SLC Slams At Mahela For Making ‘Damaging Statements’

A day after the World Cup winning Sri Lanka cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in a strongly worded statement slammed at Mahela Jayawardena for making damaging statements to both the image of the SLC and its officials.

The SLC issued this statement with regard to the remark made by Mahela Jayawardena yesterday saying the SLC CEO and the General Secretary mishandled the announcement of their retirement.

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“Sri Lanka Cricket would like to categorically state that neither the Hony. Secretary nor the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket had volunteered any statement to the Press regarding Mahela Jayawardena’s decision to address the media regarding his apparent retirement from the T20 format of Cricket save for the CEO’s comment cited in the Daily Mirror article of March 18, 2014, stating “We have seen the media reports but we don’t know how accurate they are because we would naturally expect the players to communicate such an important decision to SLC first. So far, they haven’t informed us that they have taken such decisions.”. The said article further refers to a statement made by Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya, Chairman of the National Selection Committee, personally expressing his point of view purely from a Selectors perspective. However,  the Hony. Secretary of SLC has made no statement whatsoever to any media personnel in this connection,” the statement said.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform the members of the media that in all matters of such nature , SLC considers such statements as damaging to both the image of the institution and the officials concerned, as the Player had further implied that the alleged statements made to the Press by the SLC Officials could have had a detrimental effect on the state of mind of the Player prior to such an important tournament and may have caused the player to lose focus thus potentially impacting his mind frame and the outcome of the game in a negative manner,” it also added.


“In closing, Sri Lanka Cricket, as an institution, regrets such unsubstantiated accusations leveled against the Hony. Secretary and CEO, by a Senior member of the National Team without verifying the facts at a public forum; a Sportsman whom we hold in the highest esteem as both a Former National Captain as well as a Brand Ambassador for the Nation,” the SLC said.