More often than not, choices put one between the devil and the deep blue sea. For Kumar Sangakkara however, it was seemingly less life-threatening, having to choose to represent either the Kandurata Maroons or the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming Champions League T20. Sangakkara opted for Kanduranta, but with it opened a can of worms feeding on commitment, loyalty and a sense of belonging.
The veteran Sri Lanka claimed that his country's board (SLC) put him in a position where his loyalty was called into question. Aimed at SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, Sangakkara slammed the histrionics of a country-versus-franchise debate and added that he was happy to represent his home franchise. This is where the SLC assumed the role of the devil. Remember, at this point in time, an anti-IPL sensation is still being felt across Sri Lanka; a controversy that forced the Islands' players to skip games in Chennai during season six.
The SLC and Ranatunga in particular clearly capitalized on this, by stating their 'preference' for Sangakkara to 'choose' his home franchise. Sangakkara seems a smart man and recognized at once that opting to play for the Sunrisers would paint him as the villain. He made his choice but not without leaving a parting note of dismay and anger. The matter between the board and Sanga is now resolved but a bitter taste still remains.