Sri Lanka news December 22, 2012

SLC to probe Jayawardene's comments to newspaper


Sri Lanka Cricket's Executive Committee will review the actions of captain Mahela Jayawardene and team manager Charith Senanayake, after Jayawardene said he had "lost all confidence in dealing with SLC" in a letter to the Daily Mirror newspaper. Jayawardene's letter had come after the newspaper carried a story about a request from Jayawardene to the SLC, which he had believed was confidential.

Jayawardene's request to the SLC was to have the player's allotment of the guarantee fee from the World Twenty20 shared with the team's support staff as well as Sri Lankan groundstaff and curators, whom he said had worked "closely and tirelessly with the team" during the tournament. This request was turned down by the board, which said it did not wish to "deviate from standard practice".

Details of this request and the SLC's response were obtained by the Daily Mirror, who ran a story on the matter, which also quoted SLC's treasurer Nuski Mohamed laying out the reasons as to why Jayawardene's request was denied. This public airing of an issue Jayawardene believed to be sensitive then prompted him to write a letter to the newspaper.

"As the Captain of the National Team, I am disturbed and deeply disappointed that a confidential document handed over to Sri Lanka Cricket has been published in the Daily Mirror on December 19 causing much concern, embarrassment to players and other staff members," said Jayawardene in the letter, published on December 21. He said that as a result of the story being leaked to the papers, he had "lost all confidence in dealing with SLC in the future".

SLC has since issued a release saying the "release of [Jayawardene's] views through the Manager, direct to the media is a breach of their respective contracts on the part of both the Captain and the Manager and this matter will be taken up for discussion when the Executive Committee next meets."

Jayawardene is due to step down as captain following the end of Sri Lanka's tour to Australia.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent

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  • Johnathon on December 25, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    No Tests in 2013 on the cusp of major retirements from senior players. SLC really trying to destroy Sri Lankan Cricket. If they managed more Test Tours in the 90s/2000s, Murali could have had 1000 Test Wickets instead of only 800

  • Hasitha on December 25, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Dont worry Maiyya We are with u today and always

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    great human being, care taking all helped for the cricket. salute to you

  • Muhammad on December 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Could also mean politics from mahelasince retirement coming close lets get public and staff sympathy, so he can run for the office ......

  • Felix on December 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Mahela, I admire your proposal to share the 20/20 earnings with the support staff. However, if you want to yourself to be truly remembered by the SL as well as world, as a true gentleman, then patch up with Vaas and give him what is due to him. Do not make remarks such as Herath is the second best bowler SL has produced and you had played with. Come on Mahela.. You didn't mean Vaas as the no 1? Right? If Murali was the best, Vaas was the next whether you like it or not. I am beginning to like you, the way you are mentoring the young guys together with Sanga, but hard to digest yet what you have done to Vaas. But its not too late yet. Everyone thinks you pioneered the exit of Vaas from the game sooner than expected. Only your conscious knows and it's up to you to share with the public, if you want to be remembered as one of the best gentleman and a cricketer. Anyway, all the best for the rest of the tour and win both the matches. Give a ring to Vaas and get some advice

  • gnanavelu on December 23, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Feeling bad that such a shameful incident happened due to the lankan board. Player like jaya doesn't deserve this. If a player cant trust his board,that itself speaks volumes of the board's poor management.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    jayawardena..a great many will have the feeling to share amount with curators and ground staffs..

  • Chris on December 23, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Very indescent. How the players can trust the SLC when confidential matters are leaked out to the media? I honour the attitude and thoughts of Mahela. chris Dharnaratne

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    I believe Mahela's retirement in 2007 and even now due to off the field politics. Not only his but also for other guys' who were at the helm.

    This looks like the beginning of end of cricket in SL. This is what happens when partisan cronies are given the steering wheel whose got vested interests.

    Those who are lethargic to read Logart's comments in his report are prompt in acting on these matters!

    People will very soon start turning their backs to cricket which will be good news for SLC.

  • C on December 23, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Mahela is the one of the nicest cricketers playing today. He and Sangakara are totally committed to cricket and I am sure are despondent at the state of affairs.Look at his decision to share the world cup fees with the support staff.This is his way of acknowledging the contribution of the staff to the team cause. SL cricket board leaks the contents of this letter to the press and is now investigating Mahela for communicating with the press directly on this issue. Are they mad? Is this the action of a responsible cricket board? I am an Indian and I care passionately about world cricket and it is so disheartening to see SLC investigating Mahela for their own reprehensible behavior.

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