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Attapattu to lead Delhi Jets in ICL League

New Delhi, Nov 17 (UNI) Former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu wil captain the Delhi Jets team in the ICL Twenty20 League starting later this month.

''Atapattu will captain the side and he will join after the Australia tour,'' Jets coah Madan Lal said at a cricket clinic for young boys of the Capital here today.

Atapattu has had a love hate relationship with the Sri Lanka Cricket board who has said anybody who joins the 'rebel' league would be banned from playing for the country.

Atapattu returned to Test cricket in the first Test against Australia (Nov 8-12) after nearly two years and international cricket after a dramatic six months, in which he spent the entire Caribbean World Cup on the bench and then declined to play in a series against Bangaldesh.

He landed into trouble again when after the first Test against Australia, he made a scathing attck on the Sri Lankan selectors, calling them ''a set of muppets headed by a joker''.

Meanwhile, all the Delhi Jets players who were announced in Mumbai on November 14, including the four overseas players -- Paul Nixon (England), Taufeeq Umar (Pakistan), Niall O'Brien (Ireland) and Dale Benkenstein (South Africa)-- turned up for the clinic and gave tips to around 50 boys from the capital.


Story first published: Saturday, November 17, 2007, 20:14 [IST]
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