SLC regrets Mahela’s claims

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today expressed its regret over claims made against the Secretary and CEO of the SLC by National Cricketer Mahela Jayawardena and stated that ‘such statements as damaging to both the image of the institution and the officials concerned.’

“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,” the SLC said issuing a statement.

Jayawardene yesterday expressed his disappointment at Sri Lanka Cricket officials on how they handled the controversy surrounding his and Kumar Sangakkara’s T20 international retirements, saying that they had acted irresponsibly in speaking to the media without first clarifying the news with them.

The full statement issued by the SLC

Allegations leveled against the Hony. Secretary and CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket by National Cricketer – Mahela Jayawardena
 
At the Press Conference held on April 09, 2014, at the Bandaranaike International Airport to celebrate the National team’s victory during the ICC World T20 2014 Championship, National Cricketer Mahela Jayawardena stated that the Hony. Secretary and CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket had directly engaged with the media through their own channels criticizing Mr. Jayawardena’s supposed decision to retire from the Twenty/20 format of the game.

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.

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.

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.

Sri Lanka Cricket will make no further releases on this subject matter and shall treat this matter as closed.

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  • T Wickramaratna Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:56 AM

    Damage is done. so the board can treat the as closed

    willows Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:03 AM

    yes better to close this now as you are at fault SLC

    Saman Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:13 AM

    Cheap publicity stunt by Mahela

    Chintha Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:13 AM

    Dear SLC, we can understand your honesty!

    CP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:14 AM

    Truth may be bitter!!!

    old citizen Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:14 AM

    This is like the story which came out first ,chiken or egg.

    CP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:15 AM

    Bitter truth

    aja Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:15 AM

    you SLC jokers

    rushy46 Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:15 AM

    Yes. Treat the matter as closed and plan to take revenge on these two, you pathetic worms in the SLC.

    Fahim Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:17 AM

    No point closing the Stable doors after the horses have bolted!

    Dudley Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:17 AM

    SLC is the biggest institution that has damaged the morale and confidence of our cricketers,, and most corrupt institution,,,

    Clement Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:20 AM

    SLC Secretary's attitude towards national players is detrimental.. This is not the first time it happened. Always truth prevails.

    antonsunil Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:21 AM

    sometimes the media over steps and create unnecessary controversial

    jayantha Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:51 AM

    We have seen the past issues and the way SLC behaved.So no need any explanations. People know the truth.

    Manisha Thursday, 10 April 2014 04:26 AM

    What SLC doesn't understand is that they don't have any image to get damaged...

    don charles Thursday, 10 April 2014 04:36 AM

    Honorary secretary? More like DISHONEST secretary.

    mack Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:46 AM

    the board and the government are not big fans of mahela and sanga coz they're not bootlickers like some former players via DM Android App

    Razwin Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:52 PM

    SLC you all are political appointee.. So don't blame our lions. The DailyMirror only publishing such a true story. ThanksDM

    batman Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:32 AM

    Secretary and CEO of SLC - If you have an image then JUST resign from your position. Players win a match and its the officials who enjoy it.

    SAM_SPARROW Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:52 AM

    Keep you mouth shut SLC. Enough is enough. Not even apologizing.

    Saratjsk Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:07 AM

    SLC officials are pests. Thanks to mational cricketers they have something to eat. It seems now they want to eat cricketers too via DM Android App

    lolsena Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:50 AM

    Thank you , for giving a new presidential candidate :P

    Ravi Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:55 AM

    SLC official are the worst culprits who ruin Sri Lanka Cricket.

    James Bond Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:39 AM

    Come on SLC. Don't make a fuss when the team has returned with glory to the country. You have your jobs, perks and even the pants you wear thanks to them.

    Ranger thomas Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:57 AM

    Well said, 007.


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