After the reports of Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan leaving the Indian Premier League (IPL) to join the England-bound national team got rife, it is learnt that former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are also packing their bags for an early exit.
Sangakkara and Jayawardene, who are currently in charge of the Deccan Chargers and Kochi Tuskers Kerala respectively, will reportedly leave the IPL early to start preparations for the first Test against England on May 26.
According to The Island, both the players are expected to be in Colombo by May 16 and will leave the island a day later to join the squad for the second warm-up game scheduled for May 19 against England Lions at Derby. The newspaper also reported that both players have received the necessary consent of their franchises to make an early exit.
The newly appointed skipper, meanwhile, is expected to join the national squad before it takes off to England on May 10.
Sri Lanka Cricket last week allowed seven players from the 16-member squad to arrive in England before May 19, the day their second warm-up game, against England Lions, starts.
The board had earlier asked the players to return on May 5 in order to prepare for the England tour. — PTI