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‘Unhappy’ minister stops nine Sri Lanka ODI cricketers leaving for India

The nine players were on their way to Colombo airport late on Monday for the overnight flight when they were ordered to return, according to a team official. Sri Lanka sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera was unhappy with the team choice

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 05, 2017 18:34 IST
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Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka captain for ODI series against India, was among the players who were stopped.(Reuters)

Sri Lanka sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera stops nine cricketers leaving for India on Tuesday to take part in a one-day series because he was unhappy with the team choice, sources said. (India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 4 - HIGHLIGHTS)

The nine players were on their way to Colombo airport late on Monday for the overnight flight when they were ordered to return, one of the team told AFP on condition of anonymity. (India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 4 - SCORES)

The rest of the squad are already in India taking part in a Test series. Sri Lankan cricket is in chaos and the national side has lost 21 one-day games this year and won just four.

Sports Ministry sources said Jayasekera was incensed that the players had been cleared to leave before he had given formal approval to the team selection.

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A 1973 law gives the Sri Lankan sports minister the power to change national teams before they compete.

The ministry sources said Jayasekera may order at least two changes to the squad named by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board.

The nine players stopped from leaving were led by captain Thisara Perera who was only named last week.

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The others include Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chathuranga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep.

First Published: Dec 05, 2017 12:21 IST