Sri Lankan cricketers accused of giving IPL priority

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera today accused some Sri Lankan cricketers of giving India priority and not the national team.

He said that some cricketers undergo fitness programs in Sri Lanka but then play in India and not for the Sri Lanka team.

“They go to play in India for the money,” the Minister said.

The Sports Minister was referring to some Sri Lankan cricketers deciding to play for the IPL in India as opposed to giving priority for the Sri Lanka national team.

Speaking at a media briefing today Jayasekera said that in future the Sri Lanka cricket team will be picked based on fitness.

He said that a programme is now being formulated on ensuring only physically fit players are picked for the team. (Colombo Gazette)