Sri Lanka news March 18, 2014

'I feel very let down' - Jayasuriya

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Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has expressed deep disappointment at not having been told Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene's plans before the players announced their Twenty20 international retirements to media. Sangakkara had told Sunday Island he would quit T20 internationals in a one-on-one interview just before departing for the World T20, while Jayawardene announced his retirement via the ICC's Twitter Mirror campaign, after the team touched down in Bangladesh.

"I feel very let down by them," Jayasuriya said. "I've been very transparent with them. If they're even resting, I've been calling them and telling them what's going on. I never ever dealt controversially with any senior player."

Jayasuriya suggested he was particularly irked at learning the news second-hand, because he had respected the value Sangakkara and Jayawardene had added to the team. This, despite fears he would seek to omit the pair in retaliation for their supposedly having hastened his own retirement.

"When I became a selector there were a lot of stories and comments in the media, that we were going to do this and that, but we didn't do anything of that sort," he said. "I've always handled the seniors in a different way. Whatever respect should be given to that senior player has been given, as a selection panel."

Jayasuriya had been more scathing in comments made to the Daily Mirror, labeling Sangakkara and Jayawardene's actions "highly unethical". "They should have had the common decency to inform the selectors who could then prepare Sri Lanka for the next phase," he said. "Traditionally any international player takes an important decision such as retirement after consulting the selectors first. This shows they are ungrateful for what they got through playing for the country."

The players had been locked in a tense standoff with SLC over player pay in the week prior to their departure for the tournament, but Jayasuriya had largely been sympathetic to the players' concerns during the saga. "Whatever issue they had with Sri Lanka Cricket - that's a different story," Jayasuriya told ESPNcricinfo, "and I don't want to bring that into it. But as a selection committee, they have never had any problems with us. If they wanted to do anything, they should have consulted us.

"They might say that they would have told me. But the players are always dealing by writing letters to the board and anyone else, but they have not given me a letter. I can't remember at all them mentioning anything like that."

Jayawardene spoke out via Twitter on Tuesday evening, ostensibly responding to the Daily Mirror story with: "I'm really sad & disappointed to hear what's been in the papers back home. Why do people go out of their way to make things harder for us??"

Neither Sangakkara nor Jayawardene had given specific details of their T20 retirements before Sunday, but both had publically suggested they would wind down their international careers over the next 18 months. Although Sri Lanka's approach to the tournament has been characterised by off-field strife, the team achieved a polished victory over India in their first warm-up match on Monday.

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

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  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on March 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Many things are happening behind the back of Sanga and Mahela...why the hell they have to inform the selectors about their decision????

  • Akeesha on March 23, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Well it's really sad to hear all this stories from Sri Lankan cricket, we lions are named for spiritual team and the team work was to its maximum, despites the problems they have with the Cricket board you are playing for the country for god sake...... and the country who cries to death when they lose major tournaments and yet again welcomed to the country on the red carpet by millions of people. I think we have loose the reputation we used to carry out sins 1996 world cup. I don't know what's happening inside the selection camp, but believe me folks Jayasuriya selects some good young guns where we can watch a match till end with full confidence of winning chances.

  • CricinfoSriLanka on March 22, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @DreamCricketer: Jayasuriya was the one who brought politics to team. After announcing his retirement from test cricket he started playing test cricket again with the help of president. Sometimes he got selected to the team with the help of sport minister. When he was out of form & also 40+ years old still he creeped in to the team with the help of his political powers that cost Sri Lanka T20 world cup in 2010. He also went to England to have a grand farewell being a parliament member when he was 42. There are very few good innings he has played in big occasions but most of the times he let team down by just throwing his wicket away by playing very irresponsible shots when team was already down. He was appointed as chief selector because he's a politician & a MP of government. Out of 6 matches SL played in 1996 world cup Aravinda won man of the match award in 4 matches including final & semi final.Aravinda was the most deserved one to win man of the series award as well in 1996 world

  • DreamCricketer on March 21, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    DreamCricketer: I think it's good time for Jayasooriya now to focus on a new team with the captaincy of Angelo for the WC. So that we will not have last moment surprises with the 3 seniors. They should retire from all formats of cricket now. If they are in the team they will create team politics and it will not good fro the spirit of the team. Keep up the good work Jayasooriya.

  • on March 21, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Suthacompaq, there are no 20 months for 2015 World Cup. It starts in Feb 2015 making it less than 12 months

  • TerranceRajah on March 21, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Well guys Sanath the Cricketer will always have a place in our history. a rare talent that took the world cricket apart. But here he is as Sanath the selector. So far he is doing a good job by the flow of youngsters that are getting an opportunity. He just made a smart move here. He has to make few moves after the 2015 world cup in the one day team and slowly in the test team. He is just showing everyone that T20 retirement was done without discussing with him by these 2 great cricketers and he was taken by surprise. So when he makes his selection moves after the 2015 world cup in the one day team or test team ,he should not be blames as he wont be waiting for Mahela , Sanga or Dilshan to discuss the retirement plans with him and plan his teams.. Selectors should start focusing and gradually bringing in Kithruvan, Angelo Perera, in form Jehan Mubarak (another opportunity) ,Priyanjan in the middle.. I just hope we can build a good squad for 2015 world cup. we have 20 months for that.

  • on March 21, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Sanath may be right in getting blown up over the issue, but equally neither Sanga or Mahela are wrong. They are independent people and have every right to decide when to retire. Sanath should on the other hand have planned for such an event given both players are over 36 and not known to sit on the future of new blokes. So do not get worked up and instead plan for future. Just because you did not like their decision, do not do some crazy thing as that can have a big impact on team morale. The two players are highly respected by other players and Sri Lankans all alike.

  • ruwan777 on March 21, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    has jayasooriya given right notices when he retire. even at 40 + he tried to peep into team and that chased out chances of upul tharanga n some new comers a lot.mahela n sanga has done a lot to sri lanka cricket more than any one.technically there should be a way that a team player announce a retirement but it should be more concern on tests as it is difficult to pick good players for tests and make them grow. but for limited overs and T20s we can pick a 11 at any day who are in form and that is the winning combination mostly .need sanga n mahela to be thee for more 20 -30 tests in 3 -4 more years and pretty sure they can contribute more than any . cheers,

  • MightM on March 20, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Sanath should not be a selector, he hasn't got the right qualities, like honesty, humility, and acceptance of reality.

  • Mahaanama on March 20, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @lionspaw: Pls don't publish false info. In 2003 WC semi final Sanga took 3 catches and 1 stumping that helped SL to restrict Australia for just 212. Sanga was also top scorer 39* in SL inning where he didn't get any support from any other batsman since SL lost 7 wickets for just 76 runs. That's why SL lost. Vaas played for 2007 WC final but Gilchrist hammered him all over the park to score 281 runs in 38 overs. It was not Mahela but Asantha De Mel who dropped Atapattu but it didn't matter SL reached finals in 2007 with help of Tharanga's 73 runs in semi final who played for Atapattu's place. In 2011 WC semi final Mathews got injured so he was replaced by Thisara.Chamara Silva who got struggled to bat in semi finals was replaced by Kapugedara in finals. Kulasekara bowled brilliantly in preliminary match SL played at Wankhede(venue of final) replaced Herath in finals. Ajantha Mendis who had been discovered by Indians was replaced by Randiv who was the most economical bowler in finals.

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on March 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Many things are happening behind the back of Sanga and Mahela...why the hell they have to inform the selectors about their decision????

  • Akeesha on March 23, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Well it's really sad to hear all this stories from Sri Lankan cricket, we lions are named for spiritual team and the team work was to its maximum, despites the problems they have with the Cricket board you are playing for the country for god sake...... and the country who cries to death when they lose major tournaments and yet again welcomed to the country on the red carpet by millions of people. I think we have loose the reputation we used to carry out sins 1996 world cup. I don't know what's happening inside the selection camp, but believe me folks Jayasuriya selects some good young guns where we can watch a match till end with full confidence of winning chances.

  • CricinfoSriLanka on March 22, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @DreamCricketer: Jayasuriya was the one who brought politics to team. After announcing his retirement from test cricket he started playing test cricket again with the help of president. Sometimes he got selected to the team with the help of sport minister. When he was out of form & also 40+ years old still he creeped in to the team with the help of his political powers that cost Sri Lanka T20 world cup in 2010. He also went to England to have a grand farewell being a parliament member when he was 42. There are very few good innings he has played in big occasions but most of the times he let team down by just throwing his wicket away by playing very irresponsible shots when team was already down. He was appointed as chief selector because he's a politician & a MP of government. Out of 6 matches SL played in 1996 world cup Aravinda won man of the match award in 4 matches including final & semi final.Aravinda was the most deserved one to win man of the series award as well in 1996 world

  • DreamCricketer on March 21, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    DreamCricketer: I think it's good time for Jayasooriya now to focus on a new team with the captaincy of Angelo for the WC. So that we will not have last moment surprises with the 3 seniors. They should retire from all formats of cricket now. If they are in the team they will create team politics and it will not good fro the spirit of the team. Keep up the good work Jayasooriya.

  • on March 21, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Suthacompaq, there are no 20 months for 2015 World Cup. It starts in Feb 2015 making it less than 12 months

  • TerranceRajah on March 21, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Well guys Sanath the Cricketer will always have a place in our history. a rare talent that took the world cricket apart. But here he is as Sanath the selector. So far he is doing a good job by the flow of youngsters that are getting an opportunity. He just made a smart move here. He has to make few moves after the 2015 world cup in the one day team and slowly in the test team. He is just showing everyone that T20 retirement was done without discussing with him by these 2 great cricketers and he was taken by surprise. So when he makes his selection moves after the 2015 world cup in the one day team or test team ,he should not be blames as he wont be waiting for Mahela , Sanga or Dilshan to discuss the retirement plans with him and plan his teams.. Selectors should start focusing and gradually bringing in Kithruvan, Angelo Perera, in form Jehan Mubarak (another opportunity) ,Priyanjan in the middle.. I just hope we can build a good squad for 2015 world cup. we have 20 months for that.

  • on March 21, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Sanath may be right in getting blown up over the issue, but equally neither Sanga or Mahela are wrong. They are independent people and have every right to decide when to retire. Sanath should on the other hand have planned for such an event given both players are over 36 and not known to sit on the future of new blokes. So do not get worked up and instead plan for future. Just because you did not like their decision, do not do some crazy thing as that can have a big impact on team morale. The two players are highly respected by other players and Sri Lankans all alike.

  • ruwan777 on March 21, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    has jayasooriya given right notices when he retire. even at 40 + he tried to peep into team and that chased out chances of upul tharanga n some new comers a lot.mahela n sanga has done a lot to sri lanka cricket more than any one.technically there should be a way that a team player announce a retirement but it should be more concern on tests as it is difficult to pick good players for tests and make them grow. but for limited overs and T20s we can pick a 11 at any day who are in form and that is the winning combination mostly .need sanga n mahela to be thee for more 20 -30 tests in 3 -4 more years and pretty sure they can contribute more than any . cheers,

  • MightM on March 20, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Sanath should not be a selector, he hasn't got the right qualities, like honesty, humility, and acceptance of reality.

  • Mahaanama on March 20, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @lionspaw: Pls don't publish false info. In 2003 WC semi final Sanga took 3 catches and 1 stumping that helped SL to restrict Australia for just 212. Sanga was also top scorer 39* in SL inning where he didn't get any support from any other batsman since SL lost 7 wickets for just 76 runs. That's why SL lost. Vaas played for 2007 WC final but Gilchrist hammered him all over the park to score 281 runs in 38 overs. It was not Mahela but Asantha De Mel who dropped Atapattu but it didn't matter SL reached finals in 2007 with help of Tharanga's 73 runs in semi final who played for Atapattu's place. In 2011 WC semi final Mathews got injured so he was replaced by Thisara.Chamara Silva who got struggled to bat in semi finals was replaced by Kapugedara in finals. Kulasekara bowled brilliantly in preliminary match SL played at Wankhede(venue of final) replaced Herath in finals. Ajantha Mendis who had been discovered by Indians was replaced by Randiv who was the most economical bowler in finals.

  • bMike on March 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I just found out that most of SL selection committee members have secretly retired after getting dropped due to poor form except Mr. chairman who hasn't even retired after getting dropped due to poor form when he was over 40. No wonder why they get upset when they see two players are retiring properly since committee members are not aware what a proper retirement means. I heard that SL players have played for months even without getting paid due to poor management of SLC. Also heard that SLC has unethically leaked confidential information to media to put players in trouble. Who knows if Sanga & Mahela decided to retire from T20 due to frustration created by SLC. If so how come SLC or selection committee expects players to inform them even before making decisions. If Jayasuriya announced his retirement properly when he was not in form that would have helped SL to blossom a good experienced opener who could have won all lost WC finals. Respect is not something you can earn by force.

  • MightM on March 20, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    So lionspaw's argument is that the team was cursed through Maha and Sanga, but missed the fact that - they MADE IT to the finals consistently, we were making it to top of the tables, what was Sanaths legacy in captancy? Not only that How many times did Sanath let us down with his high risk, glory seeking batting? what did he score in 1996 World Cup semi and finals? We won that thanks to Guru and DeSilva. And Marven, have you seen his ODI strike rate? How old you think Vass was when he was dropped? Also he wasn't getting wickets. No logic in your argument.

  • on March 20, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Totally agree with sanath...no matter how big players are in thier caliber....one must need to inform to board .....

  • on March 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    totally agree with jayasuriya

  • on March 20, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    totally agree with the lionspaw.

  • nickexplore on March 20, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Sanath and his selectors have more pressing matters at hand. What to do about the top 6. SL were well and truly outplayed by West Indies and found Narine unplayable. Had WI held their catches, SLs chase could have been more embarrassing. Kusal and Mahela threw their wickets away and Chandimal again failed. Thirimanne may well get a start vs South Africa as the calls for Chandimal's exclusion grow louder.

  • DreamCricketer on March 20, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    DreamCricketer: Sanath is doing a good job at the moment and we should not forget the past. It's anyway high time for Sanga and Mahela retire they have no good averages in the T20 matches and see their average in the IPL. and we need to groom and bring new talent before the WC. I hope Chandimal also retire soon see his pathetic batting performance. Not sure whay Sanath has kept him so long.

  • Dhanno on March 19, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Glad its noted these two seniors had signalled the intent to leave some time ago (from T20 scene and reducing the workload etc). Why does someone expect every player wants to play till he is 40-42 and if thats not possible wants to become a selector. No these guys can still serve and guide SL test team for year or so and I guess you would have found replacements for 37 yr olds by now (unless again you expect them to stick around and stay in team no matter what till they reach 42)

  • lionspaw on March 19, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    The long lasted curse of Sri Lanka Cricket is gone. Please SLC!!! do not let Mahela and Sangakkara to play WORLD CUP 2015. In 2003 world cup Sangakkara missed a stumping chance and a catch of Symonds in the semi finals and he made it count by scoring a 120 odd runs and SANGAKKARA was the curse. In 2007 MAHELA dropped CHAMINDA VAAS and MARVAN ATAPATTU without a real reason and was the curse and we lost the final. In 2011 AGAIN SANGA was the curse by playing the world cup finals with four players who did not even play in the preliminary round of the world cup.

  • kahvas on March 19, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    These 2 are almost 37. They have max a year or two in them. Once these are gone, the young SL team looks completely devoid of talent. They will have a hard time winning against Bangladesh once these 2 retire from ODI's.

  • on March 19, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Mr Jayasuriya losing all the respect he earned as a player...

  • cricket_slcsupport on March 19, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Why on earth is Sanath creating problems ? No wonder the Lankans lost the match to the West Indies today. Hats off to the Sri-Lankan team, inspite of the internal turmoil they continue to produce good results. Shame on SL Selectors and SL Board.

    Please pay the palyers, it's like working without wages being paid

  • RMCroos on March 19, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Good slap for SLC selectors they still not understand the value of senior players who work hard for SLC. but we will miss you SANGA and MAHELA!!!

  • stormy16 on March 19, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Not sure why SLC, selectors or Sanath have such high expectations of players they mismanage time and again. Right now the players havent signed contracts, I mean who works (plays) withtout a contract? If Sanath had the respect of players he would have been told! If Sanath had a personal relationship with the players he would have been told. If he has neither he needs to take good long hard at himself and ask if this is the best he can do on the eve of a WC to two of the legends of the game?

  • on March 19, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Sanath didn't get to flex his muscle as a selector. The players made their own call. Maybe they didn't decide until the last minute. Who cares how you find out. Very unprofessional for him to come out like this now. Sanath should have waited until after the tournament. Anyway im glad all this off field stuff is happening. I hope Sri Lanka get knocked out first round

  • gahapanmachan on March 19, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Good moves by Mahela & Sanga to ignore selectors over their decisions. I cannot recall any champion player of a decent democracy reporting to the selectors before a retirement announcement. Both have served their country enormously and do not need a big brother looking over them. When will SL cricketers be free of politics so that we all can wholeheartedly celebrate their achievements?

  • FlatTrakBully on March 19, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Sanath is disappointed because, he gave seniors very good respect but they are not giving it back. But seniors have their own reasons, they were not given enough opportunities to earn mone through IPL.

  • ramz30380 on March 19, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Looking at both sides of the coin - If Sanath had shared a personal rapport With Mahela and Sanga, for sure there is a good reason for him to be upset if he had known abt it thru the news channels and papers. On the other hand if it is not, then there shud not be much fuss as these two have done wht they shud. Have informed before the start of the torunament.

    Sanath stating that selectors need to be informed is all nonsense! selectors have a job of selecting the best from the available pool. I dont think any player needs to inform the selector - informing the SLC may be necessary though!

    With strained relations before the WCT20 there cud be a chance that these players were hurt by the announcement made by the SLC that they will send a 2nd string side if the contracts are not signed as per their norm. But still these bunch of players put their country first and traveled. First the SLC needs to establish a cordial relationship with players before they expect anything at all frm them!

  • on March 19, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    None of the SL batsman greater than Aravinda De Silva. He was our hero. No one even close to the talent of De Silva. I feel his best innings were played at WC semi final against India in 1996 and final against Australia.

  • delboy on March 19, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Jaysiriya is not let down by retirements. He has more than ample time to prepare. This demonstrates a lack of plan B; if he is to be believed. How does he plan for unforseen injuries? He is disappointed because players have a choice and can go without being pushed. He wants players to exit on his terms not theirs. He and his co selectors must ecaluate the meaning of professional sportsmen. They would then apply equal importance to junior and senior pros. It will aksi dawn on them that pros. have choices. These guys have to plan for life after being USED!

  • on March 19, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Jayasuriya went out of the way through political influence to play in the ODI series in England. He wanted a grant retirement in the UK. Shame on Sanath Jayasuriya, NOT on Sangakkkara or Jayawardena.

  • on March 19, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    They are not greedy as Jayasuriya, by getting elected through the President, for the England tour, before. When they do not perform well, in tests, they must retire from test cricket, as well. I suspect whether Mahela can perform well in England, this June. It is the selectors responsibility to have backup players regardless of these types of retirements.

  • Blade-Runner on March 19, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    The problem is Jayasuriya doesn't know what "retiring on a high note" means. Now he is totally dumbfounded by this news. For him, a player should retire at an age of 41. So, 36 is way too early according to Mr. Chief selector. So, no brainer he is upset.

  • Upulh on March 19, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Neither Sanga & Mahela nor Sanath is correct. All three should have been mature enough to handle issue like this carefully. I think Sanath should have kept silent about this at least until WC-20/20 is over. Now I am afraid that this will affect on SL team performance. Unfortunately None of these gentlemen seems to be putting their country first!!!

  • Umair_umair on March 19, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Regarding the issue, I think its simple and common sense. Sanath does not mean that they should not retired or he would have asked them to not to retire. Or they should write official letter to the board. I think what he means is that he is chief selector, and way senior than both Mahela and Sanga and he himself has been star; so doesn't he even deserve a call from Sanga/Mahela , saying Sanath bro, I am planning like this, though would inform you. Honestly, don't you expect such a mature and respected approach from these two? Its common sense; So I think Sanath is a bit hurt, when he learnt this through media. thats it. Would have been no harm if Sanga / Mahela would have made an informal/friendly call to Jaya, to give him some idea of what they have been playing. However, instead of talking to the paper, Sanath could also have made a phone call to express is concern. We fans, should not portray Sanath as devil. His contributions are no less than Mahela and Sanga.

  • 21tu on March 19, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    What is Jayasuriya tend to do?Brining politics in to cricket.Why dont you leave SLC & handover it to Arjuna and engage full time in pilotics.Do something good to the public in your region.SAY GOOD BYE to cricket.We had enough with you.But still we salute you as our Hero in 1996.So keep your status walk away with pride out of SLC.Be a good Politician.God Bless you.

  • Umair_umair on March 19, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Irrespective of the real isses, I am really disappointed here with most of the Sri Lankan fans, on how they are treating Sanath. Do we fans have such a short memories? No doubt Sanga and Mahela are great; but would Sri Lanka be the srialanka what it is now without Sanath? Sanga and Mahela came to team in 1998-999 , when the team was stable. But Sanath was oen of those who brought Srilanka to be major team and won the world cup (which btw Sanga and Mahela combined are not able to do as yet :)) So really hurt to see you guys mentioning Sanath with disrespect. What if tomorrow Sanga or Mahela are in a position in board and some other player do this? will be say the same things about Mahela and Sanga then? Sanga and Mahela are heroes, but Looking at Sri Lanka cricket history and achievements, Sanath is above all them, so deserves more respect.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on March 19, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    very sad to hear this. They should have informed SLC before announcing retirment. Very cheap act by both.I had no respect for Sanga anyway because of his cheap acts on the field but I never expected this from Jayawardene. Shame on you both!

  • siddhartha87 on March 19, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Jayasuya is over reacting.they are not retiring just before the wc,but they will retire after wc.And next t20 wc is in 2016.So they are giving two years time to prepare.They have already hinted retirement from ODI s after 2015 wc. Again they are giving one year time to prepare.

  • on March 19, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    This clearly indicate the tug of war between players and SLC. It all happened now because of the stressful minds of players and harmony within SLC has been destroyed by the present political regime. If relationships are broken, you cannot expect negotiations and discussions even on small matters. That's what happened and Mahela and Sanga both well understand what is all about professional cricket and ethical behavior. Mr. Sanath please do not destroy your image by continuing in such a ruined organization.

  • rizwan1981 on March 19, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Sandeep.M.J.D

    The ONLY thing Indians like you are concerned about is Sachin Tendulkar's individual records rather than TEAM INDIA - Every other nation focuses on WINS not averages and personal milestones- For instance Kareem Abdul Jabbar has the most number of points but Michael Jordan is considered the better player because he WON 6 rings.

    Its unlikely that Sangakkar would score 16 K runs - Its also true that , the Sri Lankan maestro has been in cracking form and has averaged over 70 since giving up the gloves.

    I also believe that Gavaskar and Kapil Dev ( remember him - he WON a world cup ) served India more than Tendulkar on the FIELD .

  • on March 19, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Jayasuriiya, good one I think it is very important for players to maintain certain amount of discipline and decency enabling the selectors to make necessary arrangement to the team. Hence Sanga and Mahela you played well on the field but of the field you are really shabby and that doesn't augers well for your stature. You should have kept selectors informed about the retirement plan rather than getting to know about it from media.

  • BlackHawk on March 19, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    I can't really see how Jayasuriya can say that! Everyone remembers how he shamelessly extended his time in the team with the intervention of the President. Mahela and Kumar have been exemplary in their conduct throughout their careers and I think they have earned the right to call it a day on their terms.

  • Damian123 on March 19, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Sanath J went to England during the last Champions Trophy with the sole aim of dropping Sanga & Mahela even if they failed once. Unfortunately for SJ, Mahela & Sanga performed well & SJ couldn't achieve what he wanted.

    We all know how SJ 'extended' his SL career several times, till he was well over 40 & more so, when his performance was at the lowest possible level.

  • Mahaanama on March 19, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Muralitharan retired from Test cricket after playing only 1st match of a 3- match test series with India. Aravinda announced his retirement from test cricket when he scored a double hundred. Mark Taylor retired from test when he scored a triple hundred. Ponting retired from test cricket when he failed to continue his best form for few innings. Kallis and Graham Smith also announced their retirements from test cricket suddenly. None of these players informed their selection committees ages before their retirements even though they retired from test cricket which is considered as the most important format of cricket. That's how all great players retire. Now both Sanga & Mahela have announced their retirements from just T20 about a month before playing their last match. They would have made their decision just recently. Should they take permission from Sanath for that? Come on Sanath grow up..!!! You are the only Sri Lankan player who couldn't announce your retirement at the right time.

  • CUPULW on March 19, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    This is Jayasuriya being the politician he is. It was common knowledge that the old 3 - Dilshan Mahela & Kumar would retire from T20 after the world cup in B'desh. It is also common knowledge that those 3 have expressed desire to play at the CWC in 2015 and retire (because there is no gurantee they will be fit or selected). In fact the 3 leading bowlers also have said the same thing - Malinga Kulasekara and Herath. so infact 2015 will be a watershed year for SL Cricket team.

    In Sri Lanka all politicians know of nothing untill it comes in the papers, whether it is about cricket or any other topic LOL :)

  • navindra80 on March 19, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    It would be more ethical & professional if they inform their retirement to authorities (employer) in advance. Hope at least they acknowledge authorities lately in formal way.

  • CUPULW on March 19, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    It may be that not only Mahela and Kumar, but the whole team feels let-down by Jayasuriya. for those who are not in the know - Sri Lanka team went to Bangladesh, without signing their contracts after an assurance from Sanath that the teams' demand for 20% out of ICC payments for image rights will be given. they completed the B'desh tour and then won Asia cup despite not having new contracts. now they have gone to the T20 CWC without contracts after assurances from Sanath that some % from ICC money will be given to players. HOWEVER it seems Sanath does not have much power in the SLC board room becauase the request for % income has been declined (by one average cricketer whose claim to fame is being the brother of CWC winning skipper). so no wonder the guys are disappointed and feel let down by one of their own. basic concept - to get respect u have to give respect! cheers

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on March 19, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    KS scored 11151 runs in 14 years. To reach 15921 runs to equal SRT he will need another 5.98 years of Test cricket. Simple maths that is, dont even think about it. :)

  • ksquared on March 19, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Sanath lost a lot of respect at the end of his career so I don't think he has any reason to gripe about Mahela and Sanga. Yes, they should have informed the board and the selectors but really is it such a big deal to moan about it publicly? Everybody was expecting them to wind-down their careers in the next 1-2 years.

  • anver777 on March 19, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Have a memorable WT20-2014 before you both quits !!!!

  • St.John on March 19, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Jayasuriya had plenty of retirement issues when it was his turn to go...As the article suggests he did have some disagreements with MJ and KS at that time. Both MJ and KS were unhappy that he (Jayasuriya) kept playing on even after 40. Jayasuriya has some right to give back a little, although now as chief selector he has to put old wounds aside and be more diplomatic. Even Atapattu had issues with MJ and KS but he has buckled down nicely in his role as batting coach.

  • vicnavnan on March 19, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    sanga and jayawardene are true lengends of cricket they should have played to break records its very sad they have declared from cricket

  • ajithabey on March 19, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Why is Sanath so hyped on hearing that the two legends of modern Sri Lankan cricket Mahela and Sanga are retiring from the T20 format? It is their personal decision and there is nothing to discuss with selectors or whoever as they do not own Sri Lankan cricket. They are appointed to office to administer the game.I think it is a very good and timely decision as they should focus more on the longer versions of the game and pave the way for the younger and unorthodox players to fill the void in the shorter version which is indeed a mix of cricket,baseball,slap bang and a big bash to entertain the crowds and bring much need spectator attendance and funding to the game. We will definitely miss their services but good to see them sacrificing their positions for younger players despite been at peak instead of some others who hung on to their positions till they were unceremoniously omitted from the team.

  • ss1981 on March 19, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Sanath is just sad, because he was a fraction too old when the money and proliferation of T20 came into vogue. Given the service both Mahela and Kumar have given not only Sri Lankan cricket as players, but the cricketing public, I don't see how anyone can be annoyed at them from stepping away from a hit and giggle format that by and large favours the younger players.

    Sri Lanka could use this opportunity to build their next wave of players, while the veterans make a concerted effort to concentrate on the World Cup next Aussie summer, and if they collect a little extra cash, so be it.

  • Udendra on March 19, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Come on Sanath, they are not retiring from Tests or ODIs, it's only T20s. So what's the big issue? After all, they have not even signed their contracts!

  • Johnny_129 on March 19, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    See, this is the problem with not only SL cricket but Asian countries in general - lack of professionalism or professional courtesy, ethics or whatever you like to call it. We had a similar incident here in Aus with Mike Hussey. But Hussey came out and admitted that self-preservation got the better if him - If he had told the self tors his plans to retire than he may well have been showed the door earlier than he would have liked. He admitted his mistake and apologised for it. This behaviour is rare in cricket outside of Asia. In the Asian countries, the lack of concern for team future is very much apparent in individual attitudes whether it be Sanga, Mahela or Dhoni.

  • on March 19, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    I will never regard T20 as an official "Cricket" sport. It is a complete bastardisation of the most beautiful game on earth!

    Having said that, Mahela and Sanga are 2 of the all-time greats in the sport. They will be sorely missed, and I am afraid that we won't see the likes of them ever again.

  • on March 19, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Sangakkara should play Test Cricket for another 5 years. He has the touch and talent to play. I am sure, he can over come Tendulkar's record of maximum runs in test cricket. I think he is one of the legends remaining in test cricket now.

  • on March 19, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela are universally accepted high ranking gentlemen in the cricketing world. No one should try to tarnish their image for flimsy reasons. Sanga and Mahela don't get demoralized! you are above all this and we the true Sri Lankan cricket fans are with you. We want both of you and the super team to bring home the ICC T20 WORLD CUP.

  • Ishfaqkhan.jk on March 19, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Shocking news. I mean 2 best cricketes r leaving sl services. Best of luck sl in t 20.

  • on March 19, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Being a fan of both Sanga n Mahela, I am highly disappointed on their decision to quit international T20 and shall continue to play League matches (IPL).....

    *** A disappointing T20 end for the Legends ***

  • bMike on March 19, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    It seems Jayasuriya is doing the same thing here that he says Sanga & Mahela have done. Why doesn't he personally talk to Sanga & Mahela about this topic other than talking to media to say that he feels very let down. First of all Jayasuriya should not let these players down by talking about such things to media just before starting T20 WC. I don't understand if Jayasuriya expected these two players to play T20 for SL until year 2020 in order to reach Jayasuriya's age by the time he played his last T20 at the age of almost 42. I believe Dilshan & Herath should also announce their retirements from T20 after this WC to give opportunities to youngsters that will eventually help to bloom a good ODI team for 2019 WC.

  • ms2000 on March 19, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Sanath is correct. These 2 have played with him for years. They were team mates. Today Sanath is the Chairman of the selectors. They should surely had the courtesy to inform Sanath before it was done by the media. There are some ethics that must be followed no matter what diffrences you have with the management. Anyway all 3 of them, Sanath Sanga and Mahela are legends of Cricketin sri lanka. They have done the best they couod for the country and never tried to have personal gains during their career. Unfortunately todays today most of the new Cricketers are not the same.

  • on March 19, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    sanatth is the selector so that he expects respect from players ....

  • yohandf on March 19, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Jayasuriya should not jump on this matter right now as we are in the verge of ICC WT20 . He instead can take a disciplinary action after this tournament and even ban both a couple of games . That can be done only if any violation happened against SLC code of ethics . Should not disturb the moral of team in this moment .

  • TEROSHAN on March 19, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    This is very simple Great Sanath, MJ & Sanga Has taken their decisions now.. Let them to do their own retirement as far as they are not damaging the Sri Lankan Cricket.. They Should Play ODI until 2015 and Should continue Playing Test for at least another 02 Years.. Yes Your here to Select & Manage the Situation (Which you have been doing very up to now..)and Pls continue on that and don't let the team down by making such statement to the Media Better you spoke to the Both Great mans and make an advise as a gentlemen.. Which you are talking about.. (Hello Hello Lets Play Cricket it is T20 time Win or Lost does not matter ) Sanath Sanga MJ Your are Our Heroes...

  • hkglpr on March 19, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Sanath, What do you expect from them? With the pressure created by SLC, I expect not only the retirements but also knocking out of the tournament in the 1st round. Poor Sri Lankan Cricketers..... What have they done wrong to deserve this? May be because they were in the finals in last major tournaments and won the Asia cup.

  • ajith0813 on March 19, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    I think Dilshan should retire now. Unfortunate retiring sanga. Don't worry sana. You have enough talented young guys.

  • on March 19, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    The pair of them have been gems for SL cricket for many years...I don't think sanath should be getting upset...they have been burnt many times by SLC... Let them have there time to shine

  • MH19 on March 19, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    Move on Sana you should be glad that they are retiring and making way to the next generation to come in so accept this from both hands and make sure we find the right talent to repalce them.Without doubt those two have done yoeman services to our country and cricket.

  • covadrive on March 19, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised if this was in direct response to the contract situation. We saw it happen with Malinga on test cricket and now two more legends follow suit in T20.

    Remember T20 WC happens every 2 years unlike ODI WC. Hence there is no need for Mahela or Sanga to retire after this T20 WC. They could have easily played for another T20 WC because these guys are still at their best. Unfortunately this trend will continue if the politicians keep poking their nose into this great game and not understand the need to compensate players.

    Remember cricketers are no longer part time players. This is their career and if you want to develop and nurture talent their needs to be incentives. We need to stop thinking this is a "gentlemen's sports" because it isn't anymore. If SLC does not recognize this, pretty soon not too many will play past their 30's because there is lot of money to be made in T20 franchised leagues.

  • on March 19, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    so technically both sanga and mahela are not employees of SLC as they have not signed contracts yet. despite all these off field issues, Sri Lanka is yet to be beaten in Bangladesh for last three months; only way to answer all these issues is winning the cup. lets bring the ICC T20 WORD CUP home and entire country is behind you. all the best and good luck lions. wounded lion is more dangerous so beware.

  • Mahaanama on March 19, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Jayasuriya was the one who never wanted to inform anyone that he would retire. I don't understand why he expects two seniors to inform him before everyone. Moreover both of them are 36+ now. They will be 38+ by the time next T20 WC starts in 2016. So this is the perfect time for them to retire from T20 cricket to give opportunities to youngsters. Also we have seen that SLC leaking some confidential information to media which was very unethical and also could have damaged players' image. We have never seen Jayasuriya was criticizing such things. It's always respectful to announce retirement themselves before getting informed by someone that they will be dropped from T20 team if they won't retire from T20 cricket after this T20 WC. T20 is not a big deal. We have many youngsters to replace these two greats in T20 team. Jayasuriya could be right if Mahela & Sanga announced their retirements from test cricket without informing anyone in SLC.

  • on March 19, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    As matured people give the priority for this tournament ( 20-20). Thereafter take these issues of unethical behaviours or ask them to stay in the game for a few years. The both parties should pay priority to the game and shall act with responsibility rather than emotions.

  • vswami on March 19, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Jayasuriya has a point. Its incredibly unprofessional to not inform your employer first whatever be the grievance you may have. Sanga and Mahela enjoy a superstar status within the country but havent been behaving with a standard befitting their status.

  • sanjudil on March 19, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    I really can not understand why SLC is bringing up contract issues just before an important tournament. If I remember well they did this earlier as well. I do believe that this contract issue has a connection over duos's decision to retire. We all have lost faith in SLC and they are now blaming two legends on their decisions. When players play for country SLC treat them badly and when they get disappointed, SLC still expect them to respect. Cricket is a mind game and everyone knows that players should be kept away from this kind of stupid things except SLC. I'm wondering whether someone else from outside the country is paying members of SLC to disturb the mentality of the players prior to a big tournament. We live in an unfortunate country where there is no chance to express pure talent without hindrance. Even if Jayasuriya was disappointed over their decision, he could have waited till the end of this tournament if he was worried about the country.

  • dunger.bob on March 19, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    I can't understand why Jaya seems to be taking this so personally. It's as if he thinks they've done it just to annoy him. Strange. .. I wonder if anyone in SL cricket has thought that paying their players on time might be a good idea?

  • 777aditya on March 19, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    just some personal vendetta - stop being vindictive Sanath

  • on March 19, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    Their retirement is disheartening to Srilankans But it is the principle indeed. you have delivered a lot of things to your supporters and it is now time to bid tgem Good bye.. ..

  • Vikum72 on March 19, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    What do you mean "supposedly having hastened his own retirement"? As far as I understand, Jayasuriya was about 2 years overdue! Jokes apart, I do believe Mahela and Sanga had the responsibility to informing the SLC/selectors officially about their decision, before going public. They are the seniors in this team and the role models for the youngsters. They have to set a good example. Reading between the lines, I feel M&S did this deliberately to let Sanath know their displeasure re the contract incident. Last year when the same issue came up, the media reported that the players agreed to sign after talks with Sanath. This year when the players wrote to SLC re the contracts, they mentioned that Sanath promised. Buth Jayasuria was very quick to refuse the claim and say he never promised anything, well..may be not in writing. I believe Jayasuriya did promise the players to get their cut this year and turned his back on them, which in tern led Sanga & Mahela to take the action they did.

  • on March 18, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Fair enough, cricketers who preach the world should have informed the board and selectors first! Nobody is bigger than the game. Cricketers are employed and paid. It is within the right of the SLC and selectors to decide when the retirements be announced in public.sometimes these retirements are not the best news to compliment the team strategy for Wt20. Players can decide when to retire but it's the board that decides when to announce and where!

  • SRAM20 on March 18, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    They are just retiring from T20's. How many T20's do countries (esp. the ones from the subcontinent) play at the intl level? What's Jayasuriya rambling on about? They have slipped in the news of their likely retirement from all formats at the 2015 WC or close to that. So they have informed that they are close to their end in other forms. For T20, informing or not informing doesnt matter for these guys (or for that matter any guy). Any decent guy can come in and perform in T20.

  • on March 18, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Common Jayasuriya.Be a man and get a life.Nothing to cry so much about this.Everyone knows they are on the verge of retirement.They deserve a good applaud not criticism.

  • allthegoodnamesaretaken on March 18, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    I feel like if Sanga and Jaya had told Jayasuriya, they would probably have not been selected to play, also because they did this I feel worried Jayasuriya wont select them for the ODI world cup.

  • mshyder on March 18, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    What is Jayasuria talking about? Has he not done the same by going public about his grievances. He could have had a talk with Sanga and Mahela at a personal level about this matter. It is not a big issue being unnecessarily blown up by Jayasuria.

  • on March 18, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Sanga & Mahela can retire when ever they like.They were not playing cricket with the help of politicians. I understand Jayasuriya's concern.because he may have informed all the authorities who helped to extend his career before retirement.

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on March 18, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Why not deal with the issue in house, instead of making public statements, especially in the midst of a big tournament!! Jayasuriya is a legend but he should be more diplomatic. SL players are talented and put their 100%, despite the consistent instability from their administrators. As a Bangladeshi, always admired Sanga, Murali and Mahela.

  • reachanand on March 18, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Nothing wrong in what Sanga and Mahela did.

  • siddharth_r2001 on March 18, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    What does Jayasuriya mean by "selectors could then prepare Sri Lanka for the next phase"? What "next phase" is he talking about here? KS and MJ are still going to be playing ODIs (till the 2015 WC at least) and Tests (as long as SL play a plethora of Tests vs Bangladesh!). So what "preparation for the next phase" does he want? It's not as if SL are going to play a whole bunch of T20 internationals after the World T20 is done. And the next World T20 is 2 years away, which is more than enough time to prepare the next generation.

  • on March 18, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    SL has to play in ODIs untill next WC Kusal, Thirimanne, Chandimal, Mathews, Priyanjan with Mahela or Snaga or Dilshan. Dont play all three together. In the WC then SL can use all three , if they are in form at the time.

  • PFEL on March 18, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    I don't se what he's upset about? They're just retiring from international T20 cricket, which is not that serious and they only play like 3 or 4 games a year usually anyway . . .

  • Vijay_P_S on March 18, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    What difference would it make? They should still be playing this WT20 even if he knew beforehand. They are two best players from the country. SL cricket would struggle once they are gone.

  • the_blue_android on March 18, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    How many centuries do these batsmen have outside of the subcontinent? Like 3-4 each? Mahela in fact has scored 50 % of his test runs in one ground!

  • KingOwl on March 18, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    Many people are commenting based on their like or dislike for Sanga and Mahela vis-a-vis SLC/ Sanath. This is not an issue of liking or not. I don't like the SLC. But, I agree with Sanath's point. I think some communication with the chief selector would have been the appropriate thing to do, especially when the selectors have had a good relationship with the players. And Sanga and Mahela are known as decent, diplomatic people. Thus, out of character, I must say. Anyway, I hope the SL media will not make this into a huge issue, in the middle of a big tournament. And hopefully, Mahela stops reading the news!

  • BigINDFan on March 18, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Jayasuriya has a point in that Sanga and Mahela should have informed the selectors about their decision to retire from T20s before the media found out about it. Of course it is a nice thing not mandatory. It is not about how great these two are or if their decision made sense it is about keeping the selectors in the loop. Of course it is not a big deal as it is made out to be since selectors drop players without much explanation all the time. Case in point Pujara who does not enjoy the special attention from MSD nor selectors for the Ind ODI team.

  • 21tu on March 18, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Hi Jayasuriya is surprise to see Sanga and great Mahela commenting on retirement. May be Sanath was expecting these two will play as he did till the age of 40.hahhaa funny Sanath..these two greats has other plans for the future,not like you to make a name & then spoil the name of cricket.Mr.Jayasuriya dont make silly comments!! try to build a fresh team with the young ones,,its your responsibility now

  • on March 18, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Jayasuria does have a point. If the SLC is anything like the government, Sanga and Jayawardne may be not be seen again with this lack of respect!

  • Lord.emsworth on March 18, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Sangakarra and Mahela, perhaps it would have been best that you announced your retirements after the T20 World cup was over and done with. And Sanath Jayasuriya, maybe you should have kept your disappointment under your hat till after the WC too. All three of you have only caused some sort of disharmony and possible fraction-building in the team. A mentally well-balanced team is also important to win tournaments...Settle your issues NOW!

  • on March 18, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    I can't help but agree with some points made by Jayasuriya here... Though i don't feel Sanga and Mahela have ever let their country down at any point of time, i feel they should have made their decision adequately clear to the board before going public with it. Sudden announcements in the middle of a tournament tend to unsettle a side and may even affect their performance in the tournament. It's not a big deal, but then, as legends of the game, they should have had that much of courtesy

  • on March 18, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    I am a great fan of both Kumar and Mahela, but I think they should have spoken to the selectors prior to going public about their T20 retirements.

  • keralite on March 18, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Is this a serious issue? A team plays only a few T20Int'l a year. Sri Lanka definitely has players who can replace these players in t20.Tests and 50 overs is a different matter. Is Jayasuriya overreacting? Lankan friends what do you think?

  • Charindra on March 18, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    What is Sanath complaining about?? It's the end of the world cup, T20 is still not serious cricket and it gives them two years to groom replacements for these two. I feel it's a timely decision. Well done champs.

  • on March 18, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    we ar

    let them their own ways because they had hard earn for SLC so they always greatest man

  • ThilankaK on March 18, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Think about the other way , what happens If Jayasuriya drop MJ & Sanga without informing them & after that they will know the news through media ? every one will criticized Jayasuriya ! so now what ??? they should inform SLC before Media because this is the gentlemen's game !!!

  • on March 18, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Mahela, the most classiest of Lankan Batsman ever I think, has had his shares of injuries lately and it appears he is going to retire from all forms of cricket soon. SangaKara as it appears has just been selfish and want to earn bigger rewards, hence he will continue to play in IPL. That is simply selfish and one's personality traits come out some time.

  • on March 18, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    I love the game but not the management I love the country but the politics,thank god I am not living in SL otherwise I have to tolerate all these nonsense

  • SL_Boy on March 18, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    When come to Sanga's wicket keeping is not up to standerd last few matches, may be it is time ... but still he bats perfect

    when you retaire i think they should inform the board first, specially Mahela is a pure push from the Board like (Chandi) ... i believe other have talent.

    so now on SL cricket board should check before selecting the next tour group who is retired in internet.

    also if some one says they quite to play IPL it does not make sense.

  • Htc-Android on March 18, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    What is Jayasurya trying to say over here. Is he expecting Sanga nad Mahela to play T20 cricket till the age of 40? This was the timely call from these two legends. We have 2 more years to build a team for the next T20 worldcup. Thats more than enough.

  • jokerbala on March 18, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    First I thought Jayasurya is rambling about nothing, but as a professional I feel he has a point. You have to inform your employer first when you plan to quit as a courtesy. It is not compulsory but doing so would be the decent thing to do. But neither is Jayasurya being decent in giving such interviews to the media when their team is playiing in a world tournament. He must have made these coments when sanga and JW have no efect on the team maybe a year or so later. I am not implying Sanga and JW will underperform , infact they might just do the opposite but why make a controversy ahead of an important tournament.

  • on March 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Sanga has been my absolute over the past few years. Class speaks when he bats, keeps wickets and even when he talks! A true legend! Respect to the two greats of the game!

  • LankaGod on March 18, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Why is Jayasuriya taking away attention by making his comments public? Anyways, I think it is the right time for these two modern greats to take a bow from T20s and ODIs. They have served the country and mesmerized fans- they have done their bit. Time to blood in more from our bench strength in readiness for WC 2015.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 18, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    @Stefan Rozairo: Your comment clearly demonstrates your lack of IPL knowledge. The IPL only provides contracts to players who are FULLY available for the entire season. Sri Lanka have an upcoming tour to Ireland and England during the IPL season. So a lot of their players didn't put forward their names in the auction including Kumar Sangakkara. The ones that did put their names were not chosen because they were not capped players and nobody knows about them. Mahela did put forward his name but he wasn't picked up because he would be most likely available only for 2 weeks and that's not going to help any of the teams given the amount of money they pay these players. Availability is a key factor in the IPL.

  • yuvi_gladiator on March 18, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    typical subcontinent mindset this, they did not tell him because he would have tried to convince them to retire from ipl first. the day he starts accepting decisions from others as a professional, they might actually tell him first in future

  • on March 18, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    We all have great belief and respect towards sanga and mahela...and no one can vanish it with this kind of pointless comment from sanath

  • nickexplore on March 18, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    With the next WT20 not till 2016 it makes perfect sense for the two senior players to retire after this one. The way SLC ex-co has played over the last week leaves a lot to be desired. Sanath should understand that the current player/cricket board impasse is bad timing for everyone and may explain the lack of communication. If Sanath had been with the team in Bangladesh, he would certainly have been told of Jayawardena's decision before the press. Sanath and his selectors should look at the big picture, and be more than happy that SL cricket will still have their team stalwarts Sangakkara and Mahela for the upcoming England tour, the home series (2 Tests and 3 ODIs) vs South Africa in July, and beyond.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 18, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela T20 retirements r very wise just after WC. Because now potential replacement youngsters have 2 years of time to get the experiences that means 20 matches. But if they retire 2015 then youngster may have 1 year that means only 10 matches or so.it's not enough to get the exposure. MJ and KS r unmatchable batsmen after De Silva. Even last year or so they stay in the not because of SJ.because of their better performance. Sanga continuously keep the form but Mahela played match wining innigs from Crustal moments. So y should they inform SJ before retire. If they inform SJ he will urge please play another 2 years atleast 2016 WC. Sanga and Mahela we r always with your decision.it's unselfish wise decision.

  • raomal on March 18, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I think it is time for Jayasuriya to take note and step down! There should be a ban on politicians in cricket boards. Maybe Mahela or Sanga can take the vacant seat on the board when Jaya resigns.

  • ARad on March 18, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    This is NOT about the selectors. I am not sure why anyone should care about how a selector feels. Further, no selector will (or should) keep a player in the team just because of seniority. Form is temporary but class is permanent is the only reason for persevering with any player, not seniority, but seniority and the above sentiment are often in sync for obvious reasons.

    Also, Jayasuriya suggests that players owe a lot to the SLC. Is that really true? If MJ or KS had not performed well (as youngsters) and if SLC had suitable replacements, they would have not had a long career. SLC is NEVER a beneficial organization that hands out goodies to those in need. What players receive is the direct result of their performance.

    With these in mind, there is no reason to expect players to plan their lives with SLC's needs in their mind. They must choose what is right for themselves. SLC employees/selectors should not portray themselves to be philanthropists or more important than they are.

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on March 18, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Why is Jayasuriya crying for the spilled milk? I truly understand that it would have been ideal if they told the selection panel beforehand. But everyone knows about the issues which they had with the SLC. This is about the keeping promises to each other. For instance, during the last ICC tournament, Jayasuriya is the one who solved the problem about the fee at ICC tournaments. There, he promised a word to give them the required amount. However, he couldn't keep his promise and now before this ICC event the problem was there again and the players were not happy about what he's done regarding that problem. Therefore, it's not rocket science to see that there were a few issues going on here and there.

  • shibuvin on March 18, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Jayasuriya is so Dominating as a Selector. SL Players don't like him personally..

  • on March 18, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I guess Jayasuriya has a point in that players generally inform their board before going public with such decisions. It's not just about having enough time for rebuilding the team for the next world cup or whether the timing of the decision is right. And from what I have gathered from news articles, Jayasuriya has been the one who has been trying to get the players and the board to work things out and has ,like he says in the article, always kept the senior players in the loop.

    However, I don't see how his outburst is going the be helpful especially with such a major tournament about to get under way.

  • on March 18, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    All the comments about wanting IPL money is nonsense. They didn't even get contracts this time round. And these two are not the type to chase money.

  • shibuvin on March 18, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    @KingOwl, What you meant by Employers? Selectors are Just another employees in the Camp.Quite Simple as that..

  • Zahidsaltin on March 18, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Jayasuria has a valid point here. No doubt Sanga and Mahala are great players but they should have done this by the moral book.

  • on March 18, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    I m v v happy abt sanga n jaya quits t20 that freat news for sm young player if srilanka 2 cm in the team but still i really think IPL make them take thar decision money is big now a day club cricket is bigger that country

  • KingOwl on March 18, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    I like both Sanga and Mahela. But I think what Sanath says is valid. The decent thing would have been to tell the selectors before the media. I am not sure why it had to happen that way. Perhaps Sanga and Mahela are unhappy over some issues. Still, the professional thing is to tell your employer first. That is what all professional do. When the news came out, I just assumed that the selectors were aware. Having said that, it is not clear whether they did tell the selectors informally, but not in writing. If that was the case, then it is quite understandable.

  • on March 18, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    we will miss u sanga n mahela ):

  • vasanth6868 on March 18, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    I don`t know what the fuss is all about . The selectors are not obliged to tell the players before dropping them. So , why is it expected of the players to inform the selectors before retiring ? ... jayawardene and sanga are not youngsters ,almost 37 yrs old, neither are they T20 specialists. Their timing to retire from T20s is absolute right , if not late.

  • shakeena on March 18, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    THE WHOLE COUNTRY LOVES YOU SANGA & MAHELA... with all due respect towards the Sri Lankan best all rounder Sana, I say it's good to wind up your career in the right time than waiting to be thrown out of the team.. TAKE A BOW YOU KINGS OF CLASSIC CRICKET

  • Lakpj on March 18, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    I don't think Jayasuriya be dissapointed about this, it is the SLC that should be held responsible. They are retiring after the WC so I can't see any fault in their decision. the selectors have enough time till the next T20 WC.

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  • Lakpj on March 18, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    I don't think Jayasuriya be dissapointed about this, it is the SLC that should be held responsible. They are retiring after the WC so I can't see any fault in their decision. the selectors have enough time till the next T20 WC.

  • shakeena on March 18, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    THE WHOLE COUNTRY LOVES YOU SANGA & MAHELA... with all due respect towards the Sri Lankan best all rounder Sana, I say it's good to wind up your career in the right time than waiting to be thrown out of the team.. TAKE A BOW YOU KINGS OF CLASSIC CRICKET

  • vasanth6868 on March 18, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    I don`t know what the fuss is all about . The selectors are not obliged to tell the players before dropping them. So , why is it expected of the players to inform the selectors before retiring ? ... jayawardene and sanga are not youngsters ,almost 37 yrs old, neither are they T20 specialists. Their timing to retire from T20s is absolute right , if not late.

  • on March 18, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    we will miss u sanga n mahela ):

  • KingOwl on March 18, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    I like both Sanga and Mahela. But I think what Sanath says is valid. The decent thing would have been to tell the selectors before the media. I am not sure why it had to happen that way. Perhaps Sanga and Mahela are unhappy over some issues. Still, the professional thing is to tell your employer first. That is what all professional do. When the news came out, I just assumed that the selectors were aware. Having said that, it is not clear whether they did tell the selectors informally, but not in writing. If that was the case, then it is quite understandable.

  • on March 18, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    I m v v happy abt sanga n jaya quits t20 that freat news for sm young player if srilanka 2 cm in the team but still i really think IPL make them take thar decision money is big now a day club cricket is bigger that country

  • Zahidsaltin on March 18, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Jayasuria has a valid point here. No doubt Sanga and Mahala are great players but they should have done this by the moral book.

  • shibuvin on March 18, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    @KingOwl, What you meant by Employers? Selectors are Just another employees in the Camp.Quite Simple as that..

  • on March 18, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    All the comments about wanting IPL money is nonsense. They didn't even get contracts this time round. And these two are not the type to chase money.

  • on March 18, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I guess Jayasuriya has a point in that players generally inform their board before going public with such decisions. It's not just about having enough time for rebuilding the team for the next world cup or whether the timing of the decision is right. And from what I have gathered from news articles, Jayasuriya has been the one who has been trying to get the players and the board to work things out and has ,like he says in the article, always kept the senior players in the loop.

    However, I don't see how his outburst is going the be helpful especially with such a major tournament about to get under way.