Sri Lanka's chief cricket selector Asantha de Mel on Sunday criticised the island's policy on the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), saying it would limit his ability to put together a top team.
Sri Lanka Cricket last month said no cricketer would be allowed to take part in any tournament not sanctioned by the governing body, and anyone defying the ban would not be considered for inclusion in the national side.
"This will leave us excluding players who might be playing in the league," de Mel told AFP.
"I have no problem with the decision with regard to the contracted players because they have contractual obligations. But it sounds absurd for players who have no contracts."
Former Indian allrounder Kapil Dev is regarded as the brains behind the ICL's breakaway Twenty20 competition set to start in October, which has already signed former West Indies and Pakistan captains Brian Lara and Inzamam-ul Haq.
"From a player's viewpoint, playing in the ICL may be just like playing in county cricket. So when we ban them, we will have fewer players to select from," de Mel said.