MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture July 4, 2011

Sangakkara slams 'corrupt' administration

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Kumar Sangakkara has made an extraordinary, scathing attack on the "partisan cronies" at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) who have blighted the sport in his country and who led him to resign the captaincy after only two years in charge, following the World Cup final in April. Sangakkara was delivering the MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord's on Monday.

In an hour-long speech that earned him a standing ovation, Sangakkara charted the unique history of cricket in his country, and called on SLC to root out its corrupt practices and recognise the huge role the sport now needs to play in promoting reconciliation at the end of a 30-year civil war.

Sangakkara pinpointed the country's most powerful moment of national unity - the World Cup final victory over Australia in 1996 - as the moment the sport's administration changed "from a volunteer-led organisation run by well-meaning men of integrity into a multimillion-dollar organisation that has been in turmoil ever since".

His speech could fetch him serious repercussions but the board's only response so far has been to state that it is unable to comment given that the team is currently on tour in England.

Sri Lanka's ongoing tour of England has been dogged by controversy ever since Sanath Jayasuriya, now an MP with the ruling UPFA party, was recalled at the age of 41 to play in the one-off Twenty20 and the first ODI at The Oval, despite having been out of the side for nearly two years. Without mentioning names, Sangakkara voiced his concern at the direction the sport in his country is now heading.

"Players from within the team itself became involved in power games within the board," he said. "Officials elected to power in this way in turn manipulated player loyalty to achieve their own ends. At times board politics would spill over into the team causing rift, ill feeling and distrust.

"Accountability and transparency in administration and credibility of conduct were lost in a mad power struggle that would leave Sri Lankan cricket with no consistent and clear administration. Presidents and elected executive committees would come and go; government-picked interim committees would be appointed and dissolved."

Last week, Sri Lanka's sports ministry dissolved SLC's interim committee, following allegations of financial mismanagement that left the co-hosts of the recent World Cup with a US$ 69 million bill. That announcement followed the ICC meeting in Hong Kong, at which a directive was issued, stating that cricket boards had to be free of political interference by June 2013, or face the prospect of sanctions.

"After 1996 the cricket board has been controlled and administered by a handful of well-meaning individuals either personally or by proxy, rotated in and out, depending on appointment or election," Sangakkara said. "Unfortunately to consolidate and perpetuate their power, they opened the door of the administration to partisan cronies that would lead to corruption and wanton waste of cricket board finances and resources.

"It was and still is confusing. Accusations of vote buying and rigging, player interference due to lobbying from each side and even violence at the AGMs, including the brandishing of weapons and ugly fist fights, have characterised cricket board elections for as long as I can remember.

"We have to aspire to better administration. The administration needs to adopt the same values enshrined by the team over the years: integrity, transparency, commitment and discipline.

"Unless the administration is capable of becoming more professional, forward-thinking and transparent then we risk alienating the common man. Indeed, this is already happening. Loyal fans are becoming increasingly disillusioned. This is very dangerous because it is not the administrators or players that sustain the game - it is the cricket-loving public. It is their passion that powers cricket and if they turn their backs on cricket then the whole system will come crashing down."

Crucially for the future of Sri Lanka, that public consists of supporters from both sides of the bloody civil war that was finally concluded last year. However, as has been seen by the numerous Tamil protestors who have made their presence known during the current Test and ODI series, there is a danger that the current state of the sport will breed disenchantment rather than foster unity.

"Cricket played a crucial role during the dark days of Sri Lanka's civil war, a period of enormous suffering for all communities," Sangakkara said. "But the conduct and performance of the team will have even greater importance as we enter a crucial period of reconciliation and recovery, an exciting period where all Sri Lankans aspire to peace and unity.

"It is also an exciting period for cricket where the reintegration of isolated communities in the north and east opens up new talent pools. The Spirit of Cricket can and should remain a guiding force for good within society, providing entertain and fun, but also a shining example to all of how we all should approach our lives."

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  • Japan.Kolla on July 7, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Sangakkara is the Best Cricketing Personality in Current International Cricket Arena ! Iconic Cricketer for Indians also even off the Cricket Field. Reminds me Arjuna.Brave Crickters !

  • nzcricket174 on July 7, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    What a truly inspirational man.

  • SLfan on July 7, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    @SachinIsTheGreatest - Dhoni made the error there, not Sanga ! Whole world knows it but you dont !!!

  • Glabbs on July 7, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    SachinIsTheGreatest Better tell this MSD. There are audio evidence that Sanga called it correctly.

  • on July 7, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Great stuff Sanga. Hats off.

  • on July 7, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Excellent stuff Sanga keep it up.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on July 7, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Spirt of Cricket lecture from a guy who couldn't gracefully lose a toss in a big game. When you don't display Spirit on the field don't expect any off it.

  • on July 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    sanga,what u said in the speeh was the thru realaty of the game of cricket in sri lanka no dougth about it u r the one who had a back bone to stand in front of the icc and to say the realaty of sri lankan cricket.as a cricket lover in sri lanka i wish u all the best and u sued take over the captency to have a bright futher for sri lankan crickt

  • on July 7, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    we must take action against SLCB............ sanga we are with you

  • MrMMJ on July 7, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Playing innocense/ignorance after loosing the toss in World Cup 2011 final is also the part of Sri-Lankan Cricket history. Sanga has opened his mouth after securing a future in playing IPL. I am sure soon SL fans will be blaming BCCI for all this and loss of Sangakkara. Just mark my words, wait and watch.

  • Japan.Kolla on July 7, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Sangakkara is the Best Cricketing Personality in Current International Cricket Arena ! Iconic Cricketer for Indians also even off the Cricket Field. Reminds me Arjuna.Brave Crickters !

  • nzcricket174 on July 7, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    What a truly inspirational man.

  • SLfan on July 7, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    @SachinIsTheGreatest - Dhoni made the error there, not Sanga ! Whole world knows it but you dont !!!

  • Glabbs on July 7, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    SachinIsTheGreatest Better tell this MSD. There are audio evidence that Sanga called it correctly.

  • on July 7, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Great stuff Sanga. Hats off.

  • on July 7, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Excellent stuff Sanga keep it up.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on July 7, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Spirt of Cricket lecture from a guy who couldn't gracefully lose a toss in a big game. When you don't display Spirit on the field don't expect any off it.

  • on July 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    sanga,what u said in the speeh was the thru realaty of the game of cricket in sri lanka no dougth about it u r the one who had a back bone to stand in front of the icc and to say the realaty of sri lankan cricket.as a cricket lover in sri lanka i wish u all the best and u sued take over the captency to have a bright futher for sri lankan crickt

  • on July 7, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    we must take action against SLCB............ sanga we are with you

  • MrMMJ on July 7, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Playing innocense/ignorance after loosing the toss in World Cup 2011 final is also the part of Sri-Lankan Cricket history. Sanga has opened his mouth after securing a future in playing IPL. I am sure soon SL fans will be blaming BCCI for all this and loss of Sangakkara. Just mark my words, wait and watch.

  • mewanD on July 6, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Sanga, What-a stunning out spoken speech as a active cricketer with real patriotic Sinhalese back bone!!!! your courageous speech boost proud of Sri Lankans' who lives in United Kingdom and helpless and innocent sportsman's in Sri Lanka. Thank you and congratulations. Meewan

  • Skilled90 on July 6, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    @ NumberXI-your awareness of cricket is very poor,what sangakkara said reflects on the true reality on half the cricket playing nations,eg being west indies,pakistan,india,aus(currently to a lil extent) zimbabuwe ..... listen to the whole speech,any educated person with a certain level of understanding can see the true picture.its upto you to belive it or not.

  • Ashique129 on July 6, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Maybe my comment will be lost - but I'm still gonna leave it. As the SL sports minister probes the matter and possibly ban/punish/severely reprimand Sanga, my question is, why is it that a contract does not allow a player to open his mouth about things he sees and experiences that could be improved for the better? Just like the board and ministry, players have responsibility and accountability. Players are the ones who we see play and see things from the closest possible place. However, tie them into a 'contract' and they are muted completely. Something is not right about this 'contract' thing. There must be a way - a whistle-blowing mechanism for players to raise their concern. This 'way' should also have a 'safety passage' for the whistle-blower so that the messenger is not crucified. Sounds complicated? It really isn't. Most successful organizations with strong ethics set-up have it. It isn't new either. We see diseases mesmerizing every board and none is willing to mend this.

  • ragomsk on July 6, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I think this article has misconstrued what Kumar Sangakara said. I have just heard the full lecture he gave and find that his reference to politics and cronysm are part of the history he traces of Sri Lankan cricket. He says that this has happened and the events are too well documented to be denied. But he also says that things are changing, and that administrators should be vigilant and above reproach.

  • ajaym_believer on July 6, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    @ Number XI. I sincerely hope you are a genuine sports lover not a government crony just to give a counterpoint under guise of cricketing issues. If yes, please note that in many countries nothing is free not even a dearly cherished opinion. You risk going to jail for the rest of your life for expressing cricketing views under guise of invented anti national reasons. You express your opinion at whatever forum is available to you. That is what Sangakkara did. I was a great admirer of Sanga the cricketer who has tormented my team so often. I love him as a person and a leader now.

  • Venki_indian on July 6, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    hats off sanga...cricket is more than a game/sport in subcontinent...cricket is life

  • gargi_vizag on July 6, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    it takes guts to speak up against administrators/politicians who interfere with sports in many countries. This problem is more rampant in India, and we sadly do not have a Sanga among our midst to come out in the open and speak the truth. What are guys like Pawar,Srinivasan,Shah,and others doing in cricket, who needs them?does Indian cricket need them? these are few questions for which answers are not forthcoming from any quarter. Fortunately for the BCCI, there is a huge following for the game in India and that is sustaining and helping BCCI to wield its clout over others in the ICC, but like Sanga stated above, the day the fan gets disillusioned, the entire system will come crashing down.

  • on July 6, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Well said Sanga...this is not just a wake up call for SLBC but also for ICC and other cricket boards as well. Everyone should thank Sanga for his courage to bring this matter on behalf of all other past and current players of all nations.

  • on July 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    The greatest Speech of a life time.

  • Sri1967 on July 6, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Dear Number XI, message is to all who administer this game. Please listen to the pannel discussion they had after the lecture. Let's save the game for future of the world.

  • on July 6, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Ur statement is so accurate. You are a real leader with backborn

  • plow on July 6, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    What a fantastic ambassador for Sri Lanka!

    If Sanga is steering Sri Lankan crciket in the future it is in amazingly good hands.

    Fantastic!

    Respect from New Zealand Sanga!!

  • NumberXI on July 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    While Sangakkara taking on the SL cricket board is brave, one has to wonder how different it is from washing dirty linen in public. The MCC Spirit of Cricket speech has, in the past, had speakers talking about issues of interest to cricket as a sport. And while Sangakkara's speech can be seen as targeting a larger administrative malaise in the sport, at the end it becomes more about one cricketer - who has the position within his nation's cricket setup - having a go at his employers. How does that impact the sport as a whole? How does it help cricket become, hopefully, a better sport? This is why Sangakkara's speech fails to impress because he addresses issues that are specific to SL cricket but not necessarily entirely relevant to the sport as a whole. Maybe Sangakkara missed an opportunity to offer comment on cricket as a whole.

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Indeed well done sanga, Politics must not evolve with any sport

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Very well sanga.we want like you.all the action done in srilanka politician involve the matter & vanish all the all things.that done in the past world cup..well done .keep in touch...

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    This is by far one of the greatest speeches that I have ever herd in my life, it was heart warming, and en lighting to all those who love to hear about Sri Lanka but at the same time showed his love for his country and the game. There have been many players who have complained about unfairness and corruption in autobiographies after there time as a cricket has finished, but to speak your mind as a player when contracted by a cricket board is another story. Hats of to Sanga, he will be one the reason's why Sri Lankan cricket will get stronger and continue to be a force in this world, but also bring peace and reconciliation to the wonderful Island.

  • Pathiyal on July 6, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    one of the finest speeches by a sports personality. anyone can imagine how frustrated the players are with the boards. now, the consequences of the explanations sought out by the board might further expose them. good job done by sanga, as usual.

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Bravo man, bravo. Respect .

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    after reading the whole speech i have to say this was not only about slamming the baord whcih was less than 10% of the whole speech. it was wonderful and emotional and brilliant. i would suggest everyone read the speech before passing comments on what journalists have picked to make headlines.

  • vasthav on July 6, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    hats off to sanga for bravely spelling out the truth. I think it is time for dhoni to slam our own corrupt board .But I dont think this will be happening in near future

  • on July 6, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    great sanga well dne boy....

  • on July 6, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    The transcript of his speech is available. Brilliant speech - even though it tells us what we already guessed was true. It needed to come from a Sri Lankan with the integrity and professionalism of San. Well done - I hope other boards are listening!

  • rienzied on July 6, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    He is a great leader of men and equally a great cricketer. He has been a top keeper and great batsmen. Kumar , speak your mind against this rubbish. Sri Lankan cricket needs you and this is not egoistical speech but a wake up and a time to CLEAN up their act. for too long Sri Lanka have relied on Murali , now if they dont watch it, they will fall into the Aussie trap of relying too mcuh on Warnie and McGrath, giving the Board licence to do as they please.

  • on July 6, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    you always get some courge when you are abroad

  • on July 6, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    boyyy we need more people of Sangas Caliber....aparade this guy should have been there till the next WC..cant see Dilshan being an "inspirational leader" for the youngsters..

  • on July 6, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    What a brave speech,Sanga. So typical of you. Hope Sachin, MSD and others learn from Sangakkara and voice their opinions to the larger welfare of this great game.

  • kockneyred on July 6, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    I am an avid SL fan and have been an ardent supporter of Sangakkara over the years. And whilst his speech was, Im sure, is a true representation of the difficulties within the upper echelons of cricket in Sri Lanka, and probably mirrored in the the rest of the subcontinent also, I think the forum Sanga chose to speak out and the timing (during a one-series, that is currently in the balance), was poor. Airing your dirty laundry in public in this manner is only going to divide the team further, in a period where the team must pull together and fight for the cause of playing (and winning) cricket matches. Whilst his stance was brave and honest, speaking at an MCC meeting, further fuels the English media's fire in there general condescending manner toward the SL cricket team, borne out over the last few weeks during the Test series. There is a reason why other cricketers do not speak out against inequalities and injustices emanating from their respective boards...to maintain unity!

  • dinith_sw on July 6, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I hope one of the TV stations/ radio stations in Sri Lanka would translate this speech and air it for the common man. For their cry has not been lost, rather championed!

  • on July 6, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Thank you Sanga for having the courage to speak out the truth. There will be nobody else that would have done what you have done. Therefore as Sri lankans and a proud cricket supporter I applaud you for what you did. You may just save the National game for the rest of us. Thank you, and we will forever be grateful.

  • on July 6, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    impressed by your courage and loyalty

  • Mehdi_shah on July 6, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Well done sanga.. great speech... well said But i feel that the board is not going to be happy All i can say is good luck to your future in cricket

  • on July 6, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    We with you sanga and we know its all TRUE.................

  • on July 6, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Well Said Sanga. You are my favorite cricketer and always will be.The speech you gave was truly excellent.And it was very brave of you to mention all those.We are always with you. Hats off to you sanga.

  • CricSamraat on July 6, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Sanga is highly gifted in his game, captaincy, talk, and speech. He commands English language, and, he has sharp, clinical style. Sri Lanka is very lucky to have a great man as a cricketer. But, this man is destined to go very, very far. Sky is the limit for this born leader and intellectual whose current profession is playing top quality cricket.

  • on July 6, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Well said Sanga ! the TRUTH is bitter !!!

  • on July 6, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Well dne Sanga.............!

  • HarshadApte on July 6, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Hats off to Sanga! It takes a lot to take on your own country's board and more so when the country is SL. While the usual retributions from the board/ govt may follow, i hope it stirs the conscience of atleast a few people in the right places to make a difference. In fact, this is a wake-up call not just for the Sri Lankan board but for cricket administrators all across. The BCCI is just way too powerful for any Indian cricketer to take a similar stand. With the amount of money and power at its disposal, the BCCI can do wonders, if it's officials have the time and interest to look beyond their own coffers and petty interests. Once again, hats off to you Sanga. May the force be with you!!!

  • on July 6, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    what is the next???? no body can answer of it..

  • on July 6, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Now their own people are saying that Sri Lankan board is corrupt & Sri Lankans were saying BCCI is using its muscle power to influence ICC & other boards.

  • on July 6, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Well said Sanga. You are a true Sri Lankan and I thank your parents who have been molded you to be the person you are today, exceptional. There is a lesson in your lecture for all administrators around the world. I sincerely hope our idiotic administrators will not take this personally. Pls do not intimidated by what they will do against you from now onwards, you have the support of all Sri Lankans. A new chapter has just begun; you have a long way to go and much more to do on behalf of poor Sri Lankans who have been fooled by the dirty politicians.

  • Athula_s on July 6, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Facts are stubborn, but someone has to tell to the world...... Well Done Kumar!

  • Vasi-Koosi on July 6, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Sanga has put the issues in a very subtle way. Hopefully, the powers to be will act on this statement.

  • ArmChairUmpire on July 6, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Well done KS. Very well done. Cricketing Boards all over please take note.

  • on July 6, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    Hats off to you Sanga.. Well said.

  • on July 6, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Kumar your speesh is so excellent!!!

  • on July 6, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    I want the English team to do well against Sri Lanka because it is a competent, strong and bright team in international cricket and I know it will do so. Today, all eyes will be on England although Sri Lanka is 2-1 up in the series. England must bounce back from the two consecutive defeats faced at Headingley and Lord's at Trent Bridge to make a comeback. I want to wish all the players in the squad to do well from their side. Come on England come on. U can do well and please do well so that the ECB and the Barmy Army fans will be proud of u.

  • on July 6, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Mr. Sangakarra,

    I salute you, sir.

  • on July 6, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Cricket boards will come and go, nobody will care. But the speeches like this are here to stay forever. Sanga is a here for the history book!

  • chulakaliyanage on July 6, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Hats off to you Sanga, great speech. Thank you for been so brave to criticize The SLC admin without fearing of the outcome. I sincerely hope that even after this there will be necessary reforms and People who love Cricket rather than the money will get elected to the Admin of SLC. I'm so Proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • nadeeka2 on July 6, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Thank you Sangakara, for being so brave and saying what everyone knew needed to be said but was too afraid to do. Hopefully this can bring about real change.

  • cgtboy87 on July 5, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    true champion like chris gayle

  • Harsha_Sivali on July 5, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    Great speech. Every true srilankan will be proud about your speech. You have guts to criticize SLC without fear of the consequences of that. I'm always proud to be a srilankan and I will. But we don't agree with the silly political interference. But there was no one to criticize that. I wish you all the best for your future.

  • popenoe on July 5, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Quite frankly, a brilliant speech. I learned about the role cricket has played in Sri Lanka's history and can play in the future. Many thanks. Sanga deserves a lot of credit for taking up social responsibilities in addition to pursuing his own personal passion. I also love that he pays tributes to his fellow Sri Lankans, Arjuna, Murali, Sanath, ... who all seem to be blessed with a social conscience. Kudos to Sanga, who promotes unity through cricket in such clear terms that embrace excellence from all parts of society. I wish there were more such cricketers, who besides being great on the field, are equally, and preferably more, effective off the field. Many from many countries come to mind, but this is Sanga's moment, so congratulations, all the best, and cheers. I should add that I love to watch him batting.

  • on July 5, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    I look forward to the reaction-the least he will be called is a traitor by a muppet looking in a mirror.

  • Mutukisna on July 5, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara, that was an excellent Spirit of Cricket speech. A brave and courageous one too. It embodied all what the public imagined you to be from your performances on and off the field. A well brought up man nurtured with care by loving parents who have instilled all what is good in their son by their own actions and example in his formative years. Credit to your parents. They must, understandably, be proud of you. Congratulations, and may you continue to guide SL Cricket.

  • WTEH on July 5, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Well said, one of the best talks ever. And 100% accurate. Hopefully the board and the minister would see it from a correct angle. And hopefully somebody will give a correct translation of this talk to the minister. Otherwise who know what will happened to Kumar.

  • Roshan15 on July 5, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Kumar, your'e a real Sinhalese. We appreciate your smartness.

  • on July 5, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Srilankan's shud learn Pakistan ....They political interferance and power politics has bought the game to the knees..Lankan's must not follow the footsteps of PCB..

  • Dushan_Akalanka on July 5, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Another Great Classic Inning From Brave Kumar Sangakkara!!!This what we want to hear from ages....Reality!!!...

  • Sam_Patel_US on July 5, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Salute to Sangakkara...a brave cricketer....I doubt if any of our Indian cricketer would be brave enough to speak in public against BCCI. Hope It will bring some good change in Srilankan cricket.

  • on July 5, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    At least you explode this to the world , you are the Great Lion Sanga and we are always with you...

  • hawkeye30 on July 5, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    While I congratulate kumar on a excellent lecture, I'm not very sure that the comments are in line with a contract player. Hence, this kind of statements could be highly detrimental to his career. It's only obvious that kumar knew the consequences of the lecture. So, I wonder has he planned an early retirement.

  • on July 5, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Hope they wouldn't cell him .. In some country's it is a crime to having a backbone.

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    You are not alone Kumar. other boards on the African continent seem to have that problem too. money is the root of all evil but, without it Kumar, you would not be able to entertain us all or enjoy yourself. but, thanks for speaking up, some of us were fired for airing our valid cricket views. eg: Mr R C White.(a former president of South African Cricket) i wish you good health and good form so that we can all watch you shortly in Africa. go well.

  • InnocentGuy on July 5, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    I just read the SLC Timeline article. It's amazing how the SL team has performed in the last decade despite having changes so frequently at the top. Somehow the players have managed to keep that out of their game and performed well on the field.

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Here it is highlighted only the few minutes of talk about board corruption out of nice fluent 1 hr talk. Great talk Sanga!!

  • herath-SLCRICKET on July 5, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Listened to the full speech it was really inspiring, can be rated as one of the top public address by a sri lankan in the century. He may have put himself in trouble as he is a contracted player to SLC where the contracted players are not allow to outspoken in public or media outings. By manyways his speech was perfectly scripted one cause he has covered many areas starting from how the cricket has transformed from the Britishers to missionaries to by now village boy in sri lanka, also like how the bloody war effected to our communities and the way 96 world cup win inspired young cricketers and followers and many things, in an hour briefly. Only the latter part of his speech he has criticized the SL cricket administration which is the only part caught by media and published. All and all he has given true meaning to the topic of his speech SPIRIT OF CRICKET as a cricket lover and follower I feel real proud of you Sanga. Hats off cheers

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    A speech from the Heart... Amazing Very proud of you Sanga - You have made us proud to be Sri Lankan An inspiring. warm hearted, and emotional speech which we can listen to over and over ...fantastic well done Sanga - We Love You

  • SLcricinfo on July 5, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Bashing corruption in Sri Lankan Cricket in this particular forum is sure to bring Mr. Sangakkara more popularity from those who matters in Cricket and some international fans. In reality, he could have done a better job of it in Sri Lanka while being the captain of the team. That requires extraordinary courage and innovation like what Arjuna Ranatunga possessed in the mid nineties. What Arjuna did for his country's Cricket made him unpopular amongst those who praise Mr. Snagakkara today. Arujuna did what he did without caring for his own image. Mr. Sangakkara lacks such qualities in spite of being a nice person. I am sure ICC folks will be happy with the publicity that Mr. Sangakkara has given to their policy of barring governments from interfering with Cricket Boards but whether this policy is cooked up to allow elite cricketers to participate in 20/20 leagues in rival countries or to circumvent corruption in poor "third world" countries is remain to be seen.

  • asif2311 on July 5, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    JUST MAGNIFICENT, thats what have to say.....straight from a person who has cricket on mind above anything....money power, anything.....tremendous sanga .....u won a billion hearts outside sri lanka as well...am an ardent indian cricket fan, but this speach go out to all the 100 odd nations who are in cricket in any form.....absolutely outstanding....

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    sanga u r da lion.we always with you.

  • faridkhan on July 5, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    good on you mate! now if we can get an Afridi to do something similar in Pakistan...oh wait they'll just ban his arse for life! but hey at least someone somewhere is doing the right thing and stepping up and calling out their corrupt boards! lets hope we can see more cricket from Sanga!

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Leaders lead and great leaders inspire. Sanga is one great Sri Lankan. I wish with all my heart that he succeeds in what ever he wants/wishes. It is not eloquence that mattered in this speech but his experiences as a person. Most of us struggle to rise above the daily rigmarole but clearly Sanga has done that in a way only he could have. He truly makes a difference in this world and makes me thank his parents to have brought him to this stage. You rock!! Hope you continue to play for Deccan Chargers and I get an opportunity to meet ya.

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    The man speaks for over 60 minutes and talks about the current status of the Board for less than 10 minutes and all the headline can say is, "Sangakkara slams 'corrupt' administration". Every thing he said in his to minutes of so called slamming of corrupt Administrators needs to be attributed to each and every Board and the ICC itself.

    I guess I had way too high an expectation for CricInfo.

    Back to the substance of the speech..... The key take away is his passion for Cricket and his fierce loyalty and patriotism to Cricket and Sri Lanka. One cannot say that of too many Cricketers or cricket administrators.

  • mrmonty on July 5, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Now the question is, who will talk with the candour about Indian cricket administrators? I am proud of the Ind team's achievements, but the state of SL cricket can't be worse than the way Indian cricket is handled. Who will be the Sanga/Simon Katich for Ind cricket?

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Welldone Sanga, As cricket fans we will be with you all the time!!! Lets see what kind of a response you will get from cricketing adminitrators from sri lanka and from other countries!!!

  • Deepkar on July 5, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    type of speech sanga gave shows that he is may be truely very Honest persone or may be he is so intalegent and want to show ppl that he is honest as big fan of lankan lefty i will be very happy if he is truly honest. plz sanga dont disappoint us im big fan of ur from india.

  • r1m2 on July 5, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Sanga shows 'em how it's done. He was professional throughout, in his well articulated speech with intelligent and constructive criticism. It's up to SLCB now on how to take it.

    ICC should pay heed too. Sanga is someone to look out for in the future administration of global cricket. An intelligent cricketer, who is intelligent in plenty other aspects of life as well.

    Go Sanga.

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Some people bowl, some people bat, some are all rounders, some are cricketers and

    some are all of that and a statesman - you belong to this group SANGA

    You are one of the three in SL cricket that I admire. your fans I do not care for:):)

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    integrity is the word,,,which can create ,,,,,,,,hisrory,,,,,

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Sangakara the brave soldier of Sri lankan cricket,the man has vision and thoughts to speak out ,I am a greatest fan of Sangakara out side Sri Lank ,his education has made him true patriot, before this point Anura Tenakoon (the first captain of Sri lankan team which visited Pakistan in early 70'S) was my hero from Sri Lanka,but now he has risen head and shoulder above all, Bravo ,I salute you for your thoughts for the betterment of your fellow countrymen.

  • Mfalme on July 5, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @anandbv - absolutely true. Corruption is rampant through out the whole world and as I see it will only get worse.

  • StevieS on July 5, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    one of the nice guys of world cricket and obviously honest to.

  • OmarBK on July 5, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    He is one of the most refined and articulate men in cricket these days. he knows what he is talking about, and is eloquent and fearless in his statements. Infact i would go on and say he is probably the best captain of his generation in world cricket.

  • on July 5, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Sanga has just earned another few million fans around the globe. This is a smart chap. Not only (unlike Gayle). did he chose the right platform and occasion to vent away his feelings against a strong and politically motivated cricket board (alas, it's becoming a norm across all the cricket playing nations), but also exploited the emotional pitch to his advantage. Gayle, on the other hand, has reacted immaturely to say the least, in the current scheme of things.While he had some strong points to support his cause, he chose an ineffective media and a false tone. Consequently, Gayle has taken the focus away from main issue of widespread inefficiencies spread across the administration. The stand-off has given the board a chance to label him as an individual rather than a team player, while also casting aspersion on his attitude towards the game. Hope some good sense prevails, and cricket emerges as the eventual winner. #Hopeful

  • Mfalme on July 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Kumar that was amazing, wonderful. Didn't know that you are such a wonderful bowler. Is it pace, swing, cutters, spin, googly, yorker or doosra???? Whatever, it was a great DELIVERY..................... with just one DELIVERY you have bowled the entire opposition out .............. mind boggling .......... I mean the DELIVER of the lecture at MCC. Well done. The entire cricketing world, past present and future, salutes you. Your are great.

  • wmendis123 on July 5, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    hatts off to sanga...u r the man...........

  • Japan.Kolla on July 5, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Respect You Sir ! In da past i was worrying about you , because you were silence @ sometimes against poor cricketing decisions that Interim Commitee Made.I know the power that you have as a player is limited compare to da admins. Arjuna did it in da past and Now You Become a Hero of Cricket Lovers.As a True Sri Lankan Big Players Like Mahela , Sanga Shud Open Mouth and Should Criticise Wrong Path of Current Sri Lankan Cricket Path ( I m Talking about Cricket admins and Not about Our Talented Players ) at da same time i want to see you wear sri lankan cricket jerseyatleast for another 4 Years ! God Bless Sanga and True Cricket Lovers always With You !

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Sangakkara for President !!!!! Proud to be Sri Lankan.

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    That's why they say its a game of men. Chris Gayle somehow already airs the idea of WICB being quite dumb, then Simon Katich talked about Aussie Board's flaws, and now this man brings it out to the world at such a stage in such passionate display of what he believes cricket should and could do to unite his country and the world. You're the man Sanga!

  • MOONAMALPE on July 5, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    We are very proud about you sanga and thanking you as a cricket lover of revealing the truth behind political interference in cricket.You are not alone we are always with you.

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    It takes a lot of character to speak against your own board. Sangakkara has been a true ambassador of SriLankan cricket and a gentleman apart from being the finest cricketer of this generation. Knowing very well, it could invite disciplinary action, Sanga did not mince words.

  • ansram on July 5, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Amazing. We need more Sangas.

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Spoken as a true cricketer and a true Sri Lankan!!!!!! Well said!!!!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    All Cricket Boards are corrupt in Asia. They do not have an oversight. They deal with a lot of Money and do want to be audited. ICC should have mandated that all Cricket Boards should be free from Government, must have an independent of Board of Directors and must submit an Audited Report every year. Well! Then does ICC do that?

  • Percy_Fender on July 5, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Kumar Sangakarra is indeed a rare gem when it comes to his cricketing skills. He is very articulate as well. This has probably to do with the background he comes from his education and his legal profession, He comes across like Gamini Goonasena of many years ago. When he used to speak on the radio one would wonder if he was a Sri Lankan or an Englishman.Having said that I am not sure if the forum he chose to express himself would be able to bring about the desired changes in Sri Lankan cricket.When Kumartalked about the erstwhile ethos in Sri Lankan administration as having been the direction given by willing amateurs it must not be forgotten that that was when Sri Lanka had not got Test recognition or in the early years as a fledgling cricketing nation.Today it is different.The people who run the show are mostly there for the money from the game and one good man or a group of good men can hardly make any difference.What they need is not shouting from the rooftops but persuasive skills

  • quicksilver99999 on July 5, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Just Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Future will be dark for you Sanga but don't worry we are with you

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Quite late in the day for comments. Still I feel that you have spoken your heart out for the game you love most. Cricket is a different game to the rest of all the games played in the world. This is why it was called the GENTLEMAN'S GAME. Sadly it is no more the same, but with people of your calibre we could inculcate this in the minds of the future generations. Thanks for being so open to speak your heart out. You have done this for the love of the game and country. Good luck to you.

  • AppuAamy on July 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    I think Michel Holding made the best statement in term of the spirit of Cricket. "They(INDIA) have too much power. I do not believe any country should be able to dictate to the rest of the world,"

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Hope after what you told will have its good effects on Srilankan cricket board in the near future!

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    i love u sanga for ur brave speech against our corrupted cricket council. you are the right captain for our team, also the one and only well educated captain. today ur speech might have inspired the whole nation. the only uniting factor 'cricket' can alone unite the northern and the eastern provinces along with the sinhali provinces. i have to really appreciate ur wisdom for choosing this England tour to deliver ur speech. now ur speech is known to all the UK press. i think u may have to face the political threats from the cricket committee. but we are with u sanga... continue ur cricket carreer. all the best...

  • manjithakumara on July 5, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I think Mr. Kumar Sangakkara has made the most important speech in the history of Cricket.

  • Trevor_G on July 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    I admire Sanga as a man and a cricketer.......from a South African living in Colorado USA.

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Hats off Sanga.... You are an Icon for Sri Lanka...! Great sportsman...! Proud to be a Sri Lankan...!

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Great speech from a classy player and a true gentleman cricketer who served his team by carrying a lot of workload himself. I hope what happened to Marvan would not happen to Sanga...

  • sam_the_man on July 5, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    It'll be good if Sanga can score a century for the country. It's been long time since the last one.

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Well said Sanga. Srilanka needs several thousands of people like you to take the country to the right direction.

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Good Job Sanga.. Watch your back..

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    a guy with a backbone against back bone less idiots. wow sanga we are proud of you

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Wow.......Hats off to u Sanga.A gentleman's speech...........!!!!!!

  • anandbv on July 5, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I love this guy for not just the game but because of the humbleness, gratitude and respect that he demonstartes to the game, to SL and to his contemporaries. I have read his articles on Jayasurya, Murali and Jayawerdene and having such praise and gratitude for them shows how grounded he is. Sanga is what he is today because of his true gentleman nature. Coming to changing governance, it is difficult....no speeches can change corruption. Corruption is everywhere..in India, in Pak, in USA, in Europe....all over the world. Unless people learn to live by the morals that they are taught, this will never end.

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Great work Sanga, Well done.

  • yorkslanka on July 5, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    I am sure that Sangakkara has just put himself a lot closer to the icc presidency role in the future as a result of the respect he has gained from giving this speech...excellent speech and absolutely correct...Proud ( as always) to be a Sri Lankan...

  • cham204 on July 5, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    grate speech

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAJ0O0dIFsg

  • arunastan on July 5, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Great Speech Sanga..Truly proud of you..for sharing your honest thoughts...and thanks for sharing the Sri Lankan's feel of cricket and the feel of our life to the world..I still can remember watching you bat against Zimbabe A team..just before u were selected to SL national team and i knew that time that you would be a great asset to SL cricket. Hope you would play a long time for SL and hope you to be a great ambassador for the sport of cricket. Be the man you are born to be no matter what comes in your way..Wish you and your family peace and happiness..

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    this kind of politicking is present in all boards around the world...

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    GREAT speech, Sanga! The so called leaders of our nation have a great deal to learn from you how to deliver an exellent piece of speech. Hats off for you.

    You are the best captain Sri Lankan cricket team ever had. It's a shame that you quit from captaincy, but I'm exetremely glad that you are still a part our team. Good luck to you all guys!

  • ChandraMendis on July 5, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Well done Kumar, we are very proud of you and you made us proud as Sri Lankans. You delivered an excellent lecture, earned great respect among the world cricket fans. Your passion for cricket and your commitment and patriotism as a Sri Lankan is greatly appreciated , hope your comments will help to raise the profile of cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    I feel that you have scored 100,000 test run for sri lanka cricket, during your last international tour. Great work lion heart

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    All you need is courage, and you are having that Mr. Sangakkara. Hopefully looking good for your future.

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    it was great sanga.......

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    We love out cricket and we are always with the players who really love the game of cricket. Nicely said Sanga we, real cricket fans, are always with you.

  • Balumekka on July 5, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    When weI heard the news that SLC is now at a financial crisis (When BCCI and BCB both profiting from WC 2011), one of my friends said the worst thing happened to SL cricket is 1996 WC victory. Soon after 1996 WC, then SL cricket board president Mr. Ana Punchihewa lost his place. Then this game in Sri Lanka exchanged between hands of few millionaires who always valued money above game. If anyone who is not a millionnier involved with SLC, that person soon became a millionnier himself. This is the tragic truth!

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Wonder now how the West Indies Board sees this in comparison to their handling the Gayle matter.

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    I always remember Dalmia's hand on selection of Indian team so that even the probables would have less than 3 South Indian player.

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Great speech Sanga u really inspired us in and out of the field we are always with you......................

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    take care sanga...... We need u...team needs you............

  • hemanthabandara on July 5, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I as a Sri lankan and a crazy fan of Mr. Kumar Sangakkara, really appreciate and proud of the way he delivered his lecture so bravely, in that sense i am proud to be a sri lankan because of the rare humans like Sanga not because of the men in our cricket board and the Parliament...i am with you Sanga !!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    I've long admired Kumar as a batsman, now I admire him as a man - a man of true integrity, and there aren't many left.

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Great work man..... Great time to rise and save our cricket..... U r the best cricketer in the world........ Budu Saranai Sanga..... V r proud of U.....

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    @amilag! Dont just read it. Hear it from the voice of the man himself. I am an Indian and was moved. As a fellow Sri Lankan you too will be.

  • addiemanav on July 5, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    brave effort from sanga!!not easy to speak against your own board!!very few players have the courage to say things like that!!but the future of sanga will depend on how their board reacts!!he shud be ready to face newer battles!!best of luck to sanga!!

  • jackiethepen on July 5, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    How inspiring. I remember that Sangakarra once walked in a game against England before the umpire had given him out and even before Broad had appealed. He is that kind of man. It is really moving that he is drawing so much from the great game of cricket. He is a brave man and upright. To step into the public arena and say these things, to call for probity and decency, is a marvellous example to everyone. It shames those who have put themselves before their country. I hope the England team appreciate his spirit of cricket is a greater thing than the so-called 'passion' that obstructs batsmen and swears at umpires.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    A great speech from a great personality. No words to say. I hope this will open the eyes some of the politicians. But I'm afraid it may not happen. This is speech already shake in the sport ministry. The sport minister's media conference confirms that.

  • paulnath2 on July 5, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    great speech kumar.You've exposed the current situation of the SL cricket to the world.Then I want to say something as a die hard fan of SL cricket from NORTH.I think cricket is the only thing that unite us with other part of country.We cheer when lankans scoring runs or taking wickets of other team.so SL cricket has got a big responsibility on its shoulders to use this feeling to re conciliate. though it's not so easy,it's achievable.SL cricket can expand the area of searching to all part of our beautiful country.

  • Roar911 on July 5, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    just as GLORIOUS as your cover-drives.... expected nothing less from this lion. \m/

  • devinpera on July 5, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    agree with you cricket205.... good speech but that will cut short Kumar's journey and automatically Mahela's journey in the cricket field... This moment I'm sure the politicians and the corrupt board must be waiting their arrival to interrogate the contents of Kumar's speech.....

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Hey Sanga, Congratulations! all cricket fans with tou. You did a nother wonderfull innings for our country. Now is time to our team to back to Sanga and together with him in a future. So we dont like to see again 2011 word cup in our future.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    All these Asian countries cricket Boards have a great impact of the ruling parties,Its a mind boggling decision to include sanath jayasuriya at the age of 41 in the national side.All these politicians are creating problems for these cricketers.No one wants to see politics in cricket....well done Sanga!!!, atleast you have th guts to say this in front of the whole world!!!

  • sams235 on July 5, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    I am from India and applaud Sanga for what he has done. I think every cricket board is south asia is plagued by politics.

  • sanath007 on July 5, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    What courage from a great person, knowing the politics in Sri Lanka i won't be suprised from now on they'll hammer Sanga, but Sanga remember WE ARE WITH YOU. what you have said is 100% correct

  • Paresh.K on July 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    if ICC wants to keep cricket clean and to run as per laws, make this man the ICC president now. He will make sure that cricket grows from a 10 test nation playing game to 20+ nations. it require guts and gumption to speak at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord's. And rather than going for glory and personal fame. Sangakkara - spoke on the behalf of Cricket. Sangakkara - you always had my respect - but I am humbled by you.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Sangakara -I always admired him as an erudite and educated man....great speech requires lot of guts to do that....

  • kickittome70 on July 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    we love you Sangy here in Australia - you are the best

  • ChuckyDoll on July 5, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    IPL to the rescue!! :) No worries, Sanga. Bravo.....Bravo..... I stand up in here in Chicago and salute you.

  • khiladisher on July 5, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    SANGA HAS ENHANCED HIS STATURE AND REPUTATION ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH FREE,FRANK AND HONEST VIEWS.HE HAS SACRIFICED HIS PERSONAL INTEREST AND HAS GIVEN VOICE TO THE FEELING OF MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD,WHO FEEL THAT THE GAME OF CRICKET HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY VESTED INTERESTS. IT TAKES A MAN OF COURAGE,MORALS AND CONVICTION TO TAKE ON A CORRUPT ESTABLISHMENT IN SRI LANKA.HE IS A TRUE HERO OF SRI LANKA FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THERE TAMIL,SINHALESE ,HINDU,BUDDHIST AND ISLAM.WELL SAID SANGA ,EVEN FROM A HARD CORE INDIAN FAN-I SALUTE YOU.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Kudos to Kumar Sangakkara, It was brave and gutsy to call out the establishment.

    As a Sri Lankan it makes me proud that a small country like ours can produce world beaters who are not afraid to call a spade a spade. (I wish an Indian and Pakistani cricketer will also step up and speak the truth about their respective cricket boards like Kumar)

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Hail Kumar Sangakkara

    Cricket is a gentlemen's game and you played the game in that spirit and now you come out as a true hero of our time to deliver this speech in the best interest of the game and for the love our great nation.

    This is probably the best speech delivered by a Sri Lankan at the cricket head quarters after the speech made by late Mr Gamini Dissanayake in early 80's which enabled us to get test status.

    May all the blessing's be with you when you get back to Sri Lanka.

    Bravo my friend you are the best

  • manjithakumara on July 5, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    One of the most respected, talented cricketers and a well educated person. This is the kind of players Game of Cricket needs to have. However now I am afraid that life is not going to be easy for Sangakkara. I saw in news that the SL sports minister has already asked for a report on what Sangakkara said at the lecture is true or not. It will be a tough going for him from here on.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara has made the most important speech in srilankan cricket. it's a great speech about Srilanka.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Kummar Sanga..., you are the man. Like Chris Gayle you have taken a stand. Lets unite and fight this idiots at the helm of our beloved sport. Let's protect the game. You are the man, HATS OFF TO YOU SIR KUMMMAR!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Kummar Sanga..., you are the man. Like Chris Gayle you have taken a stand. Lets unite and fight this idiots at the helm of our beloved sport. Let's protect the game. You are the man, HATS OFF TO YOU SIR KUMMMAR!!!

  • Sabi79 on July 5, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Men are Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 5, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    What board, in their right mind, will include an old and out of touch player to fly all the way to England to play in One T20 and one ODI and then call it quits? Was this done because of some back scratching? How idiotic is that? SL fans may criticize BCCI for all it's fault, but you cannot fault the way the board is run. Not like SLC. Sanga..if anything happens to you, please flee to India. We need you here.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    I am not a Srilankan. But I respect Sangakkara more than my own county's players. He truly showed how much loyal he is to his country's cricket

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Sanga, I feel that you have already scored 100,000 test run as a Sri lankan cricketer during you last international cricket tour. Well done lion heart

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Well said Sanga ! Hope this would not hinder your cricketing future !

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    You are the honest and educated cricketer i have ever seen.some time this speech will force to the way your retirement.but it is does.nt matter always we are with you sanga..................

  • cricket205 on July 5, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Finally we have got it from someone who really cares for Sri Lanka Cricket. We had Atapattu then and now Kumar expressing their concerns of the political interference in a sport that majority of the people in Lanka embraces. The selectors and some of the players can share the blame for the corruption that been going on for many years. Will this fix the problems ...i have my gravest doubts...Arjuna Ranatunga tried and was put to the sword and my fear is that Kumar may face the same fate for his comments. Been there and seen it all happen.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Now, I am really worried about Sanga's future. Yet, It appears that he has taken a stand and will stick to it, in spite of the consequences. All the best to Sri Lankan cricket. Whateva might happen, this impassioned plea of Sanga makes me feel happy that in this age of IPL and quick money, still some men of honor are left. Respect to you.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Great Sanga, u really inspired us in and out of the field , wish you all the best, thumbs up

  • Vilander on July 5, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    WOW, Hero.. people are going to follow you now my man. You Hero.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Hey Sanga, Congratulations! It takes a lot of guts to say what you said especially you are still in the team. I am proud of you for bringing up the dark side of SL cricket. I am a Pakistani cricket fan and I can relate to SLankan cricket. I will be supporting you even more. You are a brave man!

  • Sri_Lanka_Forever on July 5, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Great work Sanga, you are a symbol of courage, honesty and integrity. News is that the sports minister has ordered the cricket board to investigate your speech and we hope nothing unfortunate happens to you. You know it is those same people who went to town claiming the opportunity you got to deliver this speech is a tribute to the whole country. Now that you spoke your heart out, it won't please those corrupt parties and allow them label you as a so-called traitor. The true cricket loving public of the country is always with you and let us safeguard our cricket without the influences of corrupt politicians and adminstrators. Hail Sanga..!!

  • SLfan on July 5, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Hats off Sanga for your brave speech.We need people like you to stand against the corruption, and get our Cricket back in to track..I guess Marvan is really coaching well ;)

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    You are the MAN!!! God Bless u

  • Faizal23 on July 5, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    It is also an exciting period for cricket where the reintegration of isolated communities in the north and east opens up new talent pools.......... This should not be in words, should be in action.... well said Sanga............

  • doorman on July 5, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Excellent speech! Spot on! Brave too ... hope you do not suffer repercussions.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    finally da cat came out of da sack, well said sanga, whatever hapeens we r with u. lets make cricket free from politics... we need u for that. u'r an true icon, a real sri lankan

  • Herath-UK on July 5, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Sanga is right here but this is common to all Asian boards,uncalled for to point out only SLC. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • GKA1996 on July 5, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Great stuff Kumar great stuff !!!!!!!! We Sri Lankans are really proud of you......

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    A speech as classy as his batting!!! You are real hero Sanga. Kudos from this Indian fan for a brutally honest speech!!!

  • mubs.crazy on July 5, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Sanga!!! your simply brilliant. Hats Off mate!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Congrats Sanga! Just listened to the full hour. It was great to see that you had the conviction to call out the board. Keep doing us proud. I was a little surprised you never mentioned Vaas in your speech. Why is he so underrated by everyone?

  • megaCricFan on July 5, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Sanga is very talented. However I hope these statements dont end his career. He has still long ways to go. I am from India, and do admire what Sanga brings to the cricket and it would be shame if it affects his career. There is always a advantages and disadvantages when the game is run as business. Same goes in India, back in 70s, 80s when India started doing well in cricket it became a business, and controlled by few rich people. However there are also plenty of people behind the scenes working hard to keep the spirit of cricket alive, and it improves the game, and now India is no 1, and almost controls ICC. Sanga has to work from inside to bring that kinda of change to Sri Lankan cricket. I can see Sanga's leadership, and he is capable of doing that on and off the field. However public statements like this can only ruin his career. I wish him good luck and hope he can change is tactics on how to deal with these situations.

  • Sulaimaan91 on July 5, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    The only cricketer who has been close to perfect in both, on field and off field. Gutsy speech, but he has put many things at stake, for him personally, by speaking out.

  • Stark62 on July 5, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Great speech by Sanga and it opens up sooooo many questions.

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Well said Sanga....!!!!!

  • JoshTCK on July 5, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Sanga, congratulations on delivering a great and gutsy speech. I've always been impressed by your cricketing skills and captaincy. Visionless and corrupt politicians in SL should give heed to the recent outcome of the WC Final and this speech and realize they are throttling the Goose that lays golden eggs for the nation. I love cricket but there is a much bigger stage than cricket where talented leaders like you could make a huge difference for the future of Sri Lanka. I hope that you will enter that stage at the right moment. Respice Finem!

  • sunil_t on July 5, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Hats off to you Kumar, for your convections and courage. We are proud of you.

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Its one hell of a great speech from a class act. I truly believe only srilankans aint facing this disaster but also the other asian countries. I reckon all players from Asia shud gather courage from this speech & fix the issues. Though im a Bangladeshi but im still proud of you Sanga! Hats off to you! You'r the best!.

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    well done kuma sangakkra, we all are proud of you as sri lankan. This is the best speech I ever have heard. I we wish you best of luck in future. We need people like you to improve cricket not only in sri lanka but all over the world. Chandra Gajasinghe

  • shuveshek on July 5, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Awesome lecture...This man has just earned my respect.....Loved it..

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    well said sanga.....you proved that you have guts to say things.....somebody should talk.....all the best.....take care....

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Proud of you man....Great speech

  • KingOwl on July 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    We admire your guts, Kumar. Well said! Remember that all of us passionate fans hold the same views and we all despise the despicable cronies that we know so well. Great to hear you talk about unity between communities. Very appropriate for SL. Get together with Murali and please do something substantive towards this objective.

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is the one of the best cricketers in the world. It is a great, brave and open speech, but I am fearing about his brave and open speech, because of this may be he will lose his cricket career. Hope for the best...........

  • anver777 on July 5, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Hats Off !!!! a "Straight Bat" hit by Very straight forward Sanga .......

  • adis26 on July 5, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Tendulkar has got it but after him this is one guy who certainly deserves the title "Lord" or "Sir" added to his name for the way he represents cricket. It is hard not to give this man immense amount of respect both on and off the field.

  • asakas on July 5, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Great Speeech...But might not be the best place to deliver....

  • rustyryan on July 5, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Sanga, I'm from India and importantly from Tamil Nadu. I had to say Thanks a lot for one of the most important and diplomatic speech. I just heard that and spell bounded. Your speech epitomize the new hope for the Island. I wish you all the very best for your efforts towards reconciliation and recovery.

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    i love how he sed dat everytime he plays he tries to be "worthy" of wat da checkpoint soldier had sed to him.. a tru champion... =]

  • Nuwas on July 5, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    well, can't find any better man than Sanga to address on the current dilemma of SL Cricket. simply the greatest speech I've ever heard from a cricketer... gratz...

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Well said Mr. Sangakkara. Your fearless and true speech shows there are still few honest sportive personalities exist in this world. Wish you all the best in your future plans. Hope your courage will guide the younger generation to the good of the game.

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    This had to come out somehow, somewhere and by someone and wouldn't have come from a better person than you..hats off!

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Very good player in Test and one day / 20-20

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Outstanding Kumar!! Thank you for being honest as always

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    so proud to be a sri lankan. honest and well educted kumar delivered a best speach by any sports man in the world. good luck for ur bright future.

  • homerr on July 5, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Great stuff Kumar great stuff !!!!!!!! We Sri Lankans are really proud of you......

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    For me, he is the most respected, talented well educated crickter at the moment, although i am a PAK fan, but respect him the most, and i am sure, with his honesty he will do well in changing the SL cricket

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Super one Kumar, we need Fortitude .....guys like u is a rarity....

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    your the best cricketer in asia.as a srilankan i will wish u all the best.u r the gread power to srilanka.u & mahela is the best educated cricketer in srilankan team.we dont like to miss borth of u.

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    execellent cricketer who has everything

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    hi sangakkara mind boggling open heart speech welcome to the cricket legend group

    respect ur wisdom

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    I'm an Indian....but Kumara Sangakarra is one of the finest players ever to grace the sport, and one of the finest of the gentlemen athletes to step onto the field. hats off to him...our country is no less in need of this kind of motivation as well!!!!....

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Ive always appreciated this man's honesty and the way he plays in the spirit of the game if not always for the way he plays. Only one word for such a legend...RESPECT!!!! way to go Sanga!!

  • sandunsba on July 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    most talented cricketer MR kumar sangakkara.all the srilankans who love cricket are 100% agree with you sanga.i think cricketers must lead slcb in future.not those who even played a cricket match.but the fact is there is no room for real cricket lovers in slcb.thats the tragedy.if the situvation turns to good in future our cricket can go more far away with our greatest talents.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    we with u Sanga!!! u ar totally carrect!!!

  • sonutikam on July 5, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    If these words are coming from Mr. Integrity, then i believe SL cricket isnt heading in the right direction. Nobody can doubt Sangas passion/ dedication towards cricket. Hats off to u Sanga for coming forward with this bitter truth. U have earned special respect from those group of people who are really passionate about cricket.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    great work sanga..such a brilliant one.

  • siriherath on July 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Well spoken and even better structured! SL Management (and Govt.) better get that finger out and start doing something. (Today, I am very proud to have been born in Harasgama, Matale).

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    It is so disappointed to lose a great leader like Sangakkara. I hope he will continue to play for Sri lanka for a long time. U-r simply the best.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    i am an indian a fan of indian cricket team srt,md but also a great fan of sanga a brillant speech and this shows the how much frustatioun is their in player sri lanka players coz of board but a great speech sanga

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Sngakara as a cricketer, as a sportsman and as an ambassador of his country and the game. I agree with Karthikeyn and endorse when he says.."he is easily the most well spoken cricketer from Asia...i cant wait him to take the commentary box..kudos man..thanks for keeping cricket honest and clean!"

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Well!! It is a very brave statement. This is the different between an educated cricketer and a normal cricketer. Hope u will continue to keep your great form as well in the same manner.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    You are a hero sanga and also a high class speech from a high class person....

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Brilliant Speech Sanga .. Its allways facinating to hear you speak. lecture was simply amazing. Damn Proud of u and our mother nation.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    hats off to you Mr. Sangakkara

  • HILMY10730603 on July 5, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    When I first came to know that Sanga is going to be the Person to deliver the MCC SoC Lecture, I thought you will making a lasting impression. You have done it we all are proud of you. Hats off for you Dear Sanga. You have proved that you are a gentleman not only on field, but rather beyond the Cricket Ground.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Well said Sir, AS a Sri Lankan, and a cricket lover, I am proud to note, we still have people with guts who could call a spade a spade.Cleaning up SLC is a must and I strongly believe that you have the strength in all fields required, to do so. Rest assured you'll have the entire Nations backing at all times, as Cricket is the only thing that gets the the whole nation united at all times, by far.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Absolutely superb innings Sanga, wonderful strokes of english language, articulation ,richness and vividity from the master stroke player. Hope majority sri lankans can understand the true meaning behind his patriotic , enlightening brave, swashbuckling speech. for a moment i am proud to be a sri lankan and it would have been fantastic if you finish by saying " above all i am a human being "" great son, cheers dr.herath, brisbane, australia

  • CricSpirit on July 5, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Nice Speak Sanga!! Hope you will play SL for a long time to come. Still think you should lead the SL team. Good Luck

  • Allen.Arendtsz on July 5, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Surely one of the finest players in world cricket. Excellent speech given out by Kumar Sangakkara he really inspired many people with his exotic speech.I truly believe Sri Lankan cricket would excel if a class act like Kumar Sangakkara stays in the team for a long period of time, which would surely become a huge benefit in the teams prospective, both on and off the field. Well done SANGA keep going.

  • SAcharo on July 5, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Am great admirer of Sangakara - his captaincy and batting and especially his match interviews are one of the best you could listen to. Hats of to you Sangakara, you are a great person.

  • mits6 on July 5, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    jaya and sanga are same to indian counterparts of tendulkar , dravid & laxman loyal to their nation & and royal in character. plus these guys are right more than 90% times on their stand. Really admirable gentlemen.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Kumar being a past cricketer from Central Province and Kandy Cricket Club I am very proud of your torrential eloquence you displayed when you delivered the speech at Lords. It was so soothing that it was like a glorious cover drive Sir Collin Cowdery use to play in the past and you play at present, at Lords cricket grounds. It was wonderful to hear you, when you got into the attacking mood as well. The Cricket adminstrators & the politicians should take note of. It was brilliant. I am sure you will excel both on the field & off the field ,with your brilliant stroke play and soothing eloquence for a long time to come

  • Karthik_CricketFan on July 5, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Sanga surely has a role to play in the country's cricket after his retirement.

  • crazyworldthis on July 5, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    I always heard comments on how Sanga is a Gentleman, upholds spirit, yadda,yadda.... Today he has shown he is truly above all cricketers. He stands to lose his place in the side or atleast get in the bad books of the administrators now. Not even Dhoni would do that and i am Dhoni's biggest fan. Sanga has shown he has balls to stand up for what is right

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Decent, a professional cricketer. Well done Kumar....kamal/

  • acviline on July 5, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    true gentlemen.... U Great Mr Sangakkara.. U Are a Hero.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Excellent speech from a great sportsman and it has given some hints about the bitter truth of the world cup final, which was not the true nature of Sri Lankan Team. Any way hats off to Sanga.............................

  • ISURUKSA on July 5, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Sanga, dnt think about anything just keep scoring 100s 200s in tests and 50s 70s in ODIs despite any opposition,no complacency,and continue to show that you are the greatest batsman in modern era just like Tendulkar,Dravid. You and Aravinda De silva two of the very best batsmen of all time in history of cricket,prove it for another 5 to 6 years, tests and ODIs...just focus on that only,wish you great Sanga,We proud that we have a great batsmen like you & Mahela... Whole World waiting for your performances,it doesn't matter English fan or any other fan,all impress with you and Mahela high quality players,

  • ISURUKSA on July 5, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Sanga, u one of all time greatest Cricketers the world has ever seen. You definitely belong to the greatest elite of all time list players like Viv Richerds, Sachin Tendulkar,Brian Lara,Ricky Ponting,Aravinda De silva,Rahul Dravid. Special players they are.Your greatest cricketing ability always impressed by such fantastic commentators such as Nasser Hussain,Mike Atherton,David Gower,Mike Haysman,Mark Nicholas,David Lloyd,Tony Greg,Harsha Bhogle. They believe you are the great player,we are so proud about you whenever they impress u..Sanga please you must stick to the consistency whatever format of the game,you're brilliant player,everyone one respects you particularly English players,they used to see you as a high quality batsman,you proved you are still a genius in Eng/Aus/RSA/Nzl conditions pace and bouncy seaming piches,keep it up for remaining ODIs as well with the England,show no sympathy on any opposition,just keep scoring put England under further pressure before Indian series

  • taniap on July 5, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Saying it as is it without fear or favor. Well done Sanga!

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Great Speech. 100% truly comments. thanks sangakkara. you are a great person.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Hope our administrators will take this as constructive basis. I am not a fan of washing our dirty linen on international stage, but things have deteriorated to such degree in SLC that I feel Sanga needed such stage to put his message across. Must thank for your bold step to improve our cricket.

  • amilag on July 5, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Sadly most of the comments are by reading the quoted news but not listening or reading Sanga's speech sadly.

    It is a great speech by mixing and blending his experiences over life and cricket which reflects a cross section of Sri Lankan's life and quest of SL cricket fan over few decades. I couldn't take my eyes off from reading his lecture until its end.

    This our story of cricket and hardship of our live in this motherland. We are in debt to you putting it to words.....Most of the comments are by reading the quoted news but not listening or reading Sanga's speech fully .

    It is a great speech by mixing and blending his experiences of personnel life and cricket which reflects a cross section of Sri Lankan's life and the quest of SL cricket fan for success over few decades.

    This our story of cricket and hardship of our lives we went through for years in Sri Lanka. We are in debt to you putting it to words.....

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Hats off Sanga !! GREAT specch! The so called LEADERS of our nation have a great deal to learn from this fantastic guy on how to deliver QUALITY speeches. In my opinion Sanga has been the best captain Sri Lankan cricket team has ever had.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    He spoke his heart...............!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    A classy wicketkeeper, a classy batsman, a classy captain but more importantly a classy person.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Sanga has spoken for India, Pak, Bangladesh and SL together, hope he achieved more milestones for SL.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Well said Kumar.God bless and Good Luck.

  • CSK-FAN on July 5, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I wish some of his mates stand up with him. Sanga needs more players to support him to get what Cricket needs!

  • yorkslanka on July 5, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    well said sanga, you said what all SL fans outside of sl are thinking...it is getting to the stage now where the local politics is impacting on our cricket and that cant be allowed to happen. I alos like your comments about cricket integrating the people of sri lanka and i hope in the future, it helps to do that and our cricket grows from strength to strength...

  • rhtdm302 on July 5, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Great and Bold Speech! Will he still be in the Team after this. Definitely up for debate.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Brilliant Sanga. I am proud to have seen you play Cricket. You carry rich traditions on and off the pitch and a true gentleman. A standing ovation at MCC? Mind blowing!!!!! Well done

  • Rabies on July 5, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    I am from Zimbabwe- and just wish there were more Like KS- he is clearly the sort of leader the game needs desperately- not only in his own country, but as a voice of integrity and honour that those in positions of responsibility need to listen to everywhere the game is played!

  • himanshu.team on July 5, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Somehow looking at his play and his captaincy, I never believed Sangakara can ever by so forthright. This may look like a political speech (and who knows it is one!), but it certainly has struck all the right chords.

    I sincerely hope, SL cricket takes a turn for the better.

    All the best to Sangakara and SL cricket.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Well done Sanga You have said how it is ,hope you are not going away or retireing from the game ,cricket a gentlemen game and you are a true gent.we hope to see you in Australia for the 1dayers

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Love u honest sanga. I remember a event when no one appeal for ur caught behind even not broad or musterd bt u leave the crease..... Hats off u gr8est

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    sanga, you r truly a gentleman .....! love u forever...!

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    U are simply superb!!! We need more players like to play this wonderful game with the sprite of the game. All real lovers of cricket will always stand by you.

  • ChampikaDJ on July 5, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Sanga you are the Brilliant cricketer who I ever seen. You already have proofed what is the personality of cricketer. There are lots of your fans to wish you, I will wish on behalf of them, good luck for ever.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Wonderful ! proud of you, hope you will be taking over the team back if the administration changes

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Well unfortunately this concern of Sanga applies to cricketing countries which has mass following! Otherwise how can one explain the likes of Powars,Srinivasans, Shulas & Jailtleys of the world getting in to cricket administration in India! Same holds good in Pakistan as well.

  • rajithwijepura on July 5, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    That was a brave & honest speech from a man who love to country as much as he love to his game. I still remember every moment, every stroke you played in your best inning against Australia (195 @ Hobbart) which you fought hard for your country. But from tomorrow onwards I will consider this one as the bravest inning you play for your country... My country.... I will thank you my captain, my leader. God bless you

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Excellent speech Sanga. You are not only one of the best batsman in the world but a well spoken and intellectual person who has given many cricket loving fans like me, much more than just cricket.

    You are one of the few Lankans who can unite our country together and eradicate the language divide and I wish you and your team every success.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    A truck of trues came out from this great gentleman in the cricket ever. His fearless speech made up a way for bright future not only to SL cricket but also it lead to many other players from other nations to come up withe real trues.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    I'm from India, and im a huge Fan of Sangakara from his early days. I love the way he speaks so professionally, hugely talented cricketer and the way he represent himself is truly awesome!

    Good luck for future sanga! Keep rocking!

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Brilliant Stuff 4rom Sanga True Inspiration!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I was privileged to be present at Kumar's lecture. He is an impassioned speaker and fascinating to listen to.

  • Mogadon on July 5, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    As ever, a man of integrity and honesty. An example to us all on and off the pitch.

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    A Brilliant Speech Kumar. We are really proud of you. All the best

  • devinpera on July 5, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Sanga,hope you'll be able come back to SL and live in peace after that wonderful....wonderful speach.... we don't wanna lose your talent too early..

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Genuine, greatly talented, decent, a professional cricketer and a well educated person the nation has ever produced. He is a champ.

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    U Great Mr Sangakkakara.. U Are the Herooo

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Am an Indian fan but huge admirer of sangakkara..he is easily the most well spoken cricketer from Asia...i cant wait him to take the commentary box..kudos man..thanks for keeping cricket honest and clean!

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Real captain's speech !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hats Off

  • Akheel on July 5, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Dint expect any thing less from you Bro. R.E.S.P.E.C.T! Go well....

  • Dr.Lakson on July 5, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Brilliant knock. I will stop watching SL cricket until the admin situation changes!

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Hats off to u my brother. U r simply great.

  • on July 5, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    WOW.....This which way you must go...MAXAAA.... Go head we with you all the time....

  • on July 5, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    kudos... Mr. sangakkara His statements are indeed a eye opener for srilankan cricket

  • on July 5, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    The man who taught us to play cricket as gentlement's , is really a Hero

  • Dr.J.P on July 5, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Hats off Sangakkara! Never expected such an inspirational and proud lecture from a crickete. Salute you for your patriotism and appreciate your classy and stylish delivery of the speech.

  • Bamunawala on July 5, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Hats off for a wonderful lecture! It's indeed a best talk I have listened about Sri Lankan Cricket. A true gentleman and of course a wonderful ambassador for Sri Lanka.

  • danieldcric10 on July 5, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    I knew it....right from the day i first watched him play for Srilanka in a triangular Morroco cup circa 2002 when he had a career best score of 90, a batting average of paltry 25 odd and a strike rate of 69 and notably a fan following probably non-existent, i knew this guy had that spark to woo world cricket and the entire cricketing fraternity someday not only with his cricketing acumen but with his overall personality, demeanor and integrity.....there you go!!!... i am proud of him today...i am a Nepali but Sangakkara makes me feel the pulse of Srilanka cricket and cricket as a sport as a whole... would love to meet him in person someday!!

  • shahzad142 on July 5, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    i m from Pakistan but i have to admit that Sanga is the true ambassador of cricket, true gentleman and a great cricketer. you rock my friend!!! Good luck to you.

  • on July 5, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Im really proud of you sanga... you are a complete man.. great...

  • on July 5, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Gotta say Im sooo damn proud to be a Sri Lankan :-)!!

  • Horn.OK.Please on July 5, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Sanga has called a spade a spade..or to put it in his own lingo, a head a head and a tail a tail...No confusion, great combination.

  • TerryRoberts on July 5, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    WOW!!! Sanga uv guts to speak like that about ur own board... hope it makes an impact!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    yep hez a true leader.....

  • dmsameera on July 5, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    gentlemen man!!!!!!!!!! you are the best cricketer and u have very good personality. good luck Sanga....

  • A_HTIMAN on July 5, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    The best innings played by Sangakkara so far. Absorbed the pressure really well. Driven powerfully through the points to hit where it matters most. Classic Hats off (bow)

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    That was an excellent piece of work Kumar, and we support you right along. As commented by so many others, we see a true, honest & fearless sportsman after a very long time in Sri Lankan history. We admire your gentleman qualities always and only hope that Sri Lanka could have many more of your calibre - What a lovely island would it be!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kareem and Sharmeen

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Sanga, you are the man.. Bravo sanga.. you are a legend not only in the game.. As a sport man..

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Hats off sanga.. We know u r truly a gentleman .

  • Ezycalm on July 5, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    bloody brilliant.........

  • Prasdhoni on July 5, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Inspirational speech sanga!!!!!Proud to be your die-hard Fan!!!!!:)

  • AvidFanDownUnder on July 5, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Excellent speech by a brilliant thinker who also happens to be a great cricketer...he is an asset to SL cricket and is one of the reasons I supported SL even during the troubled times...keep it up Sanga!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    This is exactly what we need. Hats off to you Sangakkara for showing courage and honesty. You're what Sri Lanka need !!

  • courierpost on July 5, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    This had to come we all watch the world cup final and kind of knew something was not right. Thanks now we feel much better , good on you.

  • zingzangspillip on July 5, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    I think the WICB could learn a lot from Sangakkara. He's a very impressive individual.

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    What Sangakkara has said about SLC admin applies more or less to many other cricketing bodies and other sports bodies in general. When sports turned from soul-uplifting entertainment to a professional pursuit, it had lost on its way somewhere the original purpose and has become a money chasing activity. Sporting excellence and development have been subordinated to earn power and clout. The tragedy is it is not a widespread malaise but the few who have caught this disease have polluted the entire ecosystem. Weeding out the malcontent and repurposing sport is an urgent but gigantic challenge that lies ahead for administrators and sportsmen alike. Fans like us need to encourage the rt persons and rt moves and rt motives in any which we can.

  • shehanable on July 5, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Good job Sanga. Good job.

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    By far the best speech I heard from a SL sporting star for a long long time !!!!

    U are a legend sanga!!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Far the best speech I heard from a SL sporting star for a long long time !!!! U are a legend sanga !!!

  • schathuranga on July 5, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    can u please take over the management..????we support u.but after retire..ok..

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Well sed Sanga. You have true character and guts to talk about the reality !

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    WONDERFUL SPEECH SANGA!!!! MADE ME PROUD AS A SRI LANKAN :)

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    listened for whole hour speech...n it was exciting and worthy to of every second.......sanga rocks..!!

  • DwightR on July 5, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    what a man! truly a legend of the game and a noble human filled with integrity. well done sanga, i just finished listening to the speech and it was amazing listening to the history of the game in our country. It takes guts to call out the board while still being an integral part of the team but it had to be said. Whatever happened during the World Cup final must have been big for him to put himself on the line like this. Sanga, you are a brillant, inspiring individual.

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Real ambassador of Sri Lankan Cricket.....!!

  • Black_Rider on July 5, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Hats off to you mate......You are brave....We Sri lankans are always with you.....

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    well done sanga............ we all with u......... cheers............ :)

  • Last_Knight on July 5, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Sanga your greatest innings so far... You are a true Lion in Lion Nation.

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Great man. Great cricketer. Great person. Best of Luck!

  • SagirParkar on July 5, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    hats off to Sanga for that !!

  • vedichitesh on July 5, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Solid .....is the only word to describe Sanga

  • on July 5, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Sangakkara you beauty !!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Inspirational...I would love to hear about indian cricket administration from either Dravid or Tendulkar.

  • cric-procrastinator on July 5, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    I think sangakkara is laying the foundation to play only in IPL and retire from international cricket

  • Impactzone on July 5, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Well said that man. Let us hope the powers that be do not crucify him for honesty.

  • Supun679 on July 5, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    sanga is AWESOME!!!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Very impressive speaker, cricketer and all-round man.

  • rade2rising on July 5, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Hats off to Sanga ! what a brave & great person. respect !!

  • Vasum on July 5, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Well delivered speech, Way to go Sanga. All the best.

  • charlzy_33 on July 5, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Legend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • zamanmb on July 5, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    Salute to you Sanga...you are a leader and asset of SL Cricket!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Well said Kumar....i always admired you as a cricketer.

  • CanGrit on July 5, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    Sangakkara is a true gentleman...man with guts and charcter. He was a great leader to our cricket team..We miss u Sanga we need u back..we need someone brave like you to lead our team into the future.We all love this game dearly and he knows this a way to bring unity between all the Sri Lankan brothers and sisters. He is a great thinker. I admire u Sanga and I salute you!!!!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    Well said Sanga,"cricket boards had to be free"

  • on July 5, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Guy's a stand up guy. Takes a lot of guts for someone with his stature--and for someone who has so much to loose--to stand up against the establishment. I hope it results in something good for SLC.

  • on July 5, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Yes! we need many more like you,thanks for courage on the field and passion for common people ,ultimately love for the game. Hnag in no matter what-- need 2/centuries from you in the world cup. Best of luck.

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    omg, what will be the fate of the Sri Lankan cricket?

  • Drew2 on July 4, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    I'm with you Chinthaka Fernando, except I'd like to see another 4 years out of him. The man is not only a superstar but a gentleman and a person of integrity. World cricket can't afford to prematurely lose players of this calibre.

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    I watched you were visiting Northern schools to promote Cricket. Today you talked about expanding the talent pool. I listen to your speech in Florida. Great! I am sure Arjuna Ranatunga will join you. No body can shake you. Keep it up...!

  • offcutter on July 4, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    Savvy_1, What exactly do you mean by referring to Sri Lanka as a small nation? Its population is about 20 million (Australia's is about 22). This is about four or five times the size of NZ, getting on for twice the number in Zimbabwe, and vastly bigger than the West Indies, and three times the number of inhabitants as Ireland. As far as other cricket playing nations go, it is obviously much smaller than Pakistan, Bangladesh, S.A, England, and, of course, India, but it seems slightly patronising to speak of it as 'a small nation'. Otherwise, I endorse you wise sentiments entirely.

  • Meety on July 4, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Very good cricketer, great man! Always admired this guy.

  • thurc on July 4, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    cricket needs more people like kumar sangakarra, he is as eloquet off the field as his batting is elegant on it

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    theres a reason why this guy is my favourite cricketer and its not all to do with his cricketing ability...hopefully enough influential people can come together to resolve this matter otherwise speeches like this will continue to fall on deaf ears...hopefully the national team can put enough pressure on the admistration to force aa change...or even the icc itself.

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Weldone Kumar... Lets see the feedback from SLC.. if Sanga ruled out from Cricket.. which shows the speech so TRUE

  • Jipster on July 4, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Well said Sanga. Legend !

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Kumar your an Great ASSET ,NOT ONLY TO SRI LANKA BUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD!!!

  • pmaya on July 4, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Hi Kumar mallie, perhaps the best innings, and contribution you have made to Sri Lankan cricket.At least i hope it does become so. Quite selfless really and tremendous admiration for what you have done here. Lets hope the people who have a true interest in the game in Sri Lanka (this includes you) heed your words and continue to work towards the betterment of the game, and the powers at be do all they can to keep them the cronies out. Hats off once again to you, for your courage. Lal aiya

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    What is happening to our cricket at present. Shame.... Shame....!!!!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    I thank you Sanga for bringing this out to public attention ! U are a good sportsman but much more than that I value your great qualities as a true human ! U have the peoples support... No one can do any harm to u !

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    brave guy.....tru spirit

  • SagirParkar on July 4, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    hats off to Sanga for that !!

  • Savvy_1 on July 4, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Great stuff Sanga, what a disgrace the Sri Lankan board are/have been. A small nation torn apart by war where cricket is the uniting force to be hijacked the way it has been is a disgrace. Sanga was born to captain Sri Lanka, as articulate in his eloquence as in his cricket to stand down to make his point is both honourable and sad. I expect this from India and Pakistani boards and I guess Sri Lanka is no different.

    Sanga what a great testament to your maturity for you being asked to give this speech. Well done and maybe one day you will take back the captaincy which you rightly deserve.

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Kumar,At least you have the backbone.... but I'm not sure about your future because, these people come against you for sure... please don't retire prematurely... please stay longer at least for another two years.... good luck sanga for the rest of the tournament....

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  • on July 4, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    Kumar,At least you have the backbone.... but I'm not sure about your future because, these people come against you for sure... please don't retire prematurely... please stay longer at least for another two years.... good luck sanga for the rest of the tournament....

  • Savvy_1 on July 4, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    Great stuff Sanga, what a disgrace the Sri Lankan board are/have been. A small nation torn apart by war where cricket is the uniting force to be hijacked the way it has been is a disgrace. Sanga was born to captain Sri Lanka, as articulate in his eloquence as in his cricket to stand down to make his point is both honourable and sad. I expect this from India and Pakistani boards and I guess Sri Lanka is no different.

    Sanga what a great testament to your maturity for you being asked to give this speech. Well done and maybe one day you will take back the captaincy which you rightly deserve.

  • SagirParkar on July 4, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    hats off to Sanga for that !!

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    brave guy.....tru spirit

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    I thank you Sanga for bringing this out to public attention ! U are a good sportsman but much more than that I value your great qualities as a true human ! U have the peoples support... No one can do any harm to u !

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    What is happening to our cricket at present. Shame.... Shame....!!!!!

  • pmaya on July 4, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    Hi Kumar mallie, perhaps the best innings, and contribution you have made to Sri Lankan cricket.At least i hope it does become so. Quite selfless really and tremendous admiration for what you have done here. Lets hope the people who have a true interest in the game in Sri Lanka (this includes you) heed your words and continue to work towards the betterment of the game, and the powers at be do all they can to keep them the cronies out. Hats off once again to you, for your courage. Lal aiya

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Kumar your an Great ASSET ,NOT ONLY TO SRI LANKA BUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD!!!

  • Jipster on July 4, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Well said Sanga. Legend !

  • on July 4, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Weldone Kumar... Lets see the feedback from SLC.. if Sanga ruled out from Cricket.. which shows the speech so TRUE