Sri Lanka’s Best Cricketer Of The Year Anil Ridheegammanagedara To Join Indian Cricket League
Sri Lanka’s best cricketer of the year Anil Ridheegammanagedara says he is considering joining the rebel Twenty20 tournament organised by an Indian television company.
Anil Ridheegammanagedara said that he was already approached for the Indian Cricket League (ICL) by third parties including his own agent and sponsor.
“I will definitely join the ICL if I was not offered an opportunity to play for Sri Lanka within the next two-three months,” he told BBCSinhala.com.
He however added that the decision would be based upon the type of contract he will be offered by the ICL.
Former Sri Lankan captains, Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya and senior players Upul Chandana and Russell Arnold were reported to be approached by the ICL.
Jayasuriya and Chandana have however categorically denied the media reports linking them with the ICL.
Ridheegamanagedara who was also awarded the best bowler of 2007 is selected for the forthcoming Hong Kong Six series.
However as he was not give an opportunity to represent the country in international level, Ridheegammangedara says, he will join the rebel tournament provided the ICL comes up with a proper offer.
Marvan Atapattu, Russell Arnold and Upul Chandana are reported to be considering joining ICL
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) recently announced that any player joins the rebel Twenty20 tournament will not be considered for future selection.
Both India and Pakistan have announced similar bans.
SLC chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa told BBC Sandeshaya that Sri Lanka would not authorise any tournament which is banned by cricket authorities of any country.
The Indian Cricket Board last week announced another Twenty20 tournament to counter the threat forced by the ICL.