Sri Lanka news March 5, 2013

Malinga to face SLC inquiry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Perera32 on March 5, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Oh come on, Malinga is one of the nicest people in world cricket. He never sledges cricketers, like other fast bowlers. Even after getting hit for a six, he simles and tried his best next ball. I understand the way he acted on that video on derana, he's probably just frustrated from all the negative things people talk about him in SL (IPL, money,retirement from test cricket ect..), in truth he gives his 100% every game he plays for the country.

  • on March 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT

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

  • ajithabey on March 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

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

  • ms2000 on March 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

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

  • EGWdxb on March 7, 2013, 4:47 GMT

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

  • on March 7, 2013, 1:28 GMT

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

  • pandude1 on March 6, 2013, 22:46 GMT

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

  • on March 6, 2013, 22:13 GMT

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

  • on March 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT

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

  • Rici737 on March 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

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

  • Perera32 on March 5, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Oh come on, Malinga is one of the nicest people in world cricket. He never sledges cricketers, like other fast bowlers. Even after getting hit for a six, he simles and tried his best next ball. I understand the way he acted on that video on derana, he's probably just frustrated from all the negative things people talk about him in SL (IPL, money,retirement from test cricket ect..), in truth he gives his 100% every game he plays for the country.

  • on March 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT

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

  • ajithabey on March 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

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

  • ms2000 on March 7, 2013, 5:39 GMT

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

  • EGWdxb on March 7, 2013, 4:47 GMT

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

  • on March 7, 2013, 1:28 GMT

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

  • pandude1 on March 6, 2013, 22:46 GMT

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

  • on March 6, 2013, 22:13 GMT

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

  • on March 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT

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

  • Rici737 on March 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

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

  • on March 6, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Leave him alone,after all he is human being.

  • Dr.Lakson on March 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Fast bowlers known to be quick tempered. But compared to other fast men Malinga is one of the best off-field behaved cricketers....... Media please leave him alone! If you are unable to come out with something creative to write please quit!

  • on March 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    2/9 - We all know IPL is a domestic team (max of only 4 foreign players are allowed in a team), so, compared to a national team, it's easy to get wickets for Malinga, especially when he bowls at the beginning (with the new bowl) and the end (where batsmen throw away wickets) for runs. So, that's clearly rubbish and sad to hear when you say he didn't play well for Sri Lanka but does will in the IPL. We also know Steyn (South African) is the no. 1 test bowler for no. of years but he also plays in IPL. Then, how he became no. 1? We also know all Indian bowlers play in IPL, so, does that mean we play against India better? No, absolutely NO, if you look at the results of recent matches, you will know. I don't remember a series where we defeated India (either in tests or ODIs) in recent times.

  • on March 6, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    1/9 - Just thought to write this even with this busy schedule, because I felt that's wrong to criticise the cricket players without knowing the facts correctly. Not sure from where to start......well, from the IPL. We all know (hopefully) it's not just Malinga who plays in IPL (or any league for that matter), even, it's not just Sri Lankan players playing in IPL, players from all the countries playing there. Even, it's not Sri Lanka who send the highest no. of players there, its Australia (I wish my facts are right here), then, at least West Indies and South African send more players than us. If we say Malinga plays well in IPL and not for Sri Lanka, that's either you have no sense at all how cricket matches are played in the world now or you just spread the news coming from some STUPID people.

  • on March 6, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Those Press vultures who put words in the mouth of those whom they ask for comments deserve what they got. Good yorker Malinga!

  • on March 6, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    This is a clear Example of what can happen to International players when their agents or managers or scrapped off.(as per the new contract). As Sanga had said Players should be allowed to concentrate more on the Game rather than handle Media or any other off-field matters. Media should have a proper code of ethics, they talk of Media Freedom, but we dont see them actiing ethically. Me myself wont appreciate a Camera and Mic shoved up my face. Who wont be irritated. Anywayz we respect Malinga for what he had given our motherland so far and this will continue to be the same NO MATTER WHAT.

  • on March 6, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Lasith. Behave yourself. U R a national diplomat. Not a thug. Allow us to respect to ur contribution to world cricket in general & to sri lankan cricket in particular. According to ur recent performance in T20 s or ODIs I don`t think u will have a big demand in future. There are better players now.

  • miles100 on March 6, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I have seen a media official poorly attacking Malinga on public TV on Sirasa sports regarding his test retirement and Sanath had to defend him on public TV. some media guy who has never touched a cricket ball in his life criticizing these players was unfair. I think these players should be kept alone if you don't when and how to approach these players. Sri lanka needs more genuine reporters like Andrew Fidel Fernando who know the game well.

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on March 5, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    media should not have approached him. SL players ar enot allowed to speak to the media without permission. poor ethics. agree malinga should have handled it better

  • CricketPissek on March 5, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    As a Vice Captain, Malinga needs to show more diplomacy. However, narrow minded fans keep accusing him of "putting money before country" etc because he retired from Test cricket. Please look at his test record in the last 2 years he played. He could not even finish a single series without getting injured! Bowling 4 overs in a T20 game is a completely different kettle fish, whether it's for IPL or for Sri Lanka. I think it's thoroughly unfair for people to criticise him knowing how badly he was treated by his employer SLC by abandoning him between 2008-2010. Or have you all forgotten that? He has a young family to support and cricket is his profession. He needs media training to deal with the media thugs, but don't insult someone who has done a lot more for Sri Lanka and her image around the world than any of us could ever dream of

  • on March 5, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    There's no doubt he does come out sounding rude. We also have to understand that it's his face a camera or microphone is shoved in. We are all human and bound to say stupid sounding things from time to time.

    Let them conduct an "inquiry". I'm sure this too will blow over like everything else.

  • AKS286 on March 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    He is the most selfish cricketer due to the IPL, BBl he retired from test cricket very early.

  • AiyoSalli on March 5, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Lasith has all the rights to express what he has to say. I think its poor choice of words by him. Being an international player, he should have been more thoughtful. What he should relize is that lots of young kids looks up to them and it is not a good example to show them.

  • Firenze317 on March 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    What is all the fuss about?!? I, too, don't respect his decision to retire from Tests just to prolong his T2 career but that's an entirely different issue! He should be free to give off some attitude to our media leeches without having to face an inquiry!

  • darkmon.SL on March 5, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @Vipula Thrimanne,except his words were more than what is written\translated to english in this article.Check youtube videos uploaded by Derana TV.His behavior with the journalists in the next day morning was disgusting.He is after all the T20 VC of Sri Lankan national cricket team and a captain\vice captain should behave lot more humane & tactically than this.Cricketer should be a gentlemen,not a street thug. As a cricketer & a human being Malinga lost all of respect I had for him after seeing his behavior today.

    Cricinfo approve this pls,Malinga is loosing lot of his fans with humiliating public stunts like this.

  • on March 5, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    This is crazy...If a person doesn't want to express his idea, he has a right to do so...ironically,I have a feeling that this media can be sued for this. Whats wrong in saying those words??? stupid media...lots of other issues in the country, and they highlight these stuff and waste the public time...

  • on March 5, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    This is crazy...If a person doesn't want to express his idea, he has a right to do so...ironically,I have a feeling that this media can be sued for this. Whats wrong in saying those words??? stupid media...lots of other issues in the country, and they highlight these stuff and waste the public time...

  • darkmon.SL on March 5, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @Vipula Thrimanne,except his words were more than what is written\translated to english in this article.Check youtube videos uploaded by Derana TV.His behavior with the journalists in the next day morning was disgusting.He is after all the T20 VC of Sri Lankan national cricket team and a captain\vice captain should behave lot more humane & tactically than this.Cricketer should be a gentlemen,not a street thug. As a cricketer & a human being Malinga lost all of respect I had for him after seeing his behavior today.

    Cricinfo approve this pls,Malinga is loosing lot of his fans with humiliating public stunts like this.

  • Firenze317 on March 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    What is all the fuss about?!? I, too, don't respect his decision to retire from Tests just to prolong his T2 career but that's an entirely different issue! He should be free to give off some attitude to our media leeches without having to face an inquiry!

  • AiyoSalli on March 5, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Lasith has all the rights to express what he has to say. I think its poor choice of words by him. Being an international player, he should have been more thoughtful. What he should relize is that lots of young kids looks up to them and it is not a good example to show them.

  • AKS286 on March 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    He is the most selfish cricketer due to the IPL, BBl he retired from test cricket very early.

  • on March 5, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    There's no doubt he does come out sounding rude. We also have to understand that it's his face a camera or microphone is shoved in. We are all human and bound to say stupid sounding things from time to time.

    Let them conduct an "inquiry". I'm sure this too will blow over like everything else.

  • CricketPissek on March 5, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    As a Vice Captain, Malinga needs to show more diplomacy. However, narrow minded fans keep accusing him of "putting money before country" etc because he retired from Test cricket. Please look at his test record in the last 2 years he played. He could not even finish a single series without getting injured! Bowling 4 overs in a T20 game is a completely different kettle fish, whether it's for IPL or for Sri Lanka. I think it's thoroughly unfair for people to criticise him knowing how badly he was treated by his employer SLC by abandoning him between 2008-2010. Or have you all forgotten that? He has a young family to support and cricket is his profession. He needs media training to deal with the media thugs, but don't insult someone who has done a lot more for Sri Lanka and her image around the world than any of us could ever dream of

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on March 5, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    media should not have approached him. SL players ar enot allowed to speak to the media without permission. poor ethics. agree malinga should have handled it better

  • miles100 on March 6, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I have seen a media official poorly attacking Malinga on public TV on Sirasa sports regarding his test retirement and Sanath had to defend him on public TV. some media guy who has never touched a cricket ball in his life criticizing these players was unfair. I think these players should be kept alone if you don't when and how to approach these players. Sri lanka needs more genuine reporters like Andrew Fidel Fernando who know the game well.

  • on March 6, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Lasith. Behave yourself. U R a national diplomat. Not a thug. Allow us to respect to ur contribution to world cricket in general & to sri lankan cricket in particular. According to ur recent performance in T20 s or ODIs I don`t think u will have a big demand in future. There are better players now.