Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is headed towards a further showdown with the players being offered only 36 hours to sign the contentious national contracts by Thursday. SLC sources said the players are returning from the UK only on Tuesday.

Anyone failing to do so would be excluded from selection for the home series against India starting on July 13.

The two sides declared a temporary truce with players agreeing to sign a tour contract to undertake the tour of England last month.

The disastrous tour ended with defeats in both formats and was further slipped into controversy with three leading players sent back for violating the bio-bubble.

Meanwhile, the desperate selectors have decided to bring back the left-handed batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa into the team having fined him USD 5000 and handing him a two-year suspended ban for breaching contract terms.

Rajapaksa had been highly critical of the…

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