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SLC to probe Jayawardene's comments to newspaper

Andrew Fernando

December 22, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene speaks at a press conference ahead of the first ODI, Pallekele, October 31, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene was upset that a private matter between him and SLC was leaked to the papers © AFP
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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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Posted by johnathonjosephs 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

Posted by Sanga2014 on (December 25, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Dont worry Maiyya We are with u today and always

Posted by   on (December 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

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

Posted by Faridmalek 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 ......

Posted by Felix1025 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

Posted by gnanzcupid 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.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

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

Posted by Nishamili 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by challagalla 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.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Come and finish your career here in Australia Mahela. We'll look after you.

Posted by DwightR on (December 23, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

lost in this story is the character of Mahela, what a honorable man to offer a piece of the players fee to the ground/support staff. He is pure class on & off the field.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 22, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

WHY do the administrative bodies of the game feel that they are above the law and if players complain then its breach of the contract. It was the same with ECB who leaked the details of KP's confidential meetings with the board chairman and now SLC are playing arrogant by blaming the player instead of accepting their own fault.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (December 22, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

There has been recommendations to the SLC via the ICC regarding Political interference. It is a shame that there is no recommendations regarding how the Board needs to operate internally. This in away could be construed as being an internal matter. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Well, that is what we would think.

However, since the sauce is not good for the gander, Political interference may be welcome as to how the SLC is conducting itself.

Whether Mahela, was right in requesting that the income be shared is another matter. Seeing the state that the SLC is in, they would want to share it among themselves as it could be argued that it was they who organised the tournament.

Are we surprised by the actions of the SLC? No. It would abnormal if they had not behaved otherwise.

I wonder if my response will be allowed to be "aired" Andrew? Your summation and reports on Cricinfo has been excellent and bears good jounalistic attributes.

Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Welcome to Sri Lanka folks..... I would expect a very similar approach by Bangladesh as well.

Posted by 200ondebut on (December 22, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

As a very important Committee member at league cricket level I can say without any doubt that without the sterling effort of administrators around the world there would be no cricket of any standard to talk about. It is us and not the players that make the game what it is - they should get in line and shut up. GnT anyone?

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

All 3 comments of the 22nd show how the public thinl of SLC. Normally they are slow or ignore matters ,but why this hurry when our team is in the midst of a test tour? Typical, from the Sports Minister to the exco, most of them are time servers looking after themselves. If only SLC and Selectors read comments in various onlines critical of them. I for one am now less interested in Cricket as I can see death knell of SL cricket and the empty new stadiums being white elephants. Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

Typical of most cricket boards, they think they are gods of cricket,Whatever they do is fine,but let a player express his views and all hell breaks loose,the player is victimiz ed.

Posted by KingOwl on (December 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

What a ridiculous situation. So, leaking (obviously by SLC) the communication from Mahela to a newspaper is fine. But complaining about it is a breach of contract! What utter nonsense!

Posted by icegreen89 on (December 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Rather typical that they will be probing the release of the comment rather than the leak of the letter. All these boards seem to be doing a credible despot impersonation lately- NZ, SL and of course the BCCI is always right up there.

Posted by Firenze317 on (December 22, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

So sick and tired of administrative powers interfering with the game!!! Disgusting behaviour as usual Sri Lanka Cricket!

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