Letting IPL players to stay causes media outrage in Lanka

The Sri Lankan media demanded the resignation of Sports Minister Mahindanada Aluthgamage after his u-turn on the IPL players.

Updated: April 23, 2011 16:37 IST
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Colombo: The Sri Lankan media criticised Sports Minister Mahindanada Aluthgamage on Saturday, demanding his resignation after he was forced to make an U-turn on his directive that Sri Lankan players in the IPL must put the country before cash-rich league.

Aluthgamage ordered that players must return to Colombo by May 5 to prepare for the tour of England.

However in a complete U-turn on Thursday, he let the players to stay in India until May 18 and travel direct to England to join the squad.

"Now that the minister has not been able to deliver what he promised why doesn't he seriously consider resignation," leading Lankan daily The Island wrote.

The paper says the minister in his U-turn has blamed the cricket administration for issuing players with NOC to participate in the IPL without setting a time frame for their return to prepare for the England series.

"We feel the sports minister has completely lost the point here," the newspaper stressed.

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