Uncertainty surrounds Hasaranga’s SRH stay in the IPL 2024

The situation surrounding Wanindu Hasaranga is getting more complicated because the player has not confirmed that he will be arriving in Hyderabad. The franchise isn’t sure if it should look for a substitute or hold off. They’re in a condition of uncertainty about the whole thing.

According to a recent article on this website, the player’s manager in Sri Lanka is still adamant that the player would report for his IPL obligations. But neither the player nor Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have given the franchise this kind of assurance. The authorities of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may eventually become aware of this circumstance.

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It has been observed that Hasaranga was chosen by the SLC for its Test team, which was playing matches in Bangladesh concurrently with the IPL, despite claiming to have a left ankle ailment that supposedly prohibits him from playing in the IPL.

If the recall into the five-day contests, a format from which he had retired a year earlier, is to evade the International Cricket Council (ICC) punishments for four T20I (or as many Tests or ODIs) then the timing of his selection in the Test side has already been much discussed. It would have kept him from playing for Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 World Cup league stages, where he serves as captain.

On the subject, the ICC has refrained from commenting. But the world body faces hurdles. First off, as per ICC rules, any cricket player can rejoin the game and participate in any format. Second, boards are free to choose players for various formats. Thirdly, the player participated in the limited-overs matches that preceded the Bangladesh Tests, suggesting that he was healthy and that the SLC had included him in their test preparations, as they had announced in the media.

Although neither the BCCI nor the SRH team has commented on the situation, it is quite likely that the issue of international players withdrawing from the league due to poor auction returns will be brought up during the owners’ meeting that the BCCI has scheduled for Ahmedabad on April 16 will be discussed. It has previously occurred a few times. For the record, the base price of Rs 1.5 crore in the 2023 auction replaced the Rs 10.75 crore auction value (by RCB in 2022).

After contacting SLC and the player, Cricbuzz received no response. This website will receive calls from the player’s management, who has agreed to respond, and this article will be updated as soon as he issues a statement.

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Muttiah Muralitharan offered his thoughts on the situation, saying, “We purchased Hasaranga, one of the top leg-spinners, in the auction. He is experiencing some discomfort. In April, he hopes to join on the fourth or fifth. We are unsure whether or not his presence represents a question mark on our end.” “We could not get any Indian spinners (in the auction) because we had what we had, and no other team would put (release) the best Indian spinners out,” the legendary spinner from Sri Lanka continued. There was just one choice: hasaranga. We got him. Regretfully, nevertheless, he claims to have some aches and pains. This explains why our balance fluctuates a little bit.”

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