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Jayawardene says no Sri Lanka player in IPL 2021 is ‘disheartening’

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Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera were unsold

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was straightforward and open about a number of aspects surrounding the IPL and his new role as Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket. It wasn’t until he was asked about plotting and planning against his good friend Mahela Jayawardene, the Mumbai Indians head coach, that he finally broke into a chuckle. The two, who were part of many big moments in Sri Lankan cricket history, are now at the helm of two IPL winning sides but won’t get to work with top talent from their country in this year’s edition.

Lasith Malinga’s decision to retire and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s decision to release Isuru Udana ahead of the auction has meant no Sri Lankan player will be part of the league for the first time in its history. For the record, Udana, Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera all went unsold, while rookie Jaffna leg-spinner Vijayakanth Vilasanti, who impressed in the inaugural Lanka Premier League, made it among the 298 players that were shortlisted to go under the hammer.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1252306.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

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