Angry Sports Minister recalls nine ODI players from BIA

2017-12-05 11:45:00

In an unprecedented development, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera last night ordered all nine players heading to India for the limited-over leg of the current series to turn back as they were leaving the country without his approval. At the time of his intervention, the players had even boarded the flight to Delhi and were forced to disembark.

The team leaving the country without his approval was a blatant violation of the country’s sports law which requires Sports Minister’s approval, the Minister said. More...

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  • ANTON Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:54


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    TURE Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:23

    Very True, too much of politics.

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    Neo Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:59

    This is the only thing yahapalane managed. Spoil the only international level sport we had with political stooges.

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    To Dayasiri Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:18

    this person is very useless for being a Sport Ministry. Why they need his approval. He will sit in the Ac room. But the selectors only know who is good and bad

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    kumar (gulf) Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:27

    This stupid man will ruin the remaining cricket also, in our country.

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    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:28

    You have insulted the players by recalling them after boarding the aircraft, but you have failed to discipline any of the officials who are actually responsible. You should learn to sort problems exactly by hitting it on the head instead of doing everything else uncomfortable to the others who have nothing to do this to ordeal.

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    Ali Hu Kai Tuesday, 5 December 2017 16:17

    Spot on!Morale Sapping prior to the matches. We should have sent the players and reprimanded the officials locally.

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    Joe Wednesday, 6 December 2017 07:55

    Well said BuffaloaCitizen. This is exactly he should have done.

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    Joseph Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:54

    Absolutely correct. Players are not responsible. The Minister has embarrassed the players. If my chiled was subject to this humiliation I would take action against the Minister, even if does not make any headway.

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    I'm Jumper @AnyTime Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:50

    Jumper to MR and MR to Konda nati palanaya

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    John Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:58

    You have disgraced the country Mr Minister, due to your own lack of checks!

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    ceylon Tuesday, 5 December 2017 12:59

    lanka is jokers paradise.but this joke is terrible.howcome sports minister dont know till they got in to plane for an international match.where is sports minister working .or he sleeping on job. via DM Android App

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    Peter Tuesday, 5 December 2017 16:59

    Crying babies.. oooohhhh Indian air is so bad (but no problem practicing and playing in Sri Lanka amidst the moronic acts of burning grass and leaves in and around athletic fields!!!)Get real!

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    Belina Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:18

    two useless people intervene the national team is sumathipala and dayasiri, the deth of last world class sports we have.

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    Lawry Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:19

    Well done Minister. Make sure the Hora-Police games of the government are also fast tracked like this one. I like the speed of lightning.

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    stardust Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:20

    Just excercising his power. Stupide. via DM Android App

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    Christo Gonawela Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:38

    Congratulation and well done minister for your bold action and for upholding the Law above all

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    ranam Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:47

    Players have not committed a crime to enforce law. He should have used commonsense and sort out the issue with officials without making a big fuss while taking measures to stop such things happening in future

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    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 5 December 2017 14:16

    He is like a spoilt child who gets into a tantrum when he cannot find his balls to play.

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    Roman Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:43

    Malinga was right!

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    Aaachita Haaal Karanda Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:48

    un okoma akathuwala andimata aaachita hala karanda yanawada mn da apa.. heymadama kala den cricket akat kanada yanawa mey yakku okoma akathuwala

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    jehan Tuesday, 5 December 2017 14:11

    why do we need a minister to approve? do we need a sport minister? what does he do? as a sports minister does he want the population to be fit and healthy. has he done any thing in this regard? i have only seen sport ministers in third world countries. in the first world countries this is un-heard of. if the players play badly, will he be breaking there legs like saddam iraq. define the sports ministers job?

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    sena Tuesday, 5 December 2017 14:37

    We are famous to have rules and to override them.

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    Kaboos Tuesday, 5 December 2017 14:45

    wise man reflects before he speaks and idiot reflects after he speaks.

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    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 5 December 2017 14:47

    I think the Minister is right, There are formalities to follow, if these morons don't get this , how the hell can they play cricket as it is a Gentleman's game. Sack the useless fellows and recruit some decent new guys.

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    Kreedakaya Tuesday, 5 December 2017 16:07

    If there is proper procedure how SLC skipped the Minister?Sack Chairperson and the gang.

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    Jaliya Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:14

    There are formalities to follow ?? oh...please all these unnecessary procedures to make themselves become important .... The entire sports ministry should be dissolved these people are a burden to the government and drain to the society. No sport need their existence and influence for a successful operation.

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    Ooakka Loowkka Hora Tuesday, 5 December 2017 15:55

    Ayai yo amma Apa apa.

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    Dayawathie Tuesday, 5 December 2017 15:59

    Minister thinks that he is all mighty.

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    anon Tuesday, 5 December 2017 17:11

    "Nothing Doing" Lol

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    john frazer Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:13


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    Citizen Perera Tuesday, 5 December 2017 19:45

    It looks like match between Minister and players....

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    Kadiya Wednesday, 6 December 2017 07:59

    It's a wonder that he didn't see fit to recall our team from a smog filled Delhi!!!

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    nimall Wednesday, 6 December 2017 09:39

    Well, if the current laws say the Minister must approve, no one should send teams abroad to represent the country. However, we must decide whether the Minister adds value when he approves a team. Time to change existing laws.

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    Wrong path. Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:04

    Sometimes may be up date the presence of the players at the MinistryHon.Minister to recall the players,however it is not a matterto recall at all. Hon Minister please cautious in future .

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    Sunil Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:05

    What a sporty gesture. No wonder our cricket is in the doldrums.

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    Senewi Wednesday, 6 December 2017 16:36

    Dayasiri and Sagala should have to swap the ministries.

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