Former cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan’s teaming up with the Australian camp during the Warne-Murali trophy would be disadvantageous to Murali himself in the long run, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala said yesterday.
“The decision to coach Australia will only be disadvantageous to Murali in the long run and not to Sri Lanka Cricket,” he said.
Responding to a question asked by a journalist in Kandy, he said the SLC had tried hard to protect Muralitharan from sticky situations and that it was hurt by his decision to team up with Australia in the match against Sri Lanka played in his hometown in Kandy.
“There is no barrier in improving his career by a decision like this. But we think it’s not ethical. After all, the series is named the Warne-Murali trophy. However, we are confident of winning the series even if it means having to face 10 Murali-type spinners. Murali is now only a former player,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sumathipala said they had informed Australia Cricket about an incident where Murali is alleged to have used a local stadium to train Australian cricketers without permission.
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Warra Monday, 25 July 2016 13:22
Well if you guys approached him and asked him to coach the local spinners there wouldn't be an issue right. All this good talent ignored by SL cricket.
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Ajith Monday, 25 July 2016 14:43
This is correct. However, as correctly stated, this is Warne - Murali Trophy and he is assisting to send the trophy away. Any country other Aus or any other trophy would not been an issue.
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Lanka Tuesday, 26 July 2016 05:20
If SL cricket can hire Aussi coaches why can not they hire Sri lankans? If SL cricket don't want to hire Murali why can he get a job with Aussis?
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Chucking Coach Monday, 25 July 2016 13:26
Shame on Murali. Darrell Hair and Ross Emerson called Murali for CHUCKING
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Ruwan Monday, 25 July 2016 13:57
This is a good example for inspiration. A country that once threw mud at Murali, now hires him to coach them. This is now mud on John Howard, then prime minister of Australia, branded him a “chucker".
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Appu Monday, 25 July 2016 14:11
Now the people who called him as chucker are begging for help
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Cricket Fan Monday, 25 July 2016 13:34
Animosity seem to be building up via DM Android App
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Just Another Citizen Monday, 25 July 2016 13:35
So what about our foreign coaches, and when we play against a team that they have played for in the past?
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Our Country Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:28
Foreign Coaches are employed for over a period irrespective of country with whom we play; whereas this is to put our country down
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SN Monday, 25 July 2016 13:36
Thilanga is already giving excuses for series loss ahead
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Ruwan Monday, 25 July 2016 13:47
Murali has all the right to coach any team in the world. He is no longer contracted to the Sri Lankan cricket team. If this is the attitude, then Sri Lanka must stop hiring coaches from other competing countries.
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nalaka Monday, 25 July 2016 13:52
where is democracy mr thilanga.
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Be a sport Mr Thilanga Tuesday, 26 July 2016 03:41
What do you expect Murali to do. Wait around for the SLC to call and miss out an opportunity. Sri Lanka misses out as you people don't appreciate local talent only think that you have to be a foreigner to be noticed. I.am glad Australia noticed Murali 's talent.
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Sri Lankan Monday, 25 July 2016 13:56
Gamble via DM Android App
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Prem Sachi Monday, 25 July 2016 14:01
Thilanga is entitled to his opinion. Why should it be disadvantageous to Murali? Does Thilanga own SLC? When you hold high office, it makes sense not to make silly comments like you have just done Thilanga (again, this is a reader's opinion).
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Daham Monday, 25 July 2016 14:05
If the SLC president can betray his former boss, the former president, why can't Murali betray Sri Lanka.
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mnsmart Monday, 25 July 2016 14:08
Murali is now only a former player,” Yes indeed, let him go his own way.
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WTF Monday, 25 July 2016 14:14
Murali has a secure future, whereas Thilanga Sumathipala doesn't!
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Sunny Monday, 25 July 2016 14:15
SLC should have taken Murali to the system to train Sri Lankan but they ignored him. Why not he do this? Tom Moody was ex player of Australia but coached Sri Lanka. Did Australian say anything?
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Nimal Monday, 25 July 2016 14:18
I think the SLC Board should be dissolved if our team loses any further. Thilanga Sumathipala should be be booted out the door!
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Lastman Monday, 25 July 2016 14:18
When no ball saga started we all together and behind you then started ur journey and ba came highest wicket taker. Now u give hints for Aussi team great honor for us. via DM Android App
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Konde Bandapu Cheena Monday, 25 July 2016 14:24
Hypocrites,Nothing is wrong Murali being assisting AUS as no request from SLC,he is not emplyee of SLC,what about Samaraweera,Hathurusinghe,Jayawardene do not mix poor performance of the team with other issues
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Tania Monday, 25 July 2016 14:24
Thilanga is a fine one to speak of ethics.
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Hemantha Monday, 25 July 2016 14:28
Shame on Murali Trophy......!!!
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lokka Monday, 25 July 2016 14:38
he hasn't any clue what he is talking about even without murali aussy is going to win..we need a experience coach to guide our guys
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RadRav Monday, 25 July 2016 14:41
Saqlain Mustaq is the spin coach of England, who are currently playing Pakistan. What is the problem here? We should be proud that a team like Australia has hired one of our sons as a coach. Let's drop the small mindedness.
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AA Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:37
Did England ever throw mud at Saqlain Mustaq at any time?? Here the question is that a player who was disgraced in their country, approach the same player when that country plays against us?
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srilankan Monday, 25 July 2016 14:49
Murali has done enough for the country! What have you done otherwise! Robbed the cricket board?
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Bingo Monday, 25 July 2016 14:51
Jeez. Sumathipala has become a cry baby.
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Lankan Monday, 25 July 2016 15:15
Murali has the right to coach any team in the world, but if this series is for the Murali /Warne Trophy .. then its a serious ethical issue!!!
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Monday, 25 July 2016 15:29
Dont worry. we can win.
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Aquarius Monday, 25 July 2016 15:40
This man is really pathetic. By his crazy rules we should not have had any foreign coach with us. Did the Aussie and British coaches who gave so much to SLC betray their countries when they signed with SLC? This is how a dirty politicians mind works. Everything is suspicious because they are looking at things from their own dirty, corrupt standards.
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gdj100 Monday, 25 July 2016 15:41
Typical Sri Lankan attitude - ungratefulness. We should not forget Murali's contribution to SL cricket. What's this about no issue facing 10 Muralis? Our current batting is such that even an under 15 bowler could get them out cheaply.
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waco Monday, 25 July 2016 16:36
Please ewmove the following three words from your statement." Typical Sri Lankan atitude"
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daily boru Monday, 25 July 2016 15:57
you have to face the truth. no cricketer has played for the country but for the money. it is true that even to-days cricketer are playing for money. SL Cricket officials too are interested only in money.
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kad Monday, 25 July 2016 16:05
Cricket is all money now. Stop wasting time watching this game. Watch International soccer, full of sportsmanship and spirit. Really enjoying
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axehead Monday, 25 July 2016 16:16
Sounds like an underlying threat to me,
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Claude Monday, 25 July 2016 16:17
What is all this fuss. Is it because SLC could not hire him before the Aussies? Saqulain the authour of the doosra is coaching England against the Pakistanis! This is a job where there is no loyalties!
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yashy Monday, 25 July 2016 16:22
what the hell is wrong with him first it was against Mahela and now against Murali Person who has never played cricket how can make such stupid allegations against world famous cricketers they have every right to pursue their careers. I am really proud as a Srilankan cz their opinion been listen by world top class cricket nations via DM iOS App
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prakash Monday, 25 July 2016 16:28
it's a great honor for all sri lankans. we are in a position to teach cricket to the world. so sri lankan people dont worry. be proud.
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Moorkara Monday, 25 July 2016 16:30
Mr. Sumathipala was right, An Former Australian or any Other former players would not have done that against his Own Country of Birth ...Aggressive Coaching policies...
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Kadmin Monday, 25 July 2016 16:43
Thilanga has a point and I agree with him. What is the point naming the series warne-murali if both are in the same camp. Unfortunately Murali got this wrong.
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Chaminda Monday, 25 July 2016 16:46
Once Dav Whatmore was our coach against Australia and we won world the cup. :)
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Sri Lankan Monday, 25 July 2016 18:13
Why should Murali suffer. He is well looked after by the Australians. We should be happy as Sri Lankans for it is our SPIN HERO is selected to coach the very Aussies who condemned him. Murali was an asset and still an asset. This is pure cricket and not impure horse racing via DM Android App
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Ceylonese Monday, 25 July 2016 18:15
Many Australian cricket coaches Whatmore, Moody, Bayliss, Marsh, Dyson and Law have helped in the development of Sri Lanka cricket while Whatmore was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka defeat the aussies to win the cricket world cup in 1996.
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Iqkandy Monday, 25 July 2016 18:22
jealousy that matters most!!
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karthi Monday, 25 July 2016 18:24
Murali is a professional and he is free to work for whom ever he chooses. How come SLC has a South African coach !!!!!
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Karu Monday, 25 July 2016 23:52
Only you remember Murali when he is bought by other cricket.......Shame on u Sumathipala
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lankan Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:16
Not only in cricket. Lots and lots of IT professionals and doctors are migrating to Australia every year from sri lanka. because there is no proper system here.
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Ruwan Semasinghe Tuesday, 26 July 2016 01:14
Murali is the greatest cricketer Sri Lanka has ever produced,. Mre importantly he is the most decent, honest , down to earth sportsman of any kind this country has seen.He spoke eloquently of the charities and welfare projects he himself initiated. He is in direct cobntrast togreedy cricketing celebrities who unashamedly sell themselves and appear on billboard any every corner of the country.He is a true patriot and a true gentleman.My vote is for Murali for the chairmanship of the cricket board.
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pragash.kumar Tuesday, 26 July 2016 01:29
ha ha you all know about him only now we knew well before when his brother charged 15million fine for ethanol scam he supported MR to save him during Cameroon visit . They sell anything for money shame helping the country which try to destroy him from world cricket rather help sri lanka to whitewash them
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sanath Tuesday, 26 July 2016 01:42
England and s.african coach srilanka cricketers ,muralithran is a one of former crickets in srilanka ,our country not asked to coach srilanka team murali have a right to coach any country and get some of money.Thilanga sumathipala is a politician he can do politic and cricket why mulari cant coach cricket ?
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Rosh Tuesday, 26 July 2016 02:11
Look whos talking of ethics. Look at yourself on the mirror. If SL can hire a coach from Aussie whats wrong with Australian Cricket hiring a coach from SL Whether it is Mutali Mahela or Sanga so what These guys are real professionals in their field unlike you Thilanga a back stabbing opporturinst. So stop all this crap about ethics via DM Android App
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clueless Tuesday, 26 July 2016 02:25
no problem. let him do his thing. dont treat past cricketers as lords. they are just like any retired. but need to send him the bill with penalties for using a ground without permission. via DM Android App
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manzu Tuesday, 26 July 2016 03:16
Thilanga don't be trouble maker.
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saman hewawasam Tuesday, 26 July 2016 03:26
Screw you Thilanga!!!
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CitizenPerera Tuesday, 26 July 2016 04:03
will Murali pay the ultimate price with death like most of the foe's of underworlds Sumathipala.
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iemerald Tuesday, 26 July 2016 04:41
murali is free to choose who so ever.why did the bloody fool not offer murali a coaching stint with the lanka cricket team.
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NADA Tuesday, 26 July 2016 05:58
who is thilanga to comment???everyone knows his past including accompanying a drug dealer to Lords .
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