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Sri Lanka cricket team captain Mahela Jayawardene said yesterday that he has lost confidence in Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after a confidential document handed over to SLC had been published in the Daily Mirror.

Jayawardene who is currently touring Australia with the national team said this in an email sent to Daily Mirror through the Sri Lanka team manager Charith Senanayaka.

Following is the full text of Jayawardene’s letter:

As the Captain of the National Team, I am disturbed and deeply disappointed that a confidential document handed over to Sri Lanka Cricket has been published in the Daily Mirror on December 19 causing much concern, embarrassment to players and other staff members.

Hence, on behalf of the National Cricket team, I wish to clarify the position with regard to the article concerning guarantee fee payments.

Contrary to what the article states, the decision to share the guarantee fees with the team Management (Not with any favorite individuals and most of them are past SL cricketers) and support staff who worked closely and tirelessly with the team was done collectively by the entire team. This however is not a new practice as the guarantee fees were shared with the Management and support staff since the 2007 World Cup.

The decision to share the fees with the Management, Baggage boys and especially this time with the ground staff and curators was mainly in appreciation for their efforts and services.

The guarantee fee is a payment made by ICC to Sri Lanka Cricket. 25% of that is paid to the players and it is players’ prerogative how they wish to share the fees paid to them.

I am also disappointed that the article was published in the papers without verifying the contents and the Treasurer of SLC too making comments.

As a result of what has transpired, I have lost all confidence in dealing with SLC in the future.

My sincere apologies to all my team members and other coaching and Management staff for the inconvenience and embarrassment caused.

Sports Editor’s note:

We have not mentioned anything in our article to present a contrary view to the fact that the decision to share guarantee money was a collective decision of the team members. We have even described it in our article as a “commendable” act. We verified facts with SLC Treasurer but did not try to contact Jayawardene as he is currently in Australia. Though Jayawardene has mentioned about a failure to verify contents, he has not pointed out any wrong facts in the article. We regret any disturbance or embarrassment cause to national cricketers and offer an apology as it was not our intention.

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Tharaka Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
no. daily mirror should have consulted at least the team manager b4 publishing bcos u have mentioned names and amounts in ur article! via DM Android App
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Rubert Vanderkoon Saturday, 22 December 2012 14:47
DM is a newspaper,they published what the SLC said very accurately. They could have contacted Mahela as a goodwill gesture but publishing without doctoring news is what a decent, independent newspaper should do, which DM champions in. Well done and wish DM an even successful newyear!
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naushad Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
Pisso tikka inne bord eke asia we achriya ???? via DM iPad app
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naushad Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
Pisso tikka inne bord eke asia we achriya ???? via DM iPad app
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Abdul Gaffoor Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
Mahela. We are with you... Always.. via DM Android App
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Suranga Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
Why publish a "Confidential" article in the first place? Be it a commendable act or not, if it was for certain eyes only why go publish this in a news paper? Ridiculous! Then maintain the same sense of unlimited disclosure and reveal all the "Confidential" matters/letters we are sure you as journalists come across regarding politicians, irrespective of their party, that affect the rest of this country as a whole! via DM iPad app
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prem Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
We have lost the confidence about the cricket board and players long time ago.
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Goraa Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
Why these things are hiding from the public? Not only cricketers, all the politicians, so called NGO activits, other highly paid individuals and businessmen have to disclose their income and benifits. Everything is to be accountable with the general public. That is the transparency means..... via DM Android App
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P Soysa Friday, 21 December 2012 03:17
We all have Mahela
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Fayad Friday, 21 December 2012 05:00
General public lost confidence on SLC longtime back
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lal Friday, 21 December 2012 09:58
I agree with you Sir.All nation lost the confidence with S/L c/board long time back.This bord and previous enjoyed and enjoing and having lavish life with this board money.When asked to distribut to the others they are jelous.
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Juba ! Friday, 21 December 2012 07:37
In Fact, we lost faith on SLC long time ago. The current minister only added fuel to the existing flame !
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neil john Friday, 21 December 2012 03:28
we have lost confidence not only in SLC, in Cricket team as well. See how many are interested in SL Cricket nowadays.
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PoliticallyIncorrect Friday, 21 December 2012 03:29
We should be glad the team even made the finals of the last Wordl 20-20.
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#BUSHAYYA# Friday, 21 December 2012 03:35
well done DM for revealing the truth. Let them loose the other test match also
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ANTON Friday, 21 December 2012 04:23
This is the secret behind loosing cricket matches.
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Sanjay Fernando Friday, 21 December 2012 11:02
and what was the truth?? that the sl cricketers had more heart and soul than their counterparts or politicians or the people running the cricket board?????
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Dammika Friday, 21 December 2012 04:27
Don't behave like a MODAYA
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dhak Friday, 21 December 2012 08:51
alright mate calm down
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Coconut Donkey Friday, 21 December 2012 03:36
SLC tried to gain some cheap publicity and much needed legitimacy but it seems to have back fired. A vast majority of officials at SLC are just incompetent political appointees as is the story from the the Central Bank to the Grama Niladharis'
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Gihan Friday, 21 December 2012 03:41
Yes we all support for your cause , Do Not Regret.. Not only a professional sportsman like you even a common man can not keep confidence on these politically driven institutes.

I appreciate if the Sports Editors note published separately. Then It will give much gravity with a sense of a reply, further it will helps to keep their focus on the ground rather than these filthy stuff.
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Dananjaya Friday, 21 December 2012 07:49
well said
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Dera Friday, 21 December 2012 03:41
Mahela was a cricketer who never criticized the SLC, the selection committee and all the cricket authorities. For him to come outspoken in this sense, there must have been a huge issue from the SLC's side...
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Flavius Marcianus Friday, 21 December 2012 03:41
We lost confidence a few years back!
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MWTA Friday, 21 December 2012 03:46
We also lost confidence over you when you indirectly created divisional rivalry when Vaas was appointed as the Vice Captain long ago to remove him. Also when Marvan Attapattu was not given a single chance in 2007 WC when Upul Tharanga was dramatically failing. Also put IPL before national duty.

Integrity matters a lot. That way Sanga is much better.
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kolla Friday, 21 December 2012 03:48
We have lost confidence in SLC longg time back Mahela. Now it is a joint where henchmen of politicians play football. We salute you players of your patience as Sri lankans.
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Danushan Friday, 21 December 2012 04:01
Right due to this ridiculous act from the already annoying and foolishly run SLC I'm sure we are set to lose some of our best players. The way I see it we are not far from being the next New zealand or even close to Bangladesh. God save the Sri Lankan cricket team.
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Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 21 December 2012 04:07
Of course, we have all lost confidence on this thoroughly politicised and corrupt cricket administration a long time ago. So, it is not surprising that the Captain had to come out with this statement. How could any one expect the national team to play cricket, when all that the SLSC is doing is playing "pandu" with the money.
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paksha Friday, 21 December 2012 04:12
wedo not have any confidentiality in bank account how do you expect it in a letter
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Ranil Friday, 21 December 2012 04:12
I hope mahela & co. Will get the support of the sports loving people of the country and more importantly, big mouthed sports minister will take action to sack the responsible people at slc. Why not impeach the entire board?
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Rosh Friday, 21 December 2012 04:16
Everybody has lost confidence towards SLC cricket, and its a known fact Mahela. But we haven't lost the confidence towards you and the team. We love the cricketers - not the damn board. remember that....
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ground boy Friday, 21 December 2012 04:17
Filthy officials backed by politicians and 3rd grade goon journalists want to save their positions and share filthy spoil. They cannot understand what you mean or value of sharing as they are there to grab the whole thing regardless of what happens to the game,financial stability or the good name of the SLC or country.
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charly chaplin Friday, 21 December 2012 04:23
shame mahela, you wanted to play only IPL always ,that is why you have started all these ,,your 1 st step was leaving captaincy and 2nd blaming SLC ,3 leaving SLC,
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jude Friday, 21 December 2012 04:24
Mahela i dont blame you for the messy situation. However sl media like a prostitute
. Same goes to slc. NO offence to prostitutes.
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Shashika Friday, 21 December 2012 04:27
Don't worry Mahela & team... We never had any confidence about SLC... that is only you & our team we believe in... you guys made our nation proud & we never ever forget it.... We are really proud of our team as they have been steady past eight-ten years even they hv not been paid by SLC... Nowdays SLC is only a barking dog...
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R.Sunthar Friday, 21 December 2012 04:32
Is it still Kings' sport with fixing etc etc etc.
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Chinthaka de Hoot Friday, 21 December 2012 04:41
Please do publish this.
It was poor and unethical journalism on the part of Daily Mirror to publish such material when the Sri Lankan team is on a tough tour. As you can see, this has disturbed Mahela and his team.
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mewan Friday, 21 December 2012 09:56
Can't agree with you more Chinthaka.
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Pasan kumarasinghe Friday, 21 December 2012 04:53
I can see why he is upset, I would be too if I found out that a confidential letter such as this had been leaked, I am assuming that mahela had not told ranjith that the baggage boy was about to get twice as much as he was in fees? :-) but all in all I think it was a very commendable gesture by our boys regardless of the outcome, no wonder the board didn't approve it! Because you can't have P.D Nimal earning twice as much as ranjith Fernando, heck maybe Nimal carried one of ranjiths bags too?

@maheela : fail the next test man it doesn't matter. You have accomplished more than what I would have if I was in your postion! And doesn't matter what anyone says, atleast your out there wearing the national colors and walking the walk!
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Maheshwaran Appu Friday, 21 December 2012 04:56
We lost confidence towards, not only Sri Lanka Cricket ................
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Lal.Fernando. Friday, 21 December 2012 04:59
At least the capton is honest and straight forward.There are few and far between people like that in Sri Lanka , in any organisation.
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pol haraka Friday, 21 December 2012 05:00
sometime the news papers are more interested in bringing down good people than the bad people.. media please learn that sometimes its better to keep your eyes closed and to embarrass good people cause when you hurt them, the loss is far greater.. but what the media does is, throw and kill a good fellow while praising and raising thug.. shame on you media

now we will see if this published
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DH Friday, 21 December 2012 09:16
This was not a confindential document. It was a general email request by MJ to SLC and Mirror has every right to publish it. It is illegal and unfair for SLC to distribute the gurantee fee for select few. The simple fact here is that players just tried to distribute the money otherwise had to be paid in taxes. If they were genuine in their intentions then they could have quietly distributed the money as they please and to who ever they want. This is what IPL has done to the best player of our generation.
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Sumi Friday, 21 December 2012 11:33
This was not an public letter either.
Try publishing internal letters between ministers regarding MONEY matters and even emails between politicians and media persons ...
Naah ... That would not make a popular story...
A Great Story it may be but hurting feelings of players who were feeling for some people who helped them a lot who were less rewarded and it came middle of important AUS tour .
No more important Test matches for an year ..
Sad..
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PoliticallyIncorrect Friday, 21 December 2012 05:10
SLC isnt competent enough to even run a canteen.
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cj Friday, 21 December 2012 05:12
now a days you don't find better professionals in SLC, all are uneducated barbarians, cricket board's main task is to facilitate cricket around the country and facilitate national cricket players to play their best games for country, but now cricket board doing which they should not do...... i don't know on which criteria they got selected to run the board, i urge public to stand against to this and kick this people out.
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Anonymous Friday, 21 December 2012 05:28
u bloody buggers of daily mirror
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galapitamada Friday, 21 December 2012 05:29
SIncererly Mahela Please remember r u not an administrator . Uu players can only suggest strongly but cannot command to SLC Admin .What SLC treasurer Mr MOhammed has doine is absoultely with the SLC Policy revealing to the exco and the exco in turn reveals to the press.Please concentrate with the job on hand or else take up an administrative role .
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Dylan Friday, 21 December 2012 05:34
This kind gesture of the Srilankan captain and the team members must be appreciated and not found fault with.
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MEP Friday, 21 December 2012 05:40
Mahela

You're the man.
You have made us realize that in cricket, there is more than just the playing 11 that brings about success. Your generous thought of appreciating these people who work hard behind the scenes, is something many of our cricket fans might have not known about.
Sadly the actions of our cricket board, the mismanagement of funds and finances... It has come to this.
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Minister Friday, 21 December 2012 05:46
There is no one to be trusted today in our country Mahela!
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Mervin Aiyya Friday, 21 December 2012 05:51
Dear Mr. Mahela, this is typical SRI LANKA. Don't forget it.
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pkasha Friday, 21 December 2012 06:07
he wants to do a peterson to SLC. his priority is IPL
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mudiyansemama Friday, 21 December 2012 06:14
Mahela's concern is how this confidential document came to a third party's hands.
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Prem Friday, 21 December 2012 06:23
yes his time is over, he enjoyed all benefits and when you are to go his comments are this. This is as usual
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Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 21 December 2012 06:29
We lose confidence not only on SLC.
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D.P.Liyanage Friday, 21 December 2012 06:29
Mahela, You lost your faith on SLC today. But we lost faith on SLC long ago. Mahela you are a great Gentleman everybody knows that. I always beleive you.
I fully agreed with Dera.
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Truth Friday, 21 December 2012 06:32
It is a very good cause Mahela but raising an issue while in an important tour is not a good decision. We are loosing mathes either by few runs or few minutes. Pls concentrate on your batting and team and lets win the remaining matches. You and your team can do it cause we have world class players. Good Luck.
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willows Friday, 21 December 2012 06:34
Mahela you are truly a gent, keep up the good work putha.
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Palaguna Friday, 21 December 2012 06:39
Muchang Mahela are all you guys paying Income tax on these payments, tidy sums of money and it should be taxed. Income
tax department please take note and check their declarations.
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Mahela Friday, 21 December 2012 08:16
Are you not aware that, the cricketers' income are exempt from tax.
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sara Friday, 21 December 2012 06:41
Next to be impeached, Mahela ?
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mohamed asfar Friday, 21 December 2012 06:45
mahela. this is sri lanka. take it easy.
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sobana Friday, 21 December 2012 06:58
We also dont have any confidence in you and your players. You are bunch of big time chokers.
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Ralph Anthony Kern Friday, 21 December 2012 07:02
You are a Gentleman Cricketer, be where of these unscrupulous elements, they will try to corner you, in order to cover up the malicious activities carried out by them.
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Jay Friday, 21 December 2012 07:04
Totally with Mahela. Cricket is known as the Gentleman's Game and SLC should also have gentlemen to manage this not government henchmen who are all out to make the most for themselves. Almost everything in our country is in a mess and now Sports as well. Miracle of Asia...no way!
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SudhuPancha Friday, 21 December 2012 07:19
Apoi, now only.............
we lost confidence many moons ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dananjaya Friday, 21 December 2012 07:43
SLC is a all corrupted and now they try to hide their bad work behind players. Shame of you administratives. We are with u Mahela. We know you dont do anything to harm sl cricket but to ragain itz lost pride.
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Dr. Wedage Friday, 21 December 2012 07:58
Yes, SLC is the root cause for the down fall of Sri Lankan cricket. They have not been able to develop enough talent/gems to maintain the high standards, set before. Now, we are short of quality bowlers, it's the responsibility of SLC. New stadiums, money in their pocket, fighting each other and mis-management will NOT help to improve cricket in Sri Lanka.
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Sapumal Bandara Friday, 21 December 2012 08:02
Why is it that the Bribery Commission is silent on what SLC is doing with public money? This is a pathetic situation.
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ruwan Friday, 21 December 2012 08:09
They are busy investigating the Chief Justice
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meenavan Friday, 21 December 2012 08:30
what is next graceful retirement...?
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charly chaplin Friday, 21 December 2012 14:43
and play full-time IPL or do some politics ,etc....and go nowhere
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Kondebandapucheena Friday, 21 December 2012 08:35
Be Prepare for many more incidents like this in near Future,Please guys Let Bat and Ball talk to these Morons,Show your colors with Performance .We Sri Lankans love you all
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wimasuma Friday, 21 December 2012 08:40
Why it should be confidential if its the practice since 2007? I hv no faith on cricketers too...
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Sonna Boy Friday, 21 December 2012 08:42
Mahela has spoken on behalf of the entire country, and it extends beyond the SLC to the executive and the legislature
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sobers Friday, 21 December 2012 09:06
Nothing wrong in your recommendations. At times certain staff are rewarded for their efforts, like sales personnel etc.. these are privileges for certain positions. Former Minister of sports clearly stated SLC as a corrupt unit. He was 100% correct. But in SriLanka only stooges,thieves,criminals are given positions and prominence that's why so many quality srilankan's migrate.
Follow sanga. No one can match his personality.
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Dhammika Friday, 21 December 2012 09:23
#data man
Very dark days right now for Sri Lankan cricket but for ALL SRILANKANS except the RAJAPAKSES .
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#data man Friday, 21 December 2012 09:24
Very dark days right now for Sri Lankan cricket.
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Shayan Junaid Friday, 21 December 2012 09:36
Mahela is a great cricker and has always been a gentlmen, I have faith in him that he never compromised a match for Money!!
He is truly hurt... we all know who is in the cricket board of SL, they are sharks trying to pray on innocence!!!

Glad mahela is speaking out, Just like Sanga did!!! one day it will be the right move, he made when all are disgusted of the game!!!! win or loose is irrespective... what we need is top leaders in the correct positions...
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Bawa Friday, 21 December 2012 09:44
so so we will see soon a procession by all cricket support staff, organized by ........... guess
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Engine Drver Friday, 21 December 2012 09:47
Everything should be transpent at SLC. What are you talking about ?
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Bagalawathie Friday, 21 December 2012 10:36
Miracle of Asia, Mahela. The fat cats of the SLC should have known better to keep confidential correspondence as confidential. I think they had an ulterior motive in releasing this information, but looks like it has backfired on SLC. I thinl these SLC members are jealous with the present young cricketers because they are making 100 times more money
than those at the SLC.
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Ranjitdea Friday, 21 December 2012 10:43
Sports editor's comments very much appreciated. Who Ever you are, you are a True gentleman
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ranjan7 Friday, 21 December 2012 11:01
Mahela, i have emailed u separately.I lost confidence in SLC a few months before WC 2011. I have wasted many an hour criticising the misdoings of SLC and lately spnd less time on our cricket as i see the writing is on the wall for our Cricket.
Channaka Silva of DM shud be admired along with SR Pathiravitahna, Hilal,,Saadi and Rex Clementine for spotlighting SLC misdoings. If the leading players join the media and expose SLC, then only will Cricket survive.
Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney
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appuhamy Friday, 21 December 2012 11:33
In one hand I agree with Mahela and would like to add SLC is not professionally conducted.

I must also says, apart from SLC we are dissappointe with the SL cricket team, most recently we lost a test match, which we should have saved and not to forget 4 world cup final losses. Can we have confidence on the team? please explain?
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gayan Saturday, 22 December 2012 03:38
What you lost your confidence now??? Well to be honest i lost my confidence SLC long time back!!!!
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Justice Saturday, 22 December 2012 04:26
You must be careful before you publish items in your news paper as a responsible News publisher.
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Ajith Saturday, 22 December 2012 05:02
If Mahela is so concern he and the rest of the team members along with coach and support staff can pool for his favorites.
Not a big deal.That is called the Team Spirit!!!!!.
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Pinto Saturday, 22 December 2012 16:02
In fact I completely lost faith in SLCB, SL Political System and Politicians long ago but not with the our Cricketers and our Motherland!!!!!!!!!
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