For the primary time within the historical past of the Indian Premier League, no Sri Lankan cricketers will function within the match which is predicted to be held in India, from April until the primary week of June.
Regardless that the nation shall be represented by Kumar Sangakkara – the director of cricket at Rajasthan Royals – Mahela Jayawardene – the pinnacle coach of Mumbai Indians – and Muttiah Muralitharan, who’s a part of the teaching employees at Sunrisers Hyderabad, not one of the eight franchises picked any participant from the island nation within the IPL 2021 public sale in Chennai on Thursday. “We are going to nonetheless have the illustration, so we shall be joyful,” Jayawardene stated jokingly after the public sale.
“It’s a bit disappointing. I feel a number of guys have been on the radar, nevertheless it’s a troublesome place as a result of we’re taking a look at all 20 odd slots for the abroad gamers, and nearly all of these slots have been for the quick bowlers and all-rounders. Sri Lanka lacks a little bit of that, however I’m positive that the youthful era will come by way of, and until then, it’s disheartening. However that’s what it’s,” Jayawardene stated.
“IPL is the place the place you attempt to get the perfect gamers in world cricket, and it’s message for the Sri Lankan cricketers to carry their sport and be aggressive in order that they may very well be a part of the IPL on their advantage,” the previous captain added.
Final yr, Isuru Udana and Lasith Malinga have been a part of the IPL, however with Malinga pulling out resulting from private causes, solely Udana performed for Royal Challengers Bangalore. However he was launched forward of the public sale this yr and went unsold on Thursday.