Sangakkara supports IPL window

“ICC will hopefully look at a window for IPL. It’s become a permanent part of calendar and it can hold its own with any other tournament. It won’t put players into positions where they have to choose between playing in the IPL for which they have signed on before and also keeping their word to their countries,” said Sangakkara.

“Such a move would help the players in not rubbing anyone on the wrong side,” felt the 33-year-old Sangakkara who led the Lankans to a second-place finish in the last World Cup. “All players take a huge amount of pride in playing for their countries. That’s always going to be their main aim. But at the same time if they don’t have to do that choosing of sides I think it will make it easier for players, boards, everyone included and not rub anyone up the wrong side at times,” he said.

Looking ahead Sangakkara, who would be playing his last IPL tie on Monday against Pune Warriors at the DY Patil Stadium before rejoining the national duty, said the team had lost a lot of opportunities to close out games this season.

“For us as a team this season it had been a very steep learning curve. We got great opportunities to win games. “The positives are we played good cricket, we have been in positions to win but that also hurts. When we beat teams like Mumbai Indians that shows how good we are,” he remarked.

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