CLT20: After being forced to play for Lankan team Kandurata Maroons, Kumar Sangakkara says he is not anti-national

Kumar Sangakkara, who captained the Hyderabad team, said the day Kandurata qualified for the Champions League, he had approached his Indian franchise owners to allow represent him his native team.

updated: August 30, 2013 17:32 IST
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New Delhi: After preferring his domestic side Kandurata over IPL franchisee Sunrisers Hyderabad for the Champions League Twenty20, senior batsman Kumar Sangakkara has lashed out at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials for questioning his loyalty to the country.

Sangakkara said he himself wanted to play for Kandurata after their qualification but his IPL team had initially refused to release him, saying he was an integral part of the side even if his place in the final XI was not certain.

Sangakkara's comments came after SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga had said that the board would prefer Kandurata's IPL players played "for their country" in the Champions League.

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