As warned a few months ago, Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to
ban all players, who were part of the rebel Indian Cricket
Accordingly, former Test captain Marvan Atapattu and Test
stars Russel Arnold and Upul Chandana will not be permitted to
take part in any SLC sanctioned event. Sri Lanka Cricket, a few
days back, sent letters to SSC and NCC (the clubs of the three
players) indicating that they shouldn’t be selected to represent
their clubs in any of the tournaments sanctioned by SLC.
"We had warned the players about the consequences and we’ll
stick to the guidelines," Duleep Mendis, the CEO of Sri Lanka
Cricket, told ‘The Island’ on Wednesday.
The Indian Cricket League, promoted by Zee Telefilms and
backed by a host of former Indian cricketers, including World
Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, was banned by the Board of
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Indian authorities
have imposed a ban on all their players who took part in the
None of the Indian players will be eligible for selection for
India in international matches. Member associations have asked
not to consider the players for domestic tournaments either.
India’s guideline was followed by many cricket boards around
the world and Sri Lanka too agreed to follow the same steps.
SLC’s ban is so severe that none of the players who took part
in the tournament will even be considered for employment at the
board, commentary stints, umpiring assignments and coaching
It’s believed that Russel Arnold, who made an impressive
start as a cricket commentator was in line to take up
commentaries for the recently concluded Sri Lanka–England
series, but was axed keeping in line with SLC’s policy.
The Indian Cricket League was started in response to BCCI
denying its television rights to Zee Telefilms and apart from
coming down hard on the league, the BCCI also introduced its own
league called the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Sri Lankan board has approved this particular league and
several top Sri Lankan players are supposed to play in the
tournament, which is yet to be scheduled.
Marvan Atapattu was named captain of Delhi Jets team and did
remarkably well both as a batsman and captain. Arnold and
Chandana, meanwhile, had moderate series.
While Arnold retired soon after the World Cup final, Atapattu
announced his retirement at the end of the series against
Australia in Hobart while Chandana, after being repeatedly
overlooked by the selectors announced his retirement mid-way
through the year.