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SLC president reacts to Sangakkara's outburst

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August 31, 2013

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Kumar Sangakkara slams the ball through the covers, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota, August 4, 2013
SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa denied that the board had misrepresented facts or misled the media with regard to Sangakkara's choice to play for Kandurata Maroons in the Champions League T20 © AFP
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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."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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 TharakaNilupul 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.

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