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Andrew Fidel Fernando
September 2, 2013
Kumar Sangakkara will not be officially reprimanded by Sri Lanka Cricket after his public spat with the board. According to a statement from SLC, the parties had met and resolved their differences amicably.
Sangakkara and SLC had sparred via the media and over email in the past week, after SLC asked Sangakkara to play for the Kandurata Maroons team in the Champions League T20, instead of his IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sangakkara's eventual decision to represent Kandurata at the tournament will cost him US$140,000, and the manner in which the issue was played out publicly created bad blood between him and the Sri Lankan board.
"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that on an initiative of its president Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, Kumar Sangakkara met with the executive committee of SLC and had an open discussion today. All the differences and misunderstandings were resolved very cordially," the statement said.
After choosing to play for Kandurata, Sangakkara had alleged that the board deliberately misrepresented his situation, and put his loyalty to the country in doubt among the public. The board, represented through Dharmadasa, denied these claims.
Sangakkara will begin training with the Kandurata side in the coming weeks. Their first match in the Champions League qualifiers is against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 17.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Andrew Fidel Fernando
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