Thisara Perera denied to play Global T20 for Bangladesh series

By Bipin Dani 

Sri Lanka’s left-handed batsman Thisara Perera has sought NOC (No Objection Certificate) to participate in the Global T-20, it is learnt here. 

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According to the highly placed sources in Colombo, the 30-year-old Perera has been denied permission to play before the home series against Bangladesh.

“We want him to play the series against Bangladesh (ending July 31) and told him not to leave before August 1”, one of the top SLC officials told to this paper.

“Yes, he agreed on this but has further requested to release after the Bangladesh matches”, the source confirmed.

Earlier, Niroshan Dickwella was also denied NOC and the organisers have listed Dinesh Chandimal in the Montreal Tigers squad.

Global T20 in Canada is scheduled to be played till August 25 and Perera has been advised (by the selectors) to seek cricket board permission to play there after August 1.

He is not a Test player and his absence in the home Test series against New Zealand will not be affected but considering the jet-leg, and injury risk of playing after a possible 20-hour long journey it is to be seen how he is able to convince the top brass.

Sri Lanka Coaching staff urged to step down after Bangladesh series 

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board is believed to have interviewed few former cricketers for their coaching of the senior team.

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According to the highly placed sources, few more interviews are lined up in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, the sports minister has confirmed to this reporter having written a letter to the SLC to urge the present coaching staff to step down and re-negotiate the fresh contracts after the home series against Bangladesh.

Three ODIs’ against Bangladesh will be over on July 31 and therefore the new coaching staff will come into for the home series against New Zealand.

Hathurusingha is likely to be out as a head coach before the expiry of his contract. The authorities have sought the legal opinion on this and the settlement formula may be worked out once he does not fit in any other coaching role”, another source from London, said.

So far, no decision on selection committee is conveyed but a few changes are not ruled out.

Lasith Malinga invites his mentor for a farewell match

Among his family members and several friends and fans, Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has invited his mentor Champaka Ramanayake to witness his “farewell match”- (an ODI) happening during the forthcoming home series against Bangladesh.

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“He has specially invited me to be at the ground”, Lanka’s ex-fast bowler, Champaka Ramanayake speaking exclusively over telephone from Bangladesh, said.

The 54-year-old CR is a High-Performance manager for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). In the absence of Courtney Walsh, Ramanayake may be appointed as an interim coach (bowling) for the Sri Lanka tour.

“Even if I am not joining the squad as a support staff, I am certain to arrive in Sri Lanka on July 20″, and watch Malinga’s match”, he confirmed. 

The three ODIs’ between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played at R. Premadasa Stadium on July 26, 28 and 31st.

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Malinga has been in Australia on a personal visit.

“He is set to arrive in Sri Lanka on 21st”, Ashantha de Mel, the chief selector, speaking exclusively said over telephone from Colombo.

“Yes, he will miss a few training sessions, but being a senior player, we don’t mind that”, he added.

“He telephoned to me from Melbourne and again I persuaded him to play all three ODIs’, but it looks he has made up his mind”, the chief selector, added.

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