Arjuna Ranatunga hopes too much cash won’t spoil young players

Arjuna Ranatunga, the former highly successful captain of the Sri Lanka cricket team, has said that players venturing into new cash-rich tournaments like ICL and IPL could be adversely affected by the amount of huge money they offer. Ranatunga said there was nothing wrong in making money when an opportunity comes in, but also said that the new young players, who get a huge chunk of money could eventually lose focus on the game.

“I hope this (losing focus) will not be the case and cricket will not be a business. The problem will start when money ruins the focus of young players,” Ranatunga noted.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will feature the likes of leading Sri Lankan players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Chamara Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga, while IPL’s main competitor the Indian Cricket League (ICL) will have Marvan Atapattu, Upul Chandana and Russel Arnold as their main players.

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