Jayasuriya miffed at seniors spilling beans

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Sri Lanka chief cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya lashed out at the national team’s two senior statesmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for making controversial statements to media and warned that he might have to leave the senior players out of the meetings of the team’s think-tank where strategy is discussed if the two veterans kept on disclosing their plans on public domain.


“Both of them have been in the team for so long that they should understand what to talk. There is no excuse for what they have done. I feel things are getting out of hand here. Revealing our plans to media cannot be justified. Our plans are supposed to be a surprise to the opponents” an angry Jayasuriya told “Daily Mirror” yesterday.


“By the way things are happening; we might even have to keep them out of the meetings where plans are discussed. This is setting a dangerous precedent. What they have told media are things that we had discussed at a meeting. They were just basic ideas only. Nothing was final. When they go and tell the media as if it were all their plans, it puts us in an embarrassing situation” Jayasuriya said.


“Those are decisions that the national selectors should take, not the players. If the players are going to do our job, what is the point of having selectors there at all?” he questioned.


Jayasuriya was particularly miffed about the remarks the two seniors had made about the Sri Lanka batting line-up.


Sangakkara was quoted in media as to have suggested Dinesh Chandimal should bat at number three and Lahiru Thirimanne should bat at numbers six. Jayawardene had lobbied in his media interviews to open the innings.


“The only thing I haven’t done is gone down on my knees to the selectors and asked for me to be allowed to open. I have felt that’s the position I should bat leading up to this World Cup. The selectors obviously have a different theory. Because the middle order isn’t experienced, they wanted me to be there. But every time I have opened the batting, I have played my best cricket, been consistent and controlled the game. So we’ll see. We still have three to four months before the World Cup.” Jayawardene had told Cricinfo.


Jayasuriya rejected Jayawardene has requested the selectors to open the innings, but admitted that he flew out to India on Friday night to have a discussion with the players and all these possible plans were discussed at length in the strategy meetings they had.


“I flew out on Friday night to talk to the boys as our performance has obviously been a notch below their potential. I had a meeting with Captain Angelo Mathews, Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Coach Marvan Atapattu. There at that meeting, we discussed a few plans and setting the batting order was one of them. We all put our ideas in, and it all were discussed” Jayasuriya said.


“But none of them were final decisions. Only I was there and I am just one selector. I could not make a commitment without consulting other selectors. I came back to Colombo on Saturday evening, but was thoroughly disappointed to read all about what we discussed in the papers” he added.


Jayasuriya also revealed that Sangakkara did not make any objection or showed any disappointment when the decision to rest the former captain for the last two ODIs was communicated.


“I had a one to one chat with Sanga and he did not protest the decision at all. Selectors had already decided when they named the squad for the India tour to rest Sanga and Dhammika (Prasad) for the last two ODIs. Sanga keeps wickets and then needs to bat long. It is a tall order and with so many fixtures against England and New Zealand coming up, we need to manage the seniors carefully. It was a case of preserving him for the long schedule ahead rather than looking for a win at all expense” explained Jayasuriya adding that the particular decision had been clearly entered in the national selectors’ selction log book when the squad had been picked. He said it was not a sudden decision in the middle of the series.
“The players can suggest plans at discussions, but the implementation of those plans will be handled by the selectors. Discussing plans with media is not the ideal way to face the challenges” said Jayasuriya. (Channaka de Silva)

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  • Dishum Thursday, 13 November 2014 07:41 PM

    Aney Sanna Boy, it seems that it is YOU that is spilling the BEANS! All Mahiya said was "I have only not gone on knees to ask to open" and Sanga said that Chandimal could be tried in the

    De Silva Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:52 PM

    Looking at the comments already published it is fair to say that SL has 99% blind followers. What the seniors did was wrong in divulging details. Also who is Sangakkara to give his views on where Chadimal has to bat???? 1% of us know he thinks he is GOD. Also if he knew he was coming back after 3 matches, why air his dissapointment on return. He is known among 1% of us (not the balance 99%) as a hypocrit who blabbers but actually does not walk his talk. I have to Sanath is dead right in what he says. Give me a thumbs down on this. I only need 1% thumbs up from the people who really see the bluff of the so called seniors.

    Jagath Friday, 14 November 2014 01:35 PM

    Who would listen to this politically connected Casanova, who would cow to political pressure, the guy is better off managing his harem, which he has now got very famous, for and not his cricket.

    Sumerian Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:02 PM

    SL team is playing like a school team becauseof like these political administrators. Sanath , you might forget your last part of playing days, but not the SL fans. Please , do not do your dirty politics in cricket.

    wijebahu Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:14 AM

    Who will listen to this money minded highly political Casanova.

    Ben Fernando Friday, 14 November 2014 02:25 PM

    Sanath is a politician , and by default SHOULD Not be a selector. In my part of the World ( Australia ) we call it Conflict of Interest , I may remind this to Hon Sanath Jayasuriya IF I come across him for sure . Good Luck To Sanga and Mahela, and the REST .

    The God Father Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:45 AM

    this guy is a Moron

    T Wickramaratna Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:32 PM

    Can De Silva understand what he has written ?

    chandrasoma Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:49 AM

    How about Jayasooriya opening ?

    ANTON Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:53 AM


    podda Friday, 14 November 2014 01:12 AM

    Sanga and Mahela didnt complain in past. They did their best in silence. And Mr. De Silva sanga has every right to boast because hes not just an empty vessel like many others in country today. The brewing unrest in SLC should come out in some way. if politicos and money minder keep out of SLC well have a future otherwise itll also end up as another ass-charya......... via DM Android App

    Nihal Friday, 14 November 2014 03:10 PM

    It seems you have an axe to grind with Sanga, or am I wrong? To call him such terrible names and aim such slander at him is unbecoming and even the 1% (if there is sucha group) would decry your comments as utterly uncalled for. Sanga has never been a hypocrite and he has never "babbled". Whenever he has spoken it has been to the point and has been applauded by all and sundry for his comprehensive knowledge of the subject. It seems like you resent his gentlemanly ways and his ability to be so open and articulate. This is very sad De Silva!

    Yakko Silva Friday, 14 November 2014 01:37 AM

    Silva is right. These seniors think that they are GOD....oh my DOG!!!!

    sana the modaya Friday, 14 November 2014 01:56 AM

    What a story to cover up d trashing,,,,,, trying to create a storm in a tea cup.

    J Friday, 14 November 2014 03:27 PM

    Sanga came to SL as "Common Candidate" and he will soon announce that he is ready to be the Common Candidate and you know what SL is going to have a well educated President after all :-)

    Crickter Friday, 14 November 2014 02:43 AM

    We should send this guy home 1st before President election.

    indika Friday, 14 November 2014 03:34 AM


    sudarma Karunaratne Friday, 14 November 2014 04:43 AM

    Like all other Organizations under the Govt this Cricket Board is also in a MESS. When political appointees are selected this is the outcome. No sport have achieved any progress under this Minister. It is the sheer dedication of the players and the performances that we have come to this level. Now Selectors are trying to get the creditIt is said to not the deterioration of Cricket in Sri Lanka

    Christo Friday, 14 November 2014 04:49 AM

    I think De Silva belongs to the 1% of idiots in this country.

    Menu Friday, 14 November 2014 05:09 AM

    Looks like SL will not go past the quarter finals at the World Cup judging by what is happening in India presently. Bankrupt administration of the Board.

    lanka cric Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:52 PM

    this guy is a money greedy criceter

    Regi Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:54 PM

    Sanath has lost his popularity and credibility by coming into politics and due tohispersonallife style.

    Mahit Friday, 14 November 2014 07:15 AM

    The Sri Lankan team should not have gone on this tour, as they were still under training, they under took this tour just to please the Indian Cricket Board, the SLC managemnet has to take the blame,

    Lakmal Friday, 14 November 2014 07:16 AM

    De Silva, Do you understand what you have written

    Sana min Friday, 14 November 2014 07:34 AM

    Politics in cricket, politics in the judiciary, politics in the family, politics every where!

    kithudugama Thursday, 13 November 2014 02:35 PM

    He is a two bit politician with below average intelligence. Yes we are going backward A MORON

    DN Friday, 14 November 2014 08:29 AM

    How can you justify your act of blaming players and disturb their mindsets in a open press conference , while a match is on. See the results of your act..........

    nalin Friday, 14 November 2014 08:41 AM

    Mr. Jayasuriya, you are going to keep out two cricketing geniuses from the meeting where strategy is discussed?Seems like you have taken a leaf out of your political boss

    AJJAA Friday, 14 November 2014 09:13 AM

    It is high time that we infuse young blood to SL Cricket team.Specially to the coming World Cup.We lost 3-4 WC finals with those seniors including big talker Malinga.so field a young team as we have nothing to lose.otherwise we will lose young talent and they will fade away with frustration.Best example is India.

    Azee Thursday, 13 November 2014 03:14 PM

    Coming colours no good for cricket in SL. via DM Android App

    puswedilla Friday, 14 November 2014 10:00 AM

    aiyooo sana no one likes you anymore why dont you just go away... via DM Android App

    Banda hemachandra Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:08 PM

    Boss, If you can do it. Remember it is the end of your Cricketing carrier and all sort of benefits.

    acord Friday, 14 November 2014 11:14 AM

    Desilva may be a watchman in sanas home

    Proteas Thursday, 13 November 2014 04:55 PM

    Anger will not resolve the issue.

    Cric Lover Thursday, 13 November 2014 05:32 PM

    useless guy and dancing according to BCCI requirement.

    Cobra Thursday, 13 November 2014 05:51 PM

    Sanna boy seems to have forgotten his past!

    Anthony Fernando Friday, 14 November 2014 12:09 PM

    Like in all affairs of the country, sports and cricket in particular has been plagued by politics and dirty politics at that.

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