New Delhi: Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan on Saturday slammed Sri Lankan Cricket Board for asking its players to return home midway through the Indian Premier League for a tour to England, saying the No Objection Certificate had permitted them to play till May 20.
 
While condemning the Sri Lankan Cricket Board retired spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said, "I think the board (SLC) has given them permission till May 20. I don't know what happened suddenly. The players were told to come on May 5. It is the fault of SLC because they signed the NOC till May 20 so if they change it to May 5 it is something wrong."

"Players will get demoralised because if they go back on May 5th they play half of the IPL and they are going to miss a lot. SLC should have informed the players earlier" he said.

Muralitharan who quit international cricket after Sri Lanka's defeat to India in the World Cup final  said that the incident could spark "friction" between cricket boards of the two countries and SLC would lose a lot financially if it antagonises the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).

"There'll be a little bit of friction between the board (SLC) and the players and even the Indian Cricket Board. If the SLC is not going to support they are going to miss a lot from India, because when India tours Sri Lanka it is very mportant and if we are not playing in the Champions League Twenty20 we are going to lose some money. Friendship between India and Sri Lanka will be negative," he said.

He also added, "It might get sorted. These things happen between countries but in the end financially we depend on India, whatever said and done. SLC will have to be careful."

(Agencies)