Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has dismissed media reports claiming that its players will face an IPL auction ban because of their unavailability for the initial matches of the T20 league starting on March 31. According to the reports, Wanindu Hasaranga (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mahieh Thekshana, and Mathisha Pathirana (both Chennai Super Kings) will not be part of their respective IPL teams for the first few matches of IPL 2023 as they will be busy with national duty.
Sri Lanka is currently in New Zealand for the limited-overs series. It will complete with the T20I series on April 8.
Reports in the Sri Lankan media suggest that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was dissatisfied with the situation and concerned about its potential consequences. Out of the four Sri Lankan players taking part in the IPL this year, only Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Punjab Kings) will be available for the entire season. Read Also: Lionel Messi’s statue shares the space with Pele and Maradona at CONMEBOL Museum
However, according to an article in Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to its IPL players, ensuring that there is no animosity from the BCCI. “We have granted NOCs to players to take part in the IPL after the New Zealand tour, and the BCCI has accepted it. They have expressed no dissatisfaction with the players’ unavailability for the first few matches,” confirmed an SLC official.