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Lankan players'NOC for playing overseas leagues put on hold

Published : Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 218

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has put on hold the NOCs' to the few players, who have sought permission to play in the Caribbean Premier League T-20 (CPLT-20), it is learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources in SLC, the players-Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera are/were part of the St. Lucia Zouks team in the 7th edition of the League in West Indies. Isuru Udana was to play for St Kitts Nevis Patriots team.
However, many of these players have been replaced due to their international commitments.
The CPLT-20 tournament will be played from September 4 to October 12.   
On Friday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) named big-hitting all-rounder Isuru Udana as replacement international marquee player for England's David Willey in the Paarl Rocks squad for the second edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0).
SLC has also invited 30-odd players on September 9 at the head quarter, where they will be briefed by the president Shammi Silva and Roshan Goonathilake and they will also be shown the security plan put in place by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the forthcoming tour by Sri Lankan team.  
Few senior players have expressed concern over touring Pakistan due to security fear. Lasith Malinga, Anjelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunarthane, Kusal Perera, Kushal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Lahiru Thirimane are reported to be "not too enthusiast" for this tour.

The briefing will also be attended by the chief selector Ashantha De Mel, who will check the availability of the players for the Pakistan tour.  
At present the Hon. sports minister Harin Fernando is not likely to attend the meeting with the players but his interaction with the players before the tour is not ruled out either. The minister may also be with the team in Pakistan for a short period.

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