Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara has joined Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and Roshan Mahanama in rejecting an invitation to advise Sri Lanka Cricket as consultant.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Faiszer Mushtapha, Sangakkara highlighted the need to change the SLC constitution and Sports law to find a long lasting solution.
Full Text of his letter:
“I am respectfully declining the same in light of my past experiences serving on a similar committee under the invitation of the former Minister of Sports. I spent over 6 months on that particular advisory committee and found it to be an abject waste of time as none of our recommendations were implemented or heeded,
Although it may seem unfair to judge your invitation to be of a similar vein and intent to the one mentioned above, please excuse me if I view it with a sense of scepticism. I firmly believe that what is needed for SLC is not temporary band-aids and short term quick fixes, but lasting and permanent change”.
There are many cricketers and administrators with genuine intentions that will not come forward with their time, efforts and ideas as time and time again they feel they have been taken advantage of and used as pawns to buy time for political manoeuvring.
If you, Sir, are able to establish genuine bona fides and harness the support and commitment of H. E. The President of Sri Lanka, the Hon. Prime Minister and all other relevant public officials to make the required revisions, changes and amendments to the constitution of SLC and to the Sports Law, I am sure that you will receive the full co-operation of myself, the larger cricketing fraternity, and the public.
I would like to once again thank you, Sir, for your thoughts and this invitation and I wish you all success.
Earlier Jayawardene, Muralitharan and Mahanama expressed similar sentiments and refused to work. Aravinda de Silva is yet to accept or refuse the offer.
rohith Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:46
Better u appear on ads ,..than serve ur country...,,that way can make more money than trying to give back to ur country ,,it is due to ur country u are what u are today ,,due to the opportunity ur country gave u,,,anyway what duty,,u even gave up playing for ur country when u could have become second highest test run scorer in history if u played for another two years,,but u wanted to make money from other private tournaments,,when u still could,,the old saying,, country first does not stand anymore,,its money first,,,for those who dont have a sense of duty,,lame excuses wont whitewash u,,,
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Harrry Sunday, 17 June 2018 01:14
Rohith - These world renowned gentlemen cricketers toil hard to get to that position don't ever compare them with dirty politicians who are the vultures
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Ranil Perera Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:12
Well Said Sanga. Well done.You great cricketers thinking alike is really superb. The politicians and the presidents of the previous committees, just wanted power and benefits. Well done for not getting caught.
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asela Saturday, 16 June 2018 16:29
World class sportsmen in the calibre of Mahela and Sanga will never ever commit suicide with the politics
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Yeti Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:13
SLC is beyond redemption and these guys won't jeopardize their reputation by trying to resurrect it but then again they did represent IPL with all its sleaze and skulduggery with bookies having a field day, didn't they?
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