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Sri Lankans to feature in Champions League

No ban on participating in all foreign leagues

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Dubai: Sri Lanka Cricket will not ban all its players from playing in foreign league.

Last week, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board had announced that it will stop its players from participating in overseas domestic league including Australia's Big Bash until the World Cup next year.

Aravinda De Silva, the chairman of the Sri Lankan team selection committee, who is here as part of the Fosters Legends Cricket Series, clarified on the decision regarding the ban.

"We are not trying to ban them from playing in any foreign league. We just wanted to make sure that since there is so much of cricket in the next nine months leading up to the World Cup we do not want our preparation to be affected in any way," he said.

"It is important that all our players are in peak fitness and mentally fresh for the World Cup. Only then will the preparation process be held in [a] perfect manner," he added.

When asked whether the ban will mean that players will not the able to play in any Twenty20 leagues being organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, De Silva said: "We are not going to any way stop them from playing in the Champions League," he said.