Angry Sports Minister recalls 9 SL ODI players from BIA

Sri Lanka ODI team asked to return home before boarding flight to India

In fact Thisara (Perera) called me last night from the flight and said "Sir we have already boarded".

In Sri Lanka, all the teams, be it cricket, or other sports, are required to get a clearance from the ministry, as per their sports law.

Jayasekera has the power to make two changes to the squad named by Sri Lanka Cricket.

As a result of this move, nine players of the national team has been inconvenienced.

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Sri Lankan selectors on Tuesday left out the Test captain from the ODI squad, as all-rounder Asela Gunaratne and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka return to the side.

Kusal Perera, who has not played worldwide cricket since injuring himself in the Champions Trophy, is back in the Sri Lankan ODI squad for the three-match series against India starting December 10.

While the first match is scheduled to be played on December 10, the second encounter will take place in Mohali on December 13 followed by the third and final ODI in Visakhapatnam on December 17. "They have now received the necessary clearance and will leave for India tonight", Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara told Cricbuzz.Earlier, in a amusing turn of events Lankan players were stopped to fly to India for the ODI series that begins on December 5. He will strengthen the batting order alongside Mathews, the former skipper who came back after having missed the last ODI series against Pakistan through injury.

The ones joining them with just four days to go for the first match, apart from Thisara, are Kusal, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Asela Gunaratne, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Sachith Pathirana.

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