RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Oct 9 (AFP) - Hard
hitting Sri Lankan opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya said
Saturday he is hoping to play for Scotland next season.
"It would be a nice experience if the deal comes
through because I have never played for any English club,"
Jayasuriya told AFP.
Cricket authorities in Scotland, which fields a
team in the second division of English cricket, said they were
in talks to sign the player for the 2005 summer to help them in
their third season in the league, reports said.
"I have been so busy at the international level
that despite several offers I could not spare time to play in
England, but letís hope the deal comes through," said Jayasuriya,
one of the top batsmen produced by the Pearl Island.
The 35-year-old has played 330 one-day
internationals and 92 Tests for his country and led Sri Lanka
until last year.
Another international star Indiaís Rahul Dravid
was the first international player to feature for Scotland last
year followed by Sridharan Sriram, also from India, who played
"I know cricket is followed very well in
Scotland and since a friend told me that he is negotiating a
deal for me, I have been looking forward to playing there," said
Jayasuriya, who is in Pakistan for a tri-series and two Tests.
Sri Lankan Cricket has reportedly said it had no
objection to their players featuring in England if that did not
clash with the national teamís assignments.
"Of course, playing for the country is the top
priority and I would first see that playing in UK does not clash
with Sri Lankaís international assignments," said Jayasuriya.
Reports from England also suggest current
skipper Marvan Atapattu and star batsman Mahela Jayawardene were
also considered by various clubs in the United Kingdom.
Sri Lankaís world record holder spinner Muttiah
Muralitharan has agreed to play for Lancashire county in the
early part of next season.