SLC was hoping Mahela after a successful IPL stint would help the national team.
For now, only five players have sought permission for the same.
Sri Lanka all-rounder to face rough phase ahead of World Cup.
Mathews has already been sacked as captain of Sri Lanka
In an emotional letter, Mathews has mentioned plans of retiring from limited-overs cricket.
Dinesh Chandimal takes over as captain of Sri Lanka.
The duo of Chandimal and Hathurusingha will now have to work relentlessly as the World Cup is less than 8 months away from commencement.
The Lankan board has put forth a rather taxing schedule.
The Lankans have named a rather strong squad for the five-match ODI series against the Proteas.
The league was set to commence on August/September this year.