The Sports Ministry of Sri Lanka has stopped the players from leaving for India for the ODI series starting December 10.
The Sri Lankan team was called back from the airport as the Sri Lanka Cricket board CEO and secretary haven’t approved the team for limited overs series yet. The players, hence, will arrive in India only after the team selection has been approved by the Sports Ministry.
“Most players reached the airport around 9pm on Monday. Left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana had even boarded the flight, but they were told to go back home as the team didn’t have the approval of the minister of sports,” Cricbuzz has quoted an official as saying.
“We expect to resolve the matter by Tuesday evening and players should be in India by Wednesday morning,” the source further said.
In Sri Lanka it is mandatory for the all national sports teams to take a formal approval from the sports minister.
The squad was selected on November 30 but there seems to have been a delay in sending the squad to the Ministry for approval. The Ministry, in general, approve the squads picked by the respective sports federations without any reservations.
However, even as the ODI squad to tour India was announced on November 30, there has been an unprecedented day in the process to get the ministry nod.
A total of nine players, including skipper Thisara Perera, were called back from the airport.