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While claiming that the 2015 ICC World Cup would be his last international tournament, star cricketer Mahela Jayawardane, who retired from the international Test Cricket, has ruled out entering politics and being a cricket coach.

“I will have to go out from house if I take that decision (Entering politics)," Jayawardane said addressing the Sri Lanka and Pakistan post match press conference at the SSC in Colombo.

He also ruled out being a coach. “You need lot of patience to be a coach, I don't think I have that,” he said.

Earlier, speaking at the presentation ceremony soon after the match Mahela said, “The 2015 Cricket World Cup would be my last international tournament,”

"I love you all. Thank you so much for your support all these years. I still have a little bit of cricket left in me and I promise I'll give it my all for the World Cup,” Mahela said. "I don't know what to say, but I promise I won't cry. My thanks also go out to my teammates. It's been great to play for Sri Lanka for so many years. I have always worn this cap with pride and passion.

Jayawardene ended his test carrier scoring 11,814 runs with 34 centuries in 149 Tests.

  Comments - 20

  • Rohan Campaign Monday, 18 August 2014 10:58 AM

    House before Sri Lanka when motherland lanka is suffering internationally due to half born Sri Lankans: No sacrifice for Mum Sri Lanka and Non gain thyself please

    chandra Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:32 AM

    Gentleman Need we say more

    akinahd Monday, 18 August 2014 02:52 PM

    as a player, he is seeing the SLC interference to coaching..that is why he is saying a big NO to coaching.

    perera Monday, 18 August 2014 02:34 PM

    good on you my boy. dont go down that slippery garbage strewn path. see what has happened to one of your comrades in cricket when he did politics.
    as that famous the recently deceased ROBIN WILLIAMS described politics as
    tics=blood sucking creatures.
    we know you are not a blood sucker.
    you got quality grey matter in that head of yours to even contemplate politics especially in the miracle of asia.

    lakdasa kaviratne Monday, 18 August 2014 01:50 PM

    THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CRICKET FOR US. Please do not make any final comment because the nature changes moment to moment. so, would you. best of luck.

    Manel Monday, 18 August 2014 12:49 PM

    Mahela comes from a great school and he would never insult his school by going to politics. Some people in politics today were thrown out from Nalanda Viyalaya.

    Cover Point Monday, 18 August 2014 12:36 PM

    People like Mahela come once in a lifetime. His humility and humbleness as a cricketing icon speaks volumes of his character. A lot of the credit should be given to his parents who perhaps have played the longer innings by moulding a fine ambassador for Sri Lanka.

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 18 August 2014 11:48 AM

    “I will have to go out from house if I take that decision (Entering politics)" that was your golden words. Yes, people who have done that (politics), has gone out of there house. Even, they dont have a family life. We know you are family man and how much you love your wife and your daughter apart from your parents. We love you Mahela. Keep it up and continue all your good work.

    T Wickramaratna Monday, 18 August 2014 11:43 AM

    You are correct Mahela. No politics. NO coaching.

    chams Monday, 18 August 2014 11:31 AM

    It would be too difficult for you to become a commentator or ICC match Referee in your retirement.

    But I would love to see you playing one county season before you really hang your boots.

    lkboy Monday, 18 August 2014 08:56 AM

    Pls contest SLC elections after full-retirement.

    Mottayah Monday, 18 August 2014 10:56 AM

    Dear Mahela..Please consider to assist cricket as a whole for Sri lanka.
    We all can do with people like you -with your good moral values and experience.

    Afi Monday, 18 August 2014 10:32 AM

    No point .. Cos end of the it's Mahinda's call

    KID fayaZ Monday, 18 August 2014 03:26 PM

    U r the legend of cricket.. Respect

    Roshan Monday, 18 August 2014 09:55 AM

    Yes, good decision , but you will be forced to support certain political party and at last you have to enter politics.

    sobers Monday, 18 August 2014 09:46 AM

    Srilanka should make use of his credentials. Honest, straight talking and a true professional. Gentleman cricketer. Srilanka would loose immensely, if his talents and experience are not made use of. President MR,should make use of his capabilities. let the stooges from the SLC board resign and give place for quality personalities. Good luck Mahela. A game well played as the saying goes " Cricket is a gentleman's game".

    semage Monday, 18 August 2014 09:46 AM

    You are the LAST Link to the legendary Rnatunag's team. You are the LAST LINK to the great era of Nalanda Cricket. And you are the last link to the test playing schoolmates of mine.

    Ammaa Monday, 18 August 2014 09:15 AM

    Do the best, Politics ok if you can work with JVP, the party no corruption no injustice, work for the good people, think of JVP please you also can help good people

    Anthony Monday, 18 August 2014 09:07 AM


    You are great and will be always spoken of, I do agree with you no politics and no Coaching, but you should be in the advisory panel with your knowledge which will be an assert to young cricketers.

    pradeep Monday, 18 August 2014 08:58 AM

    Wish you all the best for the rest of your life & proud be a Nalandian

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