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Srilanka Cricket Board: Players now have to provide a three-month notice before retiring

The guidelines have been issued by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in its bid to stop the premature retirement of players

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Board has issued new guidelines with respect to the retirement of Sri Lankan players. As per the latest updates, Sri Lankan players who are intending to quit international cricket will need to give a three months notice period before retiring. Moreover, they have to wait for six-months post-retirement to obtain NOC for playing in franchise-based T20 leagues. The guidelines have been issued by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in its bid to stop the premature retirement of players.

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As per the guidelines, the players also need to play at least 80 percent of domestic matches in a season to be eligible to feature in the Lanka Premier League (LPL). SLC's decision came after Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa announced their retirement.

"National players who intend to retire from national cricket should provide three months' notice to Sri Lanka cricket of their intention to retire."

Sri Lanka Cricket Board said in a statement on Saturday

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The players are taking retirement because of the new mandatory fitness test by the Sri Lanka Cricket board

"Retired national players who wish to obtain 'No Objection Certificate's (NOCs) to play in overseas franchise leagues. That will only be issued to such players who have completed six months of their effective date of retirement"

"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."

The Board also added

The guidelines have been issued by SLC as they feel that many players may consider international retirement. The players are taking retirement because of the new mandatory fitness test by the SLC board.

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