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Malinga censured by SLC

Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 9, 2013

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Lasith Malinga appeals, Sri Lanka v England, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele, October 1, 2012
Lasith Malinga responded gruffly to journalists' queries last week © AFP
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Lasith Malinga will be censured by Sri Lanka Cricket for his behavior towards the media covering last weekend's contracts dispute outside the SLC offices. Earlier in the week, SLC's executive committee had Malinga's actions reviewed in an inquiry conducted by CEO Ajit Jayasekara, who recommended the fast bowler's punishment.

"Mr Ajit Jayasekera, CEO SLC, conducted an inquiry on the Lasith Malinga incident and in his report to the Executive Committee, recommended that Malinga be censured and advised on his behaviour when dealing with the press in the future, considering his standing in the game," a release said.

"The executive committee accepted his recommendations and appointed committee members Camillus Abeygunawardena, Harigupta Rihanadeera, Ajit Jayasekera to speak to Lasith Malinga on this matter."

Malinga had responded gruffly toward television journalists who waited outside SLC in two separate incidents, which occurred on Sunday night and Monday morning. On the first occasion he denied he had come to the SLC offices for a meeting about the contracts dispute in a dismissive tone, before telling a journalist to mind his own business the following morning.

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.

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Posted by ajithabey on (March 11, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Good.Swift action taken by SLC on this irresponsible act of behaviour by a leading cricketer is a detterent to the others who should be more careful in dealing with the media or any other official or person.Media should also be responsible by not instigating players for their own advantage and hype.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Malinga has to apologize for his nasty behaviour on that day. The board and the media should accept the apologies.As simple as that. This is not a drama to stage every day. A few words should not destroy this talented cricketer.

Posted by SL_roar on (March 10, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

He should av walked away n just smiled as he usually does.... His comments was totally uncalled for. It comes with the territory so malinga has got to deal with it, like it or not.... Learn from ur SL seniors!

Posted by PrasadGunawardane on (March 10, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

This is the real incident. Malinga is one of the coolest fast bowlers i have ever seen in the field or off the field. Because of his talent and furious pace bowling, he has been playing many franchisee Cricket over the years like IPL, Big Bash or whatever.Many are jealous about it, since this guy is earning countless money only because he can bowl. There was a Cricket talk show in a local television network just a week prior to this contract issue. One of the journalists who came there, just directly said to the public that Malinga is playing only for money and not for his country by getting the example of T20 WC final where Samuel(WI) hit Malinga. These type of journalists who have no idea of playing Cricket with a hard ball in blazing sun shine, shout like this. Malinga called the live show and questioned whether he has done following for SL or not; '3 hat-tricks including 4 in 4 balls and hitting a 50 to register the 1st ODI series win in Aus'.That's why he asked to mind own busines

Posted by kitten on (March 9, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Malinga, apart from being a brilliant fast bowler, he is very amiable on the field. He is one of a very few(and I mean very few!) fast bowlers who is always smiling after he delivers a ball, even if he is attacked by the batsmen, like Kohli did in Australia. I can't for the likes of me seeing a similar situation happening with Anderson, Finn, Zaheer, McGrath, and many many more. They would all swear and curse at the batsmen, and tear their hair out. In the recent test match being played between England and NZ, even after Anderson has taken a wicket, he persists in giving the batsman a piece of his mind on the way to the pavilion! Top fast bowlers are a different breed and I expect them to be brutal, after all it is a war on the field, so it is quite an exceptional experience to see someone like Malinga who whether angry or upset, doesn't show it. It must have been something very nasty that the journalist said that got his temper going.

Posted by seantells on (March 9, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

when you are public figure regardless your talent, you need to be responsibe towards public. he should be punished and fined , no one is indispensable

Posted by ARad on (March 9, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

I hereby request that we should abandon all rational analysis when it comes to everyone, including cricket players, commentators, journalists, politicians, businessmen, writers, etc. based on what color uniform they wear, how much you like your style of play or speech/writing, whom they support, what nationality they belong to, if they had said something that you really like and whether you receive some kind of benefit from them. Such personal biases create a very healthy society and such simple minded thinking will not allow others to easily manipulate us by appealing to our sentiments.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

If Sri Lanka Cricket is not allowed cricketers to speak to media, why media want cricketers to speak to them and have unnecessary problems for all the parties.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 9, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

People need to understand that at one point this guy was told he was never going to play cricket again due to an injury. After going to a "miracle doctor", he somehow got fixed up in less than 2 years and began to rise to fame after. Why in the world would he risk some injury like that recurring again by playing Test Cricket? He still plays ODIs and T20s, but Test Cricket is the most taxing on the body. Does he not have the right to retire from some forms of the game?

Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on (March 9, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

hi there - is any one surprised with the behaviour of malinga... comon guys dont be coz he plays for MI and we all who was MI's captain was - its our blue-eyed sardar bhajji - when a captain can slap opponent at the end of match what so big if malina misbehave. im not against bhajji slapping sreeshant infact i liked it - if it was other than sree then i would have differnt oppinion. Malinga dont need to play for SL he makes good money with MI - he is just playing t20s and odis for SL coz otherwise SL board will not give him no objection and without no objection he cannot play IPL. To name few MI high-headed players: Pollard, Munaff, Malinga, and their former captain bhajji. i just hope and wish MI will bring some respect and dignity under Punter, lets not forget Punter too belongs from same category but now since he has quit international and just playing only one form of cricket he could be good as he seen was during BBL

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