'The players don't have a choice' — Sangakkara

By Staff Writers | August 19, 2013

PhotoWeighing in on the recent speculation on whether he would play for his Sri Lankan provincial side Kandurata or his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kumar Sangakkara said that the choice was not his to make.

"The players don't have a choice," Sangakkara told Island Cricket, when asked which team he would be representing at the Champions League T20 tournament in India later this year.

"The rules are very clear that your IPL franchise gets the first option in cases where players qualify for the tournament in two or more teams. These rules were agreed by all participating stakeholders in the Champions League.

"In my case there are two scenarios: either Sunrisers select me in their final 15-man squad and I will have to play for them, or they don’t select me and I will be available for Kandurata.

"My understanding is that all squads are to be finalised by August 21.”

As per tournament rules, in the event a player belongs to two teams in the Champions League, the IPL team must pay $150,000 to the player's home team. SLC will be the direct beneficiary of this sum, as the winners of the inter-provincial T20 tournament, Kandurata, are not a privately-owned franchise.

In the event Sangakkara plays for Kandurata, the financially-struggling SLC will miss out on much-needed revenue.

Commenting on the matter, SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told ESPNCricinfo recently that the "preference is for them to play for their country," which helped spark a debate over whether Sangakkara would choose his IPL team or his provincial side.

Last week, Kandurata defeated Basnahira in the inter-provincial T20 tournament to qualify for the Champions League qualifiers in India in September.

© Island Cricket

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Silva's picture
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no point of watching this pathetic CLT20 .it's same like the IPL they never work according to the rules always trying to cheat .. i think then they should change that rule into 'Away’ teams (except IPL teams) are not eligible for compensation if a player chooses to play for his ‘home’ team

Deepak Wahi's picture
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Then, no one is forcing anyone. Lol

UppercuT's picture
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look at Sanga's expression in the photo!! :D)) $$$$$

Silva's picture
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lol disappointing to see that sanga is lying , definitely the players have the choice .. he will loose 20% of his IPL contract if he pick kadurata .. no need to lie. just say "i will loose my money . "

(Last edited by Silva on August 19, 2013 - 08:03)
Sakthivel's picture
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Play for your nation, Play for pride !!! But bench warmer get lot of money from SRH !! LOL

Anonymous's picture

@Silva: players dont have a choice because IPL contracts and rules say the IPL franchise gets first choice. If ILP team dont want him then he has a choice.

Jonathan's picture

There's nothing in Sanga's hands...it's purely the desion of the IPL franchise...But I wud prefer him to play the nation rather than be a bench warmer to this bloody cheating Indian frnachisees..

Silva's picture
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no one force sanga to make this agreement with the IPL teams, he did, now he's trying to become a " baba " by saying "The players don't have a choice" :P...Darren Lehmann before singing the contract with KXIP said ,if KXIP QF for the CLT20 he will not coach KXIP because he has to be the coach of the local team .. why sanga & other players can't do the same? anyways @#6
sanga still have a choice play for the local side and forget about that 20% contract fee . if he really cares about the local domestic side reputation .

Anonymous's picture

@Silva: Why stop there? Then why don't you blame SLC for allowing players to sign IPL contracts and giving them clearance to sign contracts? IPL contracts have been signed so now it is about abiding by the rules of the contract. If you want to go further back and blame Sanga for signing, then go back further and blame SLC for clearing him to sign!

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Private tournament so who cares? Kandurata Marooons have to have many good players to win CLT20..... Sanga is good but not a great player who can win tournaments single handedly!

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