recorded their fifth consecutive win at home in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. After blanking West Indies 3-0, Bangladesh has now won two back-to-back matches against Sri Lanka to record a maiden series win over the Islanders.

2nd ODI:- Bangladesh 246 (Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Chameera 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 141-9 (Rahman 3-16, Miraz 3-28) by 103 runs(DLS)

1st ODI:- Bangladesh 257 for 6 (Mushfiqur 84, Mahmudullah 54, Tamim 52, Dhananjaya 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 224 all out (Hasaranga 74, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-30) by 33 runs

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan
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Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Confident Of Bio-bubble Arrangement In Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan has said the home board is confident of the bio-bubble arrangement that is in place for the ongoing 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Nazmul Hasan’s comment comes after a Sri Lanka player tested positive for Covid-19 in the lead-up to the series opener in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan stressed that there is no need for panic but promised that Bangladesh Cricket Board will step up the bio-bubble vigilance. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play 3 ODIs in Dhaka between May 23 and 28. The BCB chief is confident that the remainder of the series will go ahead as scheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hasan said he is confident of bio-bubble arrangements for the Sri Lanka series (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan: Nothing Serious To Panic And There’s A Protocol In Place

The ODI series opener was in question after it emerged on Sunday that 3 members of the touring Sri Lankan party tested positive for Covid-19. However, two of them returned negative results in the second RT-PCR test. The first ODI went ahead as scheduled on Sunday even as the 3 members did not join the rest of the team at the Shere-Bangla National Stadium.

“We are following the protocol and we feel nothing serious happened that we need to panic. It can happen at times (someone testing positive) but there is a protocol in place… what we need to do and how many times we need to do the test to make sure that he is negative,” Hasan said.

Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)
Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)

“But definitely we will increase our vigilance. He (Shiran Fernando) recovered from Covid very recently, the PCR may have detected the dead RNA from the virus, many individuals have it on them up to 28 days,” he added.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Chaminda Vaas, bowlers Isura Udana and Shiran Fernando have tested positive ahead of Sunday’s first ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana returned negative results while Shiran Fernando tested positive in the 2nd RT-PCR Test for which the samples were collected on Saturday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan has addressed the COVID-19 positive cases in the Sri Lankan camp on Sunday hours before the first ODI in Dhaka. Though the match went ahead as scheduled, Nazmul Hasan has stressed the need to increase the bubble’s security.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan claimed they all followed the protocols and that nothing severe occurred to panic. He feels that, at times, people can test positive for the virus despite abiding by the guidelines; hence, he believes it’s crucial to ensure they carry out the testing abundantly.

Sri Lanka Happy With The Arrangements In Dhaka And Looking Forward To A Good Series: Team Manager

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka team manager Manuja Kariyapperuma also stressed that the tourists are happy with the arrangements in Dhaka and are hopeful of the series continuing without any further issues.

“The facilities offered to us are good, that is more than adequate, and we made use of the facilities that were afforded to us, and looking forward to a very good series,” Kariyapperuma said, as quoted by Cricbuzz.

Bangladesh won the first ODI on Sunday 33 runs to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series. Mushfiqur Rahim hit a match-winning 84 as Bangladesh posted 257 for 8 in their quota of 50 overs.

Bangladesh's wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (L) plays a shot as Sri Lanka's captain Kusal Perera looks on during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 23 May 2021
Photo Credit: AFP.

Wanidu Hasaranga hit a valiant 74 while batting at No. 8 but it was not enough as Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman picked up 7 wickets between them and helped Bangladesh bowl out Sri Lanka for 224.

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Sri Lankan Players Shocked And Dismayed At Disclosure Of Unfair Payment Details

Sri Lanka’s cricketers have released the latest statement saying they are shocked and dismayed as they were left disappointed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)’s decision to make details of the new player contracts public.

On May 19, SLC held a press conference to reveal details of the new contract system they had put in place. As per the modified pay structure, Sri Lankan players’ base salaries have been reduced, as performance-based incentives have been introduced.

West Indies vs Sri Lanka
West Indies vs Sri Lanka- Image Credit: Twitter

Sri Lankan Cricketers Unhappy With Disclosure Of Payment Contract Details

Issuing a press release through Nishan Sydney Premathiratne, Attorney-at-Law, the official representative appointed by 24 members of the Sri Lankan cricket team, the players expressed their utter disappointment at the handling of the matter.

The statement read:“At the very outset, the players are shocked and dismayed that the Management Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, through a press conference held on 19th May 2021, has seen it fit to release to the public, specific payment details of contract fees paid to specific players, in a one sided manner…”

Sri Lanka Cricket Team
Sri Lanka Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In their statement, the cricketers said that the conduct of the board has affected their self-confidence and peace of mind. Further, the players also termed the disclosures of payment details a grave security concern to each of them. In the statement, the players lamented that none of them were provided the assessment sheets on the basis of which the grading was done by the Cricket Board.

“During negotiations in respect of these Annual Contracts with SLC, it has always been the position of the players that they, in principle, are agreeable to a proper, transparent performance-based model, where each player would be assessed and categorised on attributes of performance.

“However, none of the players have been provided with their individual assessment sheets setting out how points were awarded under the criteria of performance, fitness, leadership and professionalism,” the statement said.

The players also alleged that the SLC hurriedly attempted to get the signature of the players on the controversial contract a few hours before they were scheduled to depart for Bangladesh for the ODI series.

Sri Lankan Players Won’t Sign Unfair And Non-Transparent Contracts And Urge Board Not To Hold Them At Gunpoint

The statement clarified that none of the players would sign any unfair and non-transparent contracts while urging the Sri Lankan board not to hold their players at gunpoint.

“The Management Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, in an unreasonable hurry, attempted to place hard copies of the Annual Contracts before the players to obtain their signature a few hours before the players were to depart to Bangladesh for the ODI series. At this juncture, the players’ concerns had not been addressed by Sri Lanka Cricket, and furthermore, the legal provisions of the contracts had not yet been formalised,” the statement said.

The Sri Lankan players’ statement continued: “The players are NOT in agreement to sign unfair and non-transparent contracts and urge SLC to not hold the players at gunpoint or give the players such ultimatums. Going forward, the players urge the SLC and the administrators to work on building the trust of the players, to be transparent in all matters and to fully address the concerns of players with a view to resolving the present dispute”.

Amid the player-board stand-off, Shammi Silva was, on Thursday, elected unopposed as the president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for two years.

Isuru Udana will lead Sri Lanka's pace attack in the Bangladesh series
Isuru Udana will lead Sri Lanka’s pace attack in the Bangladesh series © Getty

Following this development, the aggrieved players expressed confidence that cordial dialogue would commence resolving the dispute. The Sri Lankan players are reportedly unhappy at the introduction of a new points-based grading system that would determine their future payments.

As per a report, players would be categorized into four different groups based on points. Fitness, discipline, performance in international and domestic cricket over the last two years, leadership, and overall value to the team would be some of the factors to be taken into consideration in the new payment system.

Earlier, SLC Director of Cricket Tom Moody said in this regard: “We are trying to do a very transparent and consistent process – the three selectors and head coach have got all the information, and it’s a thorough and a fair system for all the players, not only the senior players but all who are going to represent Sri Lanka in the year.

“This was not made out of thin air but by thorough research, looking at other countries and their examples of how they contract their players. We’ve put together what we thought was the best, most effective and fair system for Sri Lanka.”

The players have sought details about the assessment criteria, which the SLC is unwilling to share, leading to the current impasse.

Isuru Udana, the Sri Lankan pacer, feels that his team’s new-look ODI squad can express themselves freely against Bangladesh, in the upcoming three-match ODI series, as they don’t carry the burden of expectation. Sri Lanka has come into the series without several of their experienced players in order to give opportunities to a few new faces.

Simon Katich
Simon Katich
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IPL 2020: RCB Must Be Ruthless To Finish Off Matches – Simon Katich

Simon Katich, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s head coach told his players that they need to be ruthless in order to prevent the opposition from making a comeback in the match. His remark came as RCB defeated Mumbai Indians in the Super Over on Monday at the Dubai International Stadium.

In the Super Over, Mumbai Indians were able to score only seven runs as RCB pacer Navdeep Saini bowled a brilliant over, and Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers chased it down with ease. In the stipulated 20 overs, both Mumbai and Bangalore posted 201 runs on the board.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli RCB skipper and Rohit Sharma MI skipper. photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Simon Katch: RCB Didn’t Deserve To Win Against Mumbai Indians

Simon Katich credited Washington Sundar for his magnificent bowling as he conceded only 12 runs in 4 overs. Even substitute Pawan Negi took three catches and pacer Isuru Udana picked two wickets of Suryakumar Yadav for 0 and Ishan Kishan in the last over. Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa picked up one wicket each.

“The thing that stands out was obviously how skipper Kohli decided to negotiate all his bowlers. Sundar bowled three overs in the powerplay for just seven runs and that was absolutely magnificent. Negi was fantastic as he held three catches. Isuru got his first wicket for RCB.

“The energy out there was magnificent to watch, I do not think we deserved to win that game against Mumbai,” Katich was seen telling his players after the match in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka)
Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka) Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“We did a lot of things right, there are more positives than negatives. In all three matches, we have given the opposition chances, if we are ruthless we will finish them off. If we tidy up, we will go a long way. This game owes us nothing so we will have to start again,” he added.

Simon Katich credited the energy of both the teams which was magnificent to watch. Simon Katich noted that RCB did not deserve to win the match after Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan took the match almost away from them.

Simon Katich however credited skipper Virat Kohli for utilizing and negotiating all his bowlers.

Chasing 202, Mumbai found itself at a spot of bother at 78/4, but it was then that Ishan Kishan got together with Kieron Pollard at the crease and the duo formed a stand of 119 runs to take the side closer to the target.
Ishan Kishan played an outstanding knock of 99, studded with two fours and nine sixes. On the other hand, Kieron Pollard registered an unbeaten knock of 60 off just 24 balls with the help of three fours and five sixes.

Washington Sundar Conceded Only 12 Runs In 4 Overs While Navdeep Saini Bowled A Superb Super Over

For RCB, pacer Navdeep Saini went wicketless and finished with figures of 0-43 in his four overs. The pacer also bowled the Super Over, in which he conceded just seven runs even though MI allrounders Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya were at the middle.

Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini Twitter. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

In the match against Mumbai Indians, RCB left out regular wicket-keeper Josh Philippe and AB de Villiers donned the gloves instead to do the wicket-keeping duties. With bat in hand, the South African star had played an unbeaten knock of 55 runs off just 24 balls with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes to take RCB’s score to 201/3 in the allotted twenty overs.

For RCB, spinner Washington Sundar was also a standout performer as he just conceded 12 runs in his quota of four overs and also picked up the crucial wicket of MI skipper Rohit Sharma. RCB has played three matches in the tournament so far and the side has managed to win two out of these three. The Virat Kohli-led side will next lock horns with Rajasthan Royals on October 3.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga (Credits: Twitter)
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Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana To Miss First Week Of IPL 2020

Mumbai Indians are set to miss the services of their legendary fast-bowler Lasith Malinga for the initial phase of the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Along with Lasith Malinga, his compatriot Isuru Udana, who will ply his trade for Royal Challengers Bangalore, will also miss the first few days of IPL 2020.

Both the players will miss the initial phase because of their participation in the inaugural season of the Lankan Premier League (LPL). Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are yet to announce the final schedule for the tournament but local media reports have claimed that no Sri Lankan player will be allowed to leave mid-way for the IPL or any other tournament until the final of the LPL is held.

Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana (Credits: Twitter)

The tentative date for the final of the tournament is 20th September while the thirteenth edition of the IPL will start on September 19. Thus, both Lasith Malinga and Udana will only be able to leave for the UAE after the 20th of September. They will not be eligible to play in the IPL directly as they will have to serve a mandatory quarantine of 72 hours after arriving in the UAE . So, it is very likely that the Sri Lankan duo will miss the action in IPL 2020 by at least a week.

Lasith Malinga is an integral part of the Mumbai Indians and the defending champions will surely miss his services. The veteran pacer had starred with the ball when the Mumbai-based outfit won the league for a record fourth time last year. But Mumbai Indians do have enough firepower in their ranks. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan and Hardik Pandya form the franchise’s pace attack.

As far as Udana was concerned, he was gearing up for his first season in the IPL.  Royal Challengers Bangalore had spent INR 50 lakhs during the previous action to secure the services of the Sri Lankan.

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Isuru Udana Set To Miss Final T20I In Ongoing India Tour

The 31-year-old Sri Lankan left-arm pacer Isuru Udana is most likely to miss the third and final T20I of the ongoing India tour due to the injury.

Sri Lanka are currently touring India for the three-match T20I series. While the first game (5th January) had no result due to the rain interruption at Guwahati, the hosts India won the second T20I of this series at Indore on last Tuesday (7th January) night.

Isuru Udana featured in both those T20Is. While the first match had no play, Udana has the perfect chance to bowl in the Indore T20I. After losing the toss in the second game of this series, Sri Lanka managed to score 142/9 (20 overs) in the first innings. Udana came to bat in this match at the no.9 position and scored only one run before the Indian pacer Shardul Thakur dismissed him.

Just before the Sri Lankan team came to bowl in that Indore T20I, Isuru Udana was injured. Ultimately he didn’t deliver a ball in that match, and the Lions badly missed him. Even, the Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga has pointed out in the post-match presentation ceremony that their experienced pacer Isuru Udana’s unavailability hurt them hugely in that game.

Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana (Image Credit: Google)

Malinga told, ”We were around 25-30 runs short. We tried to bowl consistent lines and lengths. The bowlers did well to drag the match till the 18th over. He’s (Isuru Udana) our main bowler and is very experienced in this format. He got injured just before we went out to bowl. He’s recovering now. We need to give opportunities to the youngsters.”

Isuru Udana was in a hell of a lot of pain in the dressing room – Mickey Arthur

Later, the Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur has clarified the present situation of Isuru Udana. Arthur hopes to get Udana’s service in the home limited-overs series against West Indies in the next month.

Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The Sri Lankan coach claimed, “Look, I’m no doctor. He was in a hell of a lot of pain in the dressing room. What the diagnosis is I honestly don’t know. I just hope we can get him back for the West Indies series.

“We’ve got so much cricket… the middle of February. I even think that could be a push. So, yeah, I just hope the best for him. It’s something in the back.”

The ongoing Sri Lanka tour of India will end with the third and final T20I of this series on 10th January at Pune. After this series, Sri Lanka will tour to Zimbabwe for the two-match Test series. In mid-February, West Indies will play three ODIs and two T20Is against the hosts Sri Lanka.

RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore. Credits: Twitter
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RCB Had Spent INR 9 Crores For Buying Isuru Udana In Mock Auction – Mike Hesson

Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Mike Hesson revealed that the franchise spent a whopping amount of INR 9 crores on buying Sri Lanka’s all-rounder Isuru Udana in the mock auction. All the teams go through a lot of planning and strategy before the auctions and the RCB did the same. Royal Challengers Bangalore needed an all-rounder in their side and thus they went for Isuru Udana.

However, Isuru Udana was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 50 lakhs and thus the franchise didn’t have to toil hard for the Sri Lankan all-rounder. On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore also roped in Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson, Dale Steyn, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe and Pavan Deshpande in IPL 2020 auction.

Mike Heson, KXIP
Mike Hesson (Image Credit: IPL)

RCB will look to turn the tides in IPL 2020.

Royal Challengers Bangalore spent a whopping price of INR 10 crores in the IPL auction to buy South African all-rounder Chris Morris. Furthermore, RCB was able to get in the services of Australian limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch. The right-hander was bought by INR 4.4 crores by the club.

In the video which is posted by the RCB, Mike Hesson is seen talking about the qualities which Isuru Udana brings to the table. Hesson added that Udana has the variations under his belt and he can also provide the finishing touches for the team. RCB also has the services of Moeen Ali in their team who had done a fine job for the team in the previous edition of the IPL.

Ab de Villiers, Mooen Ali, Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to savor success in the IPL history and they would aim to turn the tides in the IPL 2020.

RCB could not even qualify for the playoff stages of IPL 2019 and they would like to put in a better performance. The franchise had reached the final of the IPL on three occasions – in 2009, 2011 and 2016 season.

Here is the video:

Mzansi Super League 2019
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Mazansi Super League 2019: Isuru Udana’s Kind Action For His Opponent Is Winning The Heart Of Fans

Sri Lanka bowler Isuru Udana‘s action for his opponent in the Mazansi Super League 2019 (MSL 2019) is being praised over the social media. His sportsmanship is a prominent example for every cricket player.

Paarl Rocks player Isuru Udana decided not to take the advantage when his opponent got hurt. On Sunday (8th December), Nelson Mandela Bay Giants (NMBG) needed 24 runs in the last eight balls against Paarl Rocks. Heino Kuhn hit a big shot, but the ball hit non-striker end player, Marco Marais. Isuru Udana picked the ball quickly but not decided to run out Marais who was left in pain outside his crease.

Isuru Udana is being praised for his kind action towards the opponent though the match was at the crucial situation.

Paarl Rocks enters finals

Marco Marais took advantage of the lifeline and struck a six. However, he went to lose the wicket on the ball of Ferisco Adams who also picked the wicket of Heino Kuhn in the very next ball. NMBG went to lose the match against Paarl Rocks who then entered in the finals of the Mazansi Super League 2019.

Mazansi Super League 2019, Isuru Udana

Earlier, Paarl Rocks player Tabraiz Shamsi also amazed with his magic trick in the ground after taking the wicket of Durban Heat player. Fans were stunned with his wicket-taking celebration.

Paarl Rocks are leading the table with 27 points from ten matches while Nelson Mandela Bay Giants are second with 27 points from 10 matches.

NMBG will play the match against Tshwane Spartans on Friday (13 December) in the Eliminator round. It will be the last chance for the two teams to make their place in final of the league. The final of the second edition of the MSL will be played on Monday (16th December) at Boland Park, Paarl.

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