Perera fails to gain permission to play in the BBL

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“Before he thinks of playing [in the] Big Bash and all these things, he needs to do the work in Sri Lanka, if he wants to become a good all-rounder”

Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has failed to gain permission to play in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) tournament in Australia due to his “poor form”.

Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya also questioned where Perera’s loyalties lie as the national team are currently playing a Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

“We are not giving him permission to play in the Big Bash,” Jayasuriya told ESPNcricinfo. “He has to work and stay in Sri Lanka.

“The reason is poor form. He’s been in very poor form with his bowling and batting. He needs to work on some things with the coaches in Sri Lanka.

“Before he thinks of playing [in the] Big Bash and all these things, he needs to do the work in Sri Lanka, if he wants to become a good all-rounder. That’s what the selectors think.”

During the recently concluded ODI series against Pakistan, Perera only managed to score 13 runs in the first three matches, after which he was dropped due to his dismal form with both the bat and ball.

Jayasuriya admitted that he was surprised by Perera’s performance during that series, especially since the selection committee had already sent him a message by dropping him for the ODI tri-series in the West Indies in June.

“After dropping him from that West Indies series, he played really well,” Jayasuriya said. “He worked hard on his bowling and batting and everything. But now, he needs to work hard again.

“He doesn’t need BBL match practice. If he wants match practice, he can get it during the England A series. I want him to play Tests for Sri Lanka, not just ODIs and T20s. He has that potential, but he needs to work hard.”

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