Now players will not be able to take retirement on their own free will!

For some time now, things are not going well in Sri Lankan cricket. A lot of problems have arisen between the cricketers of this country and the board. Let us tell you that, players are giving more importance to playing league cricket by taking continuous retirement from international cricket. In such a situation, his board has imposed some strict rules on Sri Lankan players. Under which now Sri Lankan players will not be able to retire on their own free will.

Sri Lanka board issued strict rules

To retire or retire from international cricket, Sri Lankan cricketers will have to give a notice 3 months in advance. Not only this, but there will also be a long wait of 6 months after retirement for the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the franchise based T20 cricket league.

According to sources, these concrete steps have been taken by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to prevent players from premature retirement and going to the lucrative domestic T20 cricket league. At the same time, according to the guidelines issued by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, to be eligible to play in the Lanka Premier League, players have to play at least 80% of the matches in the season.

Many players had retired immediately

danushka gunathilaka-Bhanuka Rajapaksa
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The SLC has taken this decision after the retirement of Danushka Gunathilak and Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Gunatilak has recently retired from Test cricket, while Rajapaksa, on the other hand, has said goodbye to all formats of international cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement on Saturday, ‘National players wishing to retire from the national cricket team must give three months’ notice to Sri Lanka Cricket that they wish to retire.

According to the statement, “Retired national players seeking No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in foreign franchise league will be issued the certificate only after six months from the date of retirement.”

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board also said that ‘Retired national players will be eligible to play in domestic leagues like LPL only if they play 80 percent of domestic cricket competitions in the season preceding the league.’ It is believed that the board has done this because they believe that keeping in mind the new mandatory fitness requirements, many players may consider retiring from international cricket.