Huge offers could spoil youngsters: Ranatunga

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: Indirectly referring to the large sums of money offered by the Indian Premier League (IPL) to leading cricket players around the world, Sri Lanka Cricket Chairman and World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga said here today the move could spoil the upcoming youngsters in Sri Lanka.

''I have no problem with the seniors but the younger players worry me. I have heard them saying that there are ways of making money even if one does not get picked for the national team,'' Ranatunga told reporters here, ahead of the team's tour to West Indies this week.

Sri Lanka Cricket has granted permission for Sri Lankan National team players to partake in IPL tournament with top players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Chaminda Vaas and Tillekaratne Dilshan being contracted to the IPL for large sums of money.

However, it has been the national players playing in the ICL.

''It could be India and could be another country next that will be offering large sums of money to players,'' Ranatunga, well-known as 'Captain Cool' said without naming the IPL.

He, however, supported the current captain Mahela Jayawardena for not making any drastic changes in the current composition of the national team, which performed poorly in the recently concluded CB triangular series in Australia also involving India.

Amid mounting criticism that not playing many youngsters in the team has led to its early exit from the CB series which was won by India, Ranatunga said he did not worry 'too much' about the team"s failure during the recent Australian tour.

''Our focus should be on the 2011 World Cup. Our board is planning to introduce a policy that would set goals to realise the dream of winning the coming World Cup,'' Ranatunga said.


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