SLC introduce new rules
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has released a new set of guidelines for players choosing to retire from international cricket, namely, a requirement to provide SLC with three months’ notice of their intention to retire, a six-month waiting period post-retirement in order to obtain NOC to play in overseas franchise tournaments, and the need to play in at least 80% of domestic matches in a season if they are to be eligible for the Lanka Premier League.
The decision comes in the wake of Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa announcing their retirements in recent days - the former from red-ball cricket and the latter from international cricket entirely.
Among the reasons behind the updated guidelines are concerns that several players may potentially be considering their international futures, especially in the context of new mandatory fitness requirements, and the fact that franchise cricket tends to be more lucrative.
As per SLC media release, the new mandates are as follows:
“1. National players who intend to retire from national cricket should provide three months’ notice to Sri Lanka Cricket of their intention to retire.
2. Retired national players who wish to obtain ‘No Objection Certificates’ (NOC) to play in overseas franchise leagues will only be issued to such players who have completed six months of their effective date of retirement.
3. Retired national players will be considered eligible for local leagues such as the LPL, only if they have played 80% of matches in the domestic cricket competitions conducted in the season prior to the conducting of the league.”