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SLC president reacts to Sangakkara's outburst

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Sri Lanka Cricket president Jayantha Dharmadasa has said that the board had not questioned Kumar Sangakkara's loyalty to his country. In an email exchange with Sangakkara, published in the Daily Mirror, Dharmadasa said the board had not misrepresented any facts or misled the media.

Earlier this week, Sangakkara confirmed that he would represent Kandurata Maroons in the Champions League T20 tournament, instead of his IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. He also criticized SLC, saying he was perturbed by the manner in which the board had publicly framed his situation.

"We totally deny that SLC has misrepresented facts to the media nor mislead the media in any manner whatsoever and we have not stated anything to question your loyalty to play for the local team nor have we tarnished your image for that matter," Dharmadasa wrote to Sangakkara. "In so far as SLC is concerned, we took a pragmatic view of the issues faced by us with regard to this matter and accordingly communicated to you our position."

In a reply to Dharmadasa's email, Sangakkara explained why he had communicated with the media: "The damage to my reputation had already been done in the days preceding my meeting with you and I was left with little choice but to address the media."

In his reply, Sangakkara also told Dharmadasa that an earlier email he had sent to SLC secretary, Nishantha Ranatunga, encompassed his experiences over the last year and a half. In the email to Ranatunga, Sangakkara had written: "You have made me seem disloyal to Sunrisers Hyderebad and also disloyal to my country. In the process, you have quite possibly jeopardised my future in the IPL. It ultimately leaves me to question whether your interest in this matter is more in line with a personal agenda against me rather than a national interest.

"I sincerely hope that your comments in the public are your own and are not in any way representative of the collective view of SLC and the current Ex Co. Since you have now set the precedent of demanding and insisting upon local players representing their home franchise over their IPL teams in the Champions League, I will be very interested to see if in the future when the same situation arises that you demand the same of other players."

Dharmadasa defended Ranatunga, stating the latter "commands the respect of the entire membership at Sri Lanka Cricket".

"It is indeed unfortunate and disappointing that you have singled out Nishantha and stated that his conduct in this matter has been reprehensible and not at all befitting the position he holds as secretary of SLC," Dharmadasa wrote. "As you are fully aware Nishantha was unanimously elected as the secretary of SLC at the last AGM held in March this year and commands the respect of the entire membership at Sri Lanka Cricket. You additionally state that 'it ultimately leaves me to question whether your interest in this matter is more in line with a personal agenda against me rather than a national interest', this is an allegation of a serious nature which is unacceptable to SLC.

"Nishantha as secretary communicates on behalf of the board in all administrative and cricketing matters which come within the purview of the executive committee. This is one such matter. As president, I need to inform you that all communications sent by Nishantha have been dispatched with the knowledge of the executive committee members who have been copied on such issues in order to resolve these matters in the best interest of SLC. He therefore communicates on behalf of SLC and not in an individual capacity. Your comment in relation to Nishantha is therefore regretted."

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  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    I personally think this should not have come in to the media , Sanga should have been allowed to take a decision on his own and board should have endorsed it . If he opted for sunrises a new guy gets the opportunity to play for Kandurata, which is good as without dropping senior guy new face gets a chance. If he opted for sunrises country and him gets the financial benefit. After all these are 20-20 matches not tests or matches that are very important where counties reputation in cricket is decided on.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Sanga is an international cricketer,whole crickiting world loves him ,his immage can not be tarnished and his commitment to the country is not questionable .We all remember his lecture at Lords few years ago that honour is given only to seleted few. SL cricket needs him more than ever.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | September 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Fly a kite SLC! Sanga all the way!! Respect to the gentleman of the game!!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | September 3, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Nishantha Ranatunge is the worst thing that happened to Sri Lanka Cricket after D.S de Silva. Cricket in SL will never prosper as long as these 3rd class officials are there.

  • POSTED BY SL_Wolverine on | September 2, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Sanga is not only a best cricketer, but a good Mister...

  • POSTED BY RobinMama on | September 2, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sangakkara selected Kandurata Warriors just because he was questioned about his loyalty to his country. Well done Nishantha Ranathunge!

  • POSTED BY Dinesh-0419 on | September 2, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Grait Sanga...........! We salute you!

  • POSTED BY JF19 on | September 2, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    SLC needs to understand that they need Sangakkara more than Sanga needs them. Sanga is a champion through and through and a humble guy who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and is a draw card wherever he plays. Who do these officials of SL Cricket think they are?

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Sanga lost 140 000 Dollors and won 20 million Hearts...RESPECT!

  • POSTED BY victor_cooper on | September 2, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Wait... who are these guys from SLC and frankly who cares. Sanga is a great international player and a fantastic representative of his country. People in Sri Lanka have few world class sports heros and he should be supported by his country at all costs. He is not only a fantastic sportsman, he is intelligent, thoughtful and extremely well spoken. It will be a long time before Sri Lanka will see another cricketer like this. SLC, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Do the right thing and fix it. He is much bigger than all of you collectively.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    I personally think this should not have come in to the media , Sanga should have been allowed to take a decision on his own and board should have endorsed it . If he opted for sunrises a new guy gets the opportunity to play for Kandurata, which is good as without dropping senior guy new face gets a chance. If he opted for sunrises country and him gets the financial benefit. After all these are 20-20 matches not tests or matches that are very important where counties reputation in cricket is decided on.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Sanga is an international cricketer,whole crickiting world loves him ,his immage can not be tarnished and his commitment to the country is not questionable .We all remember his lecture at Lords few years ago that honour is given only to seleted few. SL cricket needs him more than ever.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | September 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Fly a kite SLC! Sanga all the way!! Respect to the gentleman of the game!!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | September 3, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Nishantha Ranatunge is the worst thing that happened to Sri Lanka Cricket after D.S de Silva. Cricket in SL will never prosper as long as these 3rd class officials are there.

  • POSTED BY SL_Wolverine on | September 2, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Sanga is not only a best cricketer, but a good Mister...

  • POSTED BY RobinMama on | September 2, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sangakkara selected Kandurata Warriors just because he was questioned about his loyalty to his country. Well done Nishantha Ranathunge!

  • POSTED BY Dinesh-0419 on | September 2, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Grait Sanga...........! We salute you!

  • POSTED BY JF19 on | September 2, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    SLC needs to understand that they need Sangakkara more than Sanga needs them. Sanga is a champion through and through and a humble guy who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and is a draw card wherever he plays. Who do these officials of SL Cricket think they are?

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Sanga lost 140 000 Dollors and won 20 million Hearts...RESPECT!

  • POSTED BY victor_cooper on | September 2, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Wait... who are these guys from SLC and frankly who cares. Sanga is a great international player and a fantastic representative of his country. People in Sri Lanka have few world class sports heros and he should be supported by his country at all costs. He is not only a fantastic sportsman, he is intelligent, thoughtful and extremely well spoken. It will be a long time before Sri Lanka will see another cricketer like this. SLC, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Do the right thing and fix it. He is much bigger than all of you collectively.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 1, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    It was well within the purview of sec of SLC to convey the unanimous decision of the exec com, and Sangakkara rightly chose his home team. But the issue here is it was Secretary who went public with his views, SLC should first enquire as to whether he has the necessary authority to do so and whether the view expressed is in line with the decision made by the committee. But as a SL cricket fan it is hard to approve the way the officials have gone about their business with the ends justifying the means. I believe Sangakkara being the most prolific batsman ever produced by Sri Lanka should be treated with much more respect, and the officials should not think their elected capacities as a priviledge, but as a responsibility to do what is right for Sri Lanka, it's fans and it's cricketers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    A player who contributed a lot to his country will not lose the regards and respect from the public; it is the power hungry, and occasionally manipulative, administrators who lose out.Once, they lose power, public discard them from their memory; not the great players, whom they are proud of.

  • POSTED BY Nmiduna on | September 1, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @ manosh, unfortunately almost all our media are under gov control, so we can't expect the wider public to be aware of the true facts and true picture, only very little percentage of sri lankan cricket lovers read this article!

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    SLC board elect is all based on a political agenda, the truth is its their loyalty towards the game,board,fans that needs to be questioned, for letting SL cricket down by allowing external figures to drive the board into bankruptcy,not looking after the players properly by not giving what their entitled for and not taking any productive steps to develop the domestic structure and next generation of SL cricketers. The truth is these bunch of Muppet in the board have failed the game, county and the public miserably. Just for their infor its not necessary for Sanga to speak to the media or send a mail for us to have a negative impression about these bunch of nuts but they have been around long enough for us to know that they are just a waste.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Sangakkara you are a star and no one can pull you down by twisting emails.we all know you are a gentleman and a Trinitian who makes the entire world proud.keep up the good work.you are class of your own.it doesn't matter where you play you are a sportsman and you are a star to watch.Hats off to the world class citizen you are.Enoy your Cricket.Sri Lanka should be proud that they have a star like you still loyal and committed.

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | September 1, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Sanga did well to select his club instead of his IPL club. But he is losing out a lot of money by doing so... To be honest if I was in his position it won't be easy for me to say "no" to $1,40,000. Sanga did just that and that speaks volumes of who he is.. SLC should not have intervened in this... Whatever decision Sanga takes, as a fan I support him... Whatever it is, it has nothing to do with his loyalty to his country... This isn't a game between SL vs CPL... Hats off to a great cricketer...

  • POSTED BY ManoshChowdhury on | September 1, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    No wonder that the cricket officials are not much popular comparing to the players, especially someone with Sangakara's statue. Sri Lanka is no exception. But this time it seems even more obvious that the officials are going to face harsh public opinion. Suggesting Sangakara to opt a team is like suggesting him to take his bat while he is on his way to the crease. Neither Sangakara nor anybody else would be able to change the jersey within the tournament even if he had enough energy and non-conflicting fixture. It was so overtly obvious that nobody needed a reminder. While someone from the AUTHORITY reminds Sangakara about "something", things read definitely different. And rightly he pointed at being framed. He is. And like always, Sangakara made another scholarly point. The deal is between the franchises in this particular case. Then where does the "country" live? So funny these officials can be in creating nationalist buzz! Yet while being played in the hands of global capitalism!

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | September 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I can say one thing. If Sanga had struggled and become inconstant with batting like Jayawardena used to in the past, Sanga would have been out of the squad by now. They will not let him speak up. He has not been a favorite son among the hopeless SLC. Luckily for SL cricket fans, Sanga worked very hard to be one of the world class players ever produced. He is one of the bravest Characters in world cricket.If SL brought in 3 more batsmen who have the same consistency and braveness as Sanga for the middle order, India would have got hammered in every single match against SL and SL would have won all 4 major finals they gave away.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | September 1, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    SLC nothing without Sanga. Who is Nishantha & Darmadasa? what are they doing? Are these crickters and did they played for the country. Who cares what these people says. I am here to see Sanga playing for Kadurata or Sunrise.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | September 1, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    This is a case of contractual obligations vs. moral obligations. It is clear that Sanga has a contractual obligation to Sunrisers. It is not clear whether his moral obligations are that strong for Kandurata. Yes, he hails from Kandurata. But Kandurata team is a hastily assembled one just for the purpose of the Champions league. It is not a franchise. It is a making of SLC. In Sanga's situation I would have gone for my contractual obligations as a professional. That is the conduct expected from a professional.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | September 1, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    I generally support SLC. But those guys better understand that they are nothing in the eyes of the public, relative to the players. If SLC tries to have a go at the players, esp. someone like Sanga, the public is not going to support them. Nishantha being appointed unanimously - what a joke. We know the incestuous relationships that exist in SLC. A unanimous vote in the cricket board means nothing, zero, zilch.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I think what Sangakkara wrote to Ranatunga was absolutely correct. Ranatunga should not have told that Sangakkara must choose between IPL team and Country. The letter by SLC to Sangakkara states that Ranatungas words are backed by the whole commitee. Which means the whole board must be hold responsible for the tarnished name of Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY RoBoBobster on | August 31, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Although I see why SLC ant Sanga to play for his country team, I think the entire matter should have been conducted privately as Sanga should be the one to make the choice without pressure, particularly as I believe he showed commitment in the past by agreeing to play without pay in internationals when SLC were badly in debt.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    SLC is a politics run business in SL. its sad they cannot recognize the value of its players. its not Nishantha or Dharmadasa who have taken SL cricket forward in recent years, but players like Sanga and Mahela. If they cannot even respect these two legends and treat these players in a professional manner, what can u expect for any other player? The politics and main men like Dharmadasa, Nishantha and Sanath should take the responsibility for downfall of SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | August 31, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    What Sanga may have emailed to Nishantha may have been wrong or right, but that's none of our business. There's no professionalism shown by SLC. How can you expose one's personal mail to the public. SLC should try accommodate Sangakarra's claims and just move on. SLC depends on Sanga, without whom SL would have flopped badly. He's been an integral part of the cricket team for too long and has served the country on more occasions than any other. SL would have lost on home ground to SA in the recent series, if not for Sanga. Why don't SLC try to nurture their young players into Sanga or Mahela, than just always yap around about their cricketers who they solely depend on.All top nations have moved on and brought in new players and taken of the pressure off their seniors. SLC do nothing about that, but criticize their own players. SLC don't want to play test cricket and have a poor domestic circuit. The players of nowadays are just average. Worse, they turn against their own weapons!!

  • POSTED BY Aashi_sl on | August 31, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    nishantha ranathunga- played 2 ODI s for srilanka, scored no runs and took 1 wicket. Sangakkara 10,000+ in tests & ODIs with average of 57 & 40. Dharmadasa never played for the country.so for a cricket lover its very obvious that who is more importanant to the game and the country & who should be protected from this kind of conspiracies. infact we dont want to hear what people like ranathunga & dharmadasa has to say about sanga or any other player who has brought honor to our country.you can find any number of good administrators in the country but you cant find another sanga.

  • POSTED BY Aashi_sl on | August 31, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    nishantha ranathunga- played 2 ODI s for srilanka, scored no runs and took 1 wicket. Sangakkara 10,000+ in tests & ODIs with average of 57 & 40. Dharmadasa never played for the country.so for a cricket lover its very obvious that who is more importanant to the game and the country & who should be protected from this kind of conspiracies. infact we dont want to hear what people like ranathunga & dharmadasa has to say about sanga or any other player who has brought honor to our country.you can find any number of good administrators in the country but you cant find another sanga.

  • POSTED BY lankavigi on | August 31, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    What Sanga may have emailed to Nishantha may have been wrong or right, but that's none of our business. There's no professionalism shown by SLC. How can you expose one's personal mail to the public. SLC should try accommodate Sangakarra's claims and just move on. SLC depends on Sanga, without whom SL would have flopped badly. He's been an integral part of the cricket team for too long and has served the country on more occasions than any other. SL would have lost on home ground to SA in the recent series, if not for Sanga. Why don't SLC try to nurture their young players into Sanga or Mahela, than just always yap around about their cricketers who they solely depend on.All top nations have moved on and brought in new players and taken of the pressure off their seniors. SLC do nothing about that, but criticize their own players. SLC don't want to play test cricket and have a poor domestic circuit. The players of nowadays are just average. Worse, they turn against their own weapons!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    SLC is a politics run business in SL. its sad they cannot recognize the value of its players. its not Nishantha or Dharmadasa who have taken SL cricket forward in recent years, but players like Sanga and Mahela. If they cannot even respect these two legends and treat these players in a professional manner, what can u expect for any other player? The politics and main men like Dharmadasa, Nishantha and Sanath should take the responsibility for downfall of SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY RoBoBobster on | August 31, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Although I see why SLC ant Sanga to play for his country team, I think the entire matter should have been conducted privately as Sanga should be the one to make the choice without pressure, particularly as I believe he showed commitment in the past by agreeing to play without pay in internationals when SLC were badly in debt.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I think what Sangakkara wrote to Ranatunga was absolutely correct. Ranatunga should not have told that Sangakkara must choose between IPL team and Country. The letter by SLC to Sangakkara states that Ranatungas words are backed by the whole commitee. Which means the whole board must be hold responsible for the tarnished name of Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | September 1, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    I generally support SLC. But those guys better understand that they are nothing in the eyes of the public, relative to the players. If SLC tries to have a go at the players, esp. someone like Sanga, the public is not going to support them. Nishantha being appointed unanimously - what a joke. We know the incestuous relationships that exist in SLC. A unanimous vote in the cricket board means nothing, zero, zilch.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | September 1, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    This is a case of contractual obligations vs. moral obligations. It is clear that Sanga has a contractual obligation to Sunrisers. It is not clear whether his moral obligations are that strong for Kandurata. Yes, he hails from Kandurata. But Kandurata team is a hastily assembled one just for the purpose of the Champions league. It is not a franchise. It is a making of SLC. In Sanga's situation I would have gone for my contractual obligations as a professional. That is the conduct expected from a professional.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | September 1, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    SLC nothing without Sanga. Who is Nishantha & Darmadasa? what are they doing? Are these crickters and did they played for the country. Who cares what these people says. I am here to see Sanga playing for Kadurata or Sunrise.

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | September 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I can say one thing. If Sanga had struggled and become inconstant with batting like Jayawardena used to in the past, Sanga would have been out of the squad by now. They will not let him speak up. He has not been a favorite son among the hopeless SLC. Luckily for SL cricket fans, Sanga worked very hard to be one of the world class players ever produced. He is one of the bravest Characters in world cricket.If SL brought in 3 more batsmen who have the same consistency and braveness as Sanga for the middle order, India would have got hammered in every single match against SL and SL would have won all 4 major finals they gave away.

  • POSTED BY ManoshChowdhury on | September 1, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    No wonder that the cricket officials are not much popular comparing to the players, especially someone with Sangakara's statue. Sri Lanka is no exception. But this time it seems even more obvious that the officials are going to face harsh public opinion. Suggesting Sangakara to opt a team is like suggesting him to take his bat while he is on his way to the crease. Neither Sangakara nor anybody else would be able to change the jersey within the tournament even if he had enough energy and non-conflicting fixture. It was so overtly obvious that nobody needed a reminder. While someone from the AUTHORITY reminds Sangakara about "something", things read definitely different. And rightly he pointed at being framed. He is. And like always, Sangakara made another scholarly point. The deal is between the franchises in this particular case. Then where does the "country" live? So funny these officials can be in creating nationalist buzz! Yet while being played in the hands of global capitalism!