Kolkata: The BCCI has politely conveyed to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that asking its players to return midway through the Indian Premier League would have dire consequences for the latter. (Also Read: Sri Lanka rejects BCCI request on IPL players)
A top official of the BCCI rubbished reports that the two boards would be meeting to take a decision on the issue of Sri Lankan cricketers featuring in the IPL heading back home by May 5 to take part in a preparatory camp for the tour of England.
As it turns out, the top echelons of the BCCI held a telephonic conversation with their SLC counterparts two days ago during when the former conveyed their stand, quietly and firmly, that they wanted the players from Pearl Island to stay back and play in the IPL at least till May 15.
According to the BCCI official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the SLC was reminded of the many instances in the past when the Indian board had stood by them during a crisis and how the SLC had benefited financially through the Indian teams' visits, often outside the Future Tours Programme, apart from being involved in the IPL itself.
Just to make sure the message was not lost, the BCCI categorically told SLC that if the latter stuck to its demand, the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL in future would be in doubt and certainly there wouldn't be any team from the island nation in the Champions League.
"The BCCI requested the SLC that it convey to its government the many help that we have done to them in the past and not to recall the players when the tournament is in full swing," the BCCI official said.
Meanwhile, Tillakaratne Dilshan was named the captain of the Sri Lankan team for the upcoming tour of England on Monday.
The 34-year-old succeeds Kumar Sangakkara who stepped down after Sri Lanka's loss to India in the World Cup final on April 2.