|Event:||Australia in Sri Lanka 2016, Sri Lanka in England and Ireland 2016|
DateLine: 10th July 2016
Mumbai, July 10 : After the completion of the England tour, the Sri Lankan players have been given a one week off by their Head Coach Graham Ford and all players are recommended to assemble on July 12 for the net-practice from 13th July, it is learnt here.
Graham Ford, who didn't return with the other members of the team to Sri Lanka is believed to have been on a one-week holiday to be with his family in South Africa, it is learnt here.
Two members of the Sri Lankan team -Dilruwan Perera and Milinda Siriwardene-had returned from England whilst the third Test was in progress.
However, there had been no rift among the team members, the source confirmed.
"They were not in the Eleven team and Milind was not fully fit. The team already had 17 players, two more were to join and were to leave for Ireland soon after the Test and there was no immediate flight for Colombo for 1-2 days and therefore they took manager's permission and left early", the source explained.
"It is a rumour about the dis-harmony in the team and it is baseless", the source added.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play a home series of three Tests, five ODIs' and two Twenty20s' against Australia.
The first Test commencing on July 26.
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