BCCI, SLC likely to meet on SL players in IPL

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 18:38 PM IST

Kochi: Senior Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene said that his country`s cricket board and the BCCI are likely to meet on Monday for a "dialogue" over the return of the players taking part in the IPL midway in the Twenty20 league for a tour of England.

Jayawardene said in the end the Sri Lankan players will have to abide by the decision of their Board.

"We are supposed to return to Sri Lanka by May 5. That is the direction we have been given. Dialogues are happening between the two boards. There is likely to be a meeting tomorrow," said Jayawardene, captain of IPL side Kochi Tuskers Kerala, here.

"As of now, we have to go on May 5. This is not something which is in our control as players. We are waiting to hear the final outcome (of the dialogue)," he told reporters at the press conference ahead of KTK`s IPL match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings.

He said in the event of his departure, there will be adequate replacements.

"Hopefully, I will get to stay longer. But, if I go there are quite good players to come in. I am sure they will put their hands up. Anything can happen, injury etc. We have adequate replacement and some top players are sitting on the bench. They will grab the opportunity," he said.

PTI