Atapattu asks other Boards to follow SLC's footsteps

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Former captain Marvan Atapattu has hailed the Sri Lankan Cricket's (SLC) pathbreaking move where it allowed the players associated with the ICL to play at the domestic circuit and said other Boards should take a leaf out of the SLC's book.

''It's (SLC's decision to remove the bans) a very strong message to other boards that have imposed similar bans,'' said tapattu, who was one of the five players to have benefitted from Sri Lanka Cricket's decision, told cricinfo.com.

''It's a message that the game is not ruled by any single body, and nobody should try to rule the game. I hope that other boards, including India, also let all their ICL players play in all forms of cricket.

''The players in India have taken a brave stand by joining ICL.

They are very young and talented. Why not give them a chance now?,'' he added.

He further asserted that the move by the SLC to remove the ban meant level playing ground for all Sri Lankan cricketers.

''We are hopeful this will soon lead to a situation where our cricketers can play for their country and choose between the ICL and IPL.

''Right now, the situation is grossly unfair where some of our players play in IPL while the others sit at home and watch it on TV.

It's not fair that only players who play in the IPL can play for Sri Lanka. The ICL is a similar tournament, with a similar format, and only the name is different. So why is there this discrimination?'' he said.

His former teammate and captain Arjuna Ranatunga also came in for a lot of praise from the Atapattu and thanked him for taking the rebel-league players' cause and deciding in their favour.

''This decision has come from a guy who has led Sri Lankan Cricket from the front, first as a player and now as an administrator. He has once more shown the aggression that he showed as a World Cup-winning captain (in 1996), and we are thankful to him for that,'' Atapattu stated.

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