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“Two-and-a-half weeks of availability is not attractive to franchises, so the chances of getting a better contract are higher next year, when I will be available for the whole tournament”
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has announced that he believes he will be able to get a more lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract next year since he will be available to play in the whole tournament.
Sangakkara pulled out of this year’s IPL due to the fact that he will only be available for two and a half weeks since Sri Lanka will be touring Ireland and England whilst the tournament in going on.
“It’s primarily a pragmatic decision,” Sangakkara said. “Two-and-a-half weeks of availability is not attractive to franchises, so the chances of getting a better contract are higher next year, when I will be available for the whole tournament. The new rules allowing franchises to re-evaluate their squads each year mean that players from teams that have a busier schedule next year will be less attractive. That, in turn, may mean there are more funds available to fresh entrants.”
Sangakkara added that he also wants to spend time with his family, especially since Sri Lanka are currently touring Bangladesh, after which they will be involved in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20.
“It also allows me to have some time at home with my family,” he said. “And I can do some preparation work for the England tour, with a focus on maintaining my fitness. I think all those factors contributed to the final decision.
“It’s a decision that carries some risk, because you never know how things will pan out next year, but I feel it’s the right one.”