Sri Lanka news March 5, 2013

Malinga to face SLC inquiry


Lasith Malinga will be the subject of a behavioural inquiry after he exchanged unfriendly words with media waiting outside Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters in Colombo during the recent contracts crisis. Television journalists approached Malinga for comment on the contracts dispute twice, but Malinga rebuffed them gruffly on both occasions. The incidents were filmed by a news crew, and broadcast on national television.

"The executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has directed the chief executive officer of SLC, Mr. Ajit Jayasekara, to conduct an Inquiry into the two incidents pertaining to Mr. Lasith Malinga and the media personnel, that took place outside SLC headquarters," an official release said on Tuesday. "The CEO has been requested to forward a report on the same to the executive committee."

The first incident occurred on Sunday evening, after the players had met chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya and agreed to sign the contracts. Media rushed towards Malinga as he exited the SLC premises and repeatedly asked him in Sinhala if he had signed the contract. While walking to his parked car, Malinga replied, "What contract? There was a party here and I came for the function. Ask the people who came here for the contract."

Malinga was more visibly irritated the following morning, when he was approached by media upon arrival at SLC offices, presumably on his way to sign his contract. A reporter asked Malinga if he could speak with him as the fast bowler stepped out of his vehicle, to which Malinga replied in Sinhala, "Mind your own business and go away, man."

Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal and Ajantha Mendis had also been approached by television news crews on Sunday evening. None of the players stopped to speak to media. Sangakkara told journalists he was forbidden from commenting by SLC, and that details of the contracts issue would emerge later. Chandimal and Mendis did not comment as they left the premises.

Malinga has had a strained relationship with parts of the nation's media after he announced his retirement from Test cricket during the 2011 IPL, which came after he had made himself unavailable for the Test tour of England citing fitness problems. He has often been accused of being a mercenary by some, and has lately hit back at those claims, including in an on-air argument with a journalist on a local sports talk show.

At the press conference to announce Sri Lanka's new captains in February, several questions about Malinga's professional motivation were directed towards Jayasuriya, who defended the fast bowler's decision to retire from Tests with help from SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and captain Angelo Mathews.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    This is big issue for sri lankan media. But most peoples are with malinga. This is the time for understanding sri lankan media and peoples

  • Ajith on March 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Malinga needs to be straightened out to conduct himself in an appropriate manner at official meetings or functions as he is definitely not a man who has fallen from the sky for others to kneel before him.This is another aspect that the cricket academy must focus on having sessions pertaining to, on and off the field behaviour of national players and how to deal with the media. Media too should conduct themselves in a more gentlemanly and responsible manner without instigating players to react in an unruly manner.

  • mano on March 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Sri Lankan media is exgerating this issue. There was nothing special in what Malinga said to the Media man. This is crazy. For some reason or the other the media is trying to take revenge from malinga. This is the standard of Sriu Lankan media! Sorry but its at such a low level!

  • Eshan on March 7, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    I guess his Sri Lankan X-Factor is missing....Media did the right job picking the right person to market their brand and the rest of the players just escape.....Malinger was yorked on the middle & leg by Media..... Sri Lankan Media rocks....

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Instead of uncovering the corruption of SLC, SL media is picking on players to show their false bravery.

  • pan on March 6, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    this is crazy... if you listen to the original video you will notice that journalist called Malinga "mahaththaya" as Lankan we all know that the journalist was trying to make a fun out of Malinga by calling him 'malinga mahathtaya'. Adding to that those journalists knew that cricketers been banned to media by SLC. If that journalist was so genuine about what he was said I'd like to know how many of other journalists address other cricketers by that way. I know Malinga wasn't not up to the scratch and should be more polite as a senior cricketer (I think this a result of lack of proper school cricket under his belt and definitely not the vice capt.material). However, as person he also has a right to express or not to express his idea specially when SLC doesn't want cricketers to go to media. By looking at where Malinga was came from and given the situation, I don't see much wrong with those words…and I do have a feeling that the media have escalated this issue for their own benef

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    I think media is trying to blow it out of proportion. Malinga, definitely was rude but all he needs is a friendly reminder to be tactful in handling the media. Nothing more, as after all he is a human being with emotions. Probably he could take a clue from Sanga who was supposed to have said 'SLC has forbidden them from commenting'

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I watched the 'episode' on the internet: No big deal! The part of media that don't like Malinga is taking opportunity of this gaffe by blowing it to untoward proportions. There are many, many professional sportsmen in America who'd tell a reporter who constantly is critical of them: "take a hike"....

  • Rici on March 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    TO.: Posted by Upali Senarath Bandara on (March 6, 2013, 2:17 GMT) **** Are you a Sri Lankan or from the Northern part of Sri Lanka? How can you hate your own compatriot man? What have you done for your country and country's reputation until today? You can't be an ambassador !!! But you sound like a forecaster. Have you ever represented your own council in the other parts of Sri Lanka? ***Salinga Malinga my main man. He behaves like man.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Leave him alone,after all he is human being.