Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu has ruined his chances of returning to international cricket with an upcoming tour of Australia after refusing to meet with the selection committee, the chief selector said.
Atapattu has been at odds with the selectors since he was sidelined at this year's World Cup and this latest spat could spell the end of his career. "We are disappointed. It was Marvan who had asked for a meeting with the selectors," chief selector Ashantha de Mel said. "But at the eleventh hour he decided not to turn up for the meeting."
The selectors had been planning to rest veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya, instead drafting in Atapattu for the two-test series in Australia in November, de Mel said. "But after he turned down the meeting, we are forced to go back to Sanath Jayasuriya," he said.
SLC clears 7 players for IPL
Sri Lankan authorities have cleared seven of its eight players to play in the BCCI backed multi-million Indian Premier League, scheduled for April next year.
"We have approved the names of seven players to play for IPL and the eighth player Nuwan Zoysa does not have a contract with us though his name will also be cleared for playing in the league," said K Mathivanan, secretary of Sri Lankan Cricket.
J’dene for Derbyshire?
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has been approached by Derbyshire for the 2008 season. "Mahela has been offered to play in the English county Derbyshire and SLC is yet to clear him for it," sources said. Jayawardene's signing for the county would depend on his schedule and commitments with the national team.