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sandpiper
June 17, 2007, 01:30 PM
Former captain Marvan Atapattu has pulled out of Sri Lanka's forthcoming Test series against Bangladesh.

Atapattu, who has not played a Test since 2005, was last week named in a 15-man squad for the series.

But a Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman said Atapattu had now pulled out because of "personal commitments".

Atapattu, who is currently in England playing for invitation side Lashings World XI, has not retired and wants to be considered for future series.

Bangladesh flew into Sri Lanka on Sunday despite security fears because of activity by the Tamil Tigers, who want an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in the north and east of the country.

"The Bangladeshi government has accepted our security guarantees making the tour possible," said Sri Lanka sports minister Gamini Lokuge.

The Tigers have carried out two separate air raids in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo since the end of March.

At least nine people died and more than 40 civilians were injured in two subsequent roadside bombs in the city.

The first two Tests are due to take place in Colombo, starting on 25 June and 3 July, with the third in Kandy.

A replacement for Atapattu will be named in due course.

But it will definitely not be Sanath Jayasuriya, who will be playing county cricket in England until the start of the one-day series which follows the Tests.

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/other_international/sri_lanka/6761475.stm

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/slvbdesh/content/story/298283.html

Surfer
June 17, 2007, 01:44 PM
Atapattu is a formidable player and even though he hasnt played test cricket for sometime, he could have been instrumental in Srilanka's campaign.

sheikh
June 17, 2007, 01:51 PM
Former Sri Lanka captain and opening batsman Marvan Atapattu has pulled out of the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh citing personal commitments. Atapattu, 36 was named in the Test squad of 15 picked on June 13 for the three matches against Bangladesh beginning on June 25.

Kanagan Mathivanan, the Sri Lanka Cricket secretary, said that the board had received a letter from Atapattu that due to commitments he was unavailable for the Bangladesh series. Atapattu had however stated that he would be available for future series. Atapattu is currently in England playing club cricket for Lashings.

Although picked in the World Cup squad, Atapattu was not selected for any of Sri Lanka's 11 matches during the tournament held in the Caribbean. Atapattu was also left out of the one-day series that followed in Abu Dhabi against Pakistan.

The selection committee, headed by Ashantha de Mel, recalled Atapattu for the Bangladesh Test series. Sanath Jayasuriya, who is now expected to play just one-day cricket, was rested for the series and allowed to sign-up with English county Lancashire as their overseas replacement with Muttiah Muralitharan returning home for the Bangladesh series.

Mathivanan said a replacement for Atapattu would be named shortly.

Murad
June 17, 2007, 02:01 PM
it was right thing to do.. hes not getting enough respect from the board that he deserves... they didn't let him play a single match in the wc.. then they didnt select him for the abudabi series..

BD-Shardul
June 17, 2007, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by muradnyc
it was right thing to do.. hes not getting enough respect from the board that he deserves... they didn't let him play a single match in the wc.. then they didnt select him for the abudabi series..

Ditto.

Sohel
June 17, 2007, 03:23 PM
it was right thing to do.. hes not getting enough respect from the board that he deserves... they didn't let him play a single match in the wc.. then they didnt select him for the abudabi series..

i agree 100% ... ijjot matters.

sandpiper
June 18, 2007, 11:01 AM
source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/other_international/sri_lanka/6761475.stm
Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu could face disciplinary action after pulling out of their forthcoming Test series against Bangladesh.

He informed officials on Sunday that he would not be available for the series because of "personal commitments".

Atapattu is currently in England playing for invitation side Lashings.

"We will have to see whether he has violated his annual contract. If he has, then we will have to take action," said board secretary K Mathivanan.

"This tour was a great opportunity for Marvan to get back in the team and we are disappointed that he has made himself unavailable."

The 36-year-old has played 88 Tests, 18 as captain, but has not appeared in the side for 18 months, primarily because he underwent surgery on his back in 2006.

Despite opting out of the Tests against Bangladesh, the first of which starts on 25 June, Atapattu has made it clear he has not retired and wants to be considered for future series.

The selectors will name a replacement for him in the near future.

But it will definitely not be Sanath Jayasuriya, who will be playing county cricket in England until the start of the one-day series which follows the Tests.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, flew into Sri Lanka on Sunday despite security fears because of activity by the Tamil Tigers, who want an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in the north and east of the country.

"The Bangladeshi government has accepted our security guarantees making the tour possible," said Sri Lanka sports minister Gamini Lokuge.

The Tigers have carried out two separate air raids in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo since the end of March.

At least nine people died and more than 40 civilians were injured in two subsequent roadside bombs in the city.

The first two Tests will be played in the city, with the third to be staged in Kandy.

Tigers_eye
June 18, 2007, 11:38 AM
No. You don't play for the board. You play for the country. Not playing in the 11 was mainly decided by the coach, captian and team manager. Not the board. You skip your personal commitments unless they are health reasons of immidiate family. Poor stance by Attapatu. He had more class than this when he was captain.

He is one of my favorite players. Because of him we are having a 3 test match series.

akabir77
June 18, 2007, 11:49 AM
well good news for bangladesh and i think Sl captain was counting on him as there r several seniors r missing. so who else don't wanna play...

MohammedC
June 18, 2007, 05:33 PM
Veteran batsman Marvan Atapattu may end up in trouble after pulling out from playing in Sri Lanka's Test series against Bangladesh, the Daily Mirror learns.
A spokesman of the interim committee running Sri Lanka Cricket said Atapattu could be making a big mistake for turning his back on a recall into the Test side after 18 months.
He said Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) received an e-mail from Atapattu advising them of his unavailability for the series.
“It’s quite a shock to hear that someone who indicated he was keen to get back to playing for Sri Lanka now says he is not interested. We have to see whether his contract (with Sri Lanka Cricket) enables him to absent himself for no valid reason”, the spokesman said asking not to be named.
Atapattu is currently in England playing for a club called the Lashings for which retired Sri Lanka allrounder Russel Arnold will also play.
In his e-mail to SLC Atapattu has not forgotten to state that he would be available for tours after the Bangladesh series which begins next week.
Atapattu has more than 5000 Test runs and more than 8000 one-day runs to his credit and many analysts felt that he had the last chance of reviving his place in the team after being a virtual sight-seeing tourist during the recent World Cup in the West Indies.
He did not play a Test match since December 2005 and his last one-dayer was in February this year.

Source (http://www.lankatimes.com/fullstory.php?id=260)