Colombo:Former Sri Lankan all rounder Upul Chandana became the first player to defy the Cricket Board's to join the rebel Indian Cricket League.
The 35-year-old Chandana, who retired from international cricket in early September blaming national selectors for repeatedly overlooking him, will play for Kolkata Tigers in the ICL, the unofficial Twenty20 competition in India.
"This opportunity came my way after I announced my retirement and I am happy to accept that," Chandana told reporters at the airport.
Chandana has played 16 Tests and 147 one day internationals, including his appearance in the 1996 World Cup winning team under Arjuna Ranatunga.
Sri Lanka Cricket backs the rival Indian Premier League, promoted by the Indian Cricket Board.