The Sri Lanka Cricket Board is thinking to call back its cricketers who’ve been warming benches in the ongoing IPL for preparations for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy, its Secretary said on Saturday. “The SLC executive committee meeting on May 9 will discuss the issue. We hope to talk to the IPL authorities,” SLC Secretary said.
Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya stated earlier in the week that he desired to call back the cricketers who mostly have spent time at the benches in the IPL teams to go back to Colombo in order to play in the practice matches. He stated the national team members would play in a series of practice games at Pallekele in Kandy from May 18. They’ll turn out for the Combined XI, Sri Lanka A and Rest of Sri Lanka.
Pallekele, in the cooler places of Kandy, was selected to simulate the cold English conditions. At the moment, Mahela Jayawardene, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga have commanded regular places in their franchise teams in the IPL.