Sri Lanka news March 25, 2014

Jayasuriya reconciles with senior players

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Sri Lanka's selectors have reconciled with Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, after their displeasure at not being informed of the senior players' Twenty20 retirement plans had played out in public. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said he had spoken to both players at length and eased the tension.

"I had a very good chat with Sanga and Mahela. There was a small miscommunication from their part also, but nothing like that will happen again," Jayasuriya said. "They have never had any problems with the selection committee, and they had always wanted to be in touch with me. But after this we had a very good talk."

Both Jayasuriya and fellow-selector Pramodya Wickaramasinghe had publically expressed dismay at learning of the retirements through media. Sangakkara had told a local paper "I won't be playing T20 internationals after [World T20]," in the days before the team departed for the tournament, before Jayawardene announced his retirement through the ICC's Twitter Mirror campaign, around 24 hours after the team touched down in Bangladesh.

"Sanga said he didn't mean to officially announce his retirement, and he only said it was his last tour," Jayasuriya said. "So I know what happened, and we understand each other." In the same interview in which Sangakkara had spoken of quitting T20s, he had said he would consult with selectors and the board before finalising the timing of his ODI retirement.

In a response to a local report on Jayasuriya's reaction on learning the news second-hand, Jayawardene had said he had decided to announce his retirement just ahead of the tournament in Bangladesh, and also "in an informal manner as I had always planned". Both players had repeatedly suggested they would wind down their international careers over the next 18 months, with the 2015 World Cup likely the see the last of them in ODIs.

Neither Sangakkara nor Jayawardene have made substantial contributions to Sri Lanka's World T20 campaigns so far, but the team have won both their matches, with a victory over England on Thursday likely to secure a place in the semi-finals.

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

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  • Sl-Cricfan: on March 29, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    This is the time to rebuild our T20 ream.after the retire of sanga,mahela our team will face to transition period.dilshan ranga will retier soon.So this is the time(in england tour) to give chance,big hitters like Munaweera,Bhanuka,kapugedara,Priyanjan,Anjelo perera,. we should agree,we are the least batting power team in top 8 teams this wc. t20 is mainly associate with batting power.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 29, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Time to Create new T20 team 4 SL. Mahela and Sanga expected to retire from this WC. Chandimal should drop caption as well as team. Dilshan and Hearth should be forcefully retired if they not willing to retire. Then give chances to Chathuranga De Silva,Ashan Priyanjan,Kithruwan in T20 team. And Brind some good experience T20 players like Maharoof,Mubarak,Lokuhettige,Jeewan Mendis Give few chances to Dilshan Munaweera,Akila Dhananjaya,Angelo Perera

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Should Dinesh Chandimal continue as T20 captain? 1. Yes. It's important that SL groom young leaders 2. No. He doesn't deserve a place in the team 3. No, but he should remain captain till the WT20 ends

  • on March 26, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    SL future XI should be: 1. KJP (play Jayasuriya role) 2. Chandi (play Atapattu role) 3. Thiri (play Sangakkara role) 4. Priyanjan (Jayawardene role) 5. Angelo P./Vithanage (can play aggresive middle order role, in case top order is too slow, or too set up platform for pinch hitters) 6. Mathews (plays his own role (:) 7. Maharoof/TP (bowling allrounders and useful pinchhitters) 8. Kulasekara (obviously) 9. Slinga (double obviously) 10. Dananjaya/Tharindu K. (extremely talented young spinners) 11. Sena/Mendis (experienced spinners to guide inexperienced ones , before they retire), the 15 players mentioned above should be the basic SL squad once the big 3 and Herath retire (squad for ODIs).

  • JF19 on March 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I am confused with the comments made by Edna Loss. On one hand there are no replacements for the current stars and on the other hand some of the new faces are future stars?

  • Merny on March 26, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I think the photograph says it all; Sanga looking towards the ground and thinking,"I really don't believe this guy" - Chandimal thinking, "No, that's not the truth" and Mahela looking up at the skies and praying for some divine intervention.

  • ksquared on March 26, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Why is every one trying to make a mountain out of a molehill? Glad we can get back to the job at hand and that's winning games. @NP_NY you don't have a clue about SL cricket, people said the same thing about SL when people like Arjuna, Aravinda, and many of the 96 WC winning side retired. Even without Mahela or Sanga SL has a host of talented cricketers who will perform given enough experience in the international arena prime examples are Kaushal Silva and Thirimanne. Almost every team starts rebuilding after world cups and SL are the same. SL fans will always have faith in their team.

  • on March 26, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    After Sanga and Mahela, i see no Stars in sri lankan cricket, Dilshan will be calling quits soon. But on the Bright side i see promise in Kusal Perera,Thirimanne,Senanayake as future stars to replace the old guard.

  • NP_NY on March 26, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    The only two players who won SL matches in the last 10 years are starting to retire. Malinga doesn't have too many years either. The future looks bleak for SL cricket. Thanks to politicians like Jayasuriya, it's going to get even worse.

  • CUPULW on March 26, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    This is Sana play-acting like the Politician he is. Not only Mahela and Kumar but also Dilly have repeatedly said in all their interviews since CWC 2011, that they intend to play on till CWC 2015 if fit and selected for SL team.

    While Dilly retired from tests Mahela & Sanga have carried on but again have said to anyone who listens that their swan-song in T20 will be the 2014 world cup and ODI will be World cup 2015 (if fit and selected).

    Not only them but 2015 will probably be the end of Malinga, Rangana and Kulasekara also, the 3 best bowlers we have in T20 & ODIs. Each of them have said the World cup would be the right time and place to retire.

  • Sl-Cricfan: on March 29, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    This is the time to rebuild our T20 ream.after the retire of sanga,mahela our team will face to transition period.dilshan ranga will retier soon.So this is the time(in england tour) to give chance,big hitters like Munaweera,Bhanuka,kapugedara,Priyanjan,Anjelo perera,. we should agree,we are the least batting power team in top 8 teams this wc. t20 is mainly associate with batting power.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 29, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Time to Create new T20 team 4 SL. Mahela and Sanga expected to retire from this WC. Chandimal should drop caption as well as team. Dilshan and Hearth should be forcefully retired if they not willing to retire. Then give chances to Chathuranga De Silva,Ashan Priyanjan,Kithruwan in T20 team. And Brind some good experience T20 players like Maharoof,Mubarak,Lokuhettige,Jeewan Mendis Give few chances to Dilshan Munaweera,Akila Dhananjaya,Angelo Perera

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Should Dinesh Chandimal continue as T20 captain? 1. Yes. It's important that SL groom young leaders 2. No. He doesn't deserve a place in the team 3. No, but he should remain captain till the WT20 ends

  • on March 26, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    SL future XI should be: 1. KJP (play Jayasuriya role) 2. Chandi (play Atapattu role) 3. Thiri (play Sangakkara role) 4. Priyanjan (Jayawardene role) 5. Angelo P./Vithanage (can play aggresive middle order role, in case top order is too slow, or too set up platform for pinch hitters) 6. Mathews (plays his own role (:) 7. Maharoof/TP (bowling allrounders and useful pinchhitters) 8. Kulasekara (obviously) 9. Slinga (double obviously) 10. Dananjaya/Tharindu K. (extremely talented young spinners) 11. Sena/Mendis (experienced spinners to guide inexperienced ones , before they retire), the 15 players mentioned above should be the basic SL squad once the big 3 and Herath retire (squad for ODIs).

  • JF19 on March 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I am confused with the comments made by Edna Loss. On one hand there are no replacements for the current stars and on the other hand some of the new faces are future stars?

  • Merny on March 26, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I think the photograph says it all; Sanga looking towards the ground and thinking,"I really don't believe this guy" - Chandimal thinking, "No, that's not the truth" and Mahela looking up at the skies and praying for some divine intervention.

  • ksquared on March 26, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Why is every one trying to make a mountain out of a molehill? Glad we can get back to the job at hand and that's winning games. @NP_NY you don't have a clue about SL cricket, people said the same thing about SL when people like Arjuna, Aravinda, and many of the 96 WC winning side retired. Even without Mahela or Sanga SL has a host of talented cricketers who will perform given enough experience in the international arena prime examples are Kaushal Silva and Thirimanne. Almost every team starts rebuilding after world cups and SL are the same. SL fans will always have faith in their team.

  • on March 26, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    After Sanga and Mahela, i see no Stars in sri lankan cricket, Dilshan will be calling quits soon. But on the Bright side i see promise in Kusal Perera,Thirimanne,Senanayake as future stars to replace the old guard.

  • NP_NY on March 26, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    The only two players who won SL matches in the last 10 years are starting to retire. Malinga doesn't have too many years either. The future looks bleak for SL cricket. Thanks to politicians like Jayasuriya, it's going to get even worse.

  • CUPULW on March 26, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    This is Sana play-acting like the Politician he is. Not only Mahela and Kumar but also Dilly have repeatedly said in all their interviews since CWC 2011, that they intend to play on till CWC 2015 if fit and selected for SL team.

    While Dilly retired from tests Mahela & Sanga have carried on but again have said to anyone who listens that their swan-song in T20 will be the 2014 world cup and ODI will be World cup 2015 (if fit and selected).

    Not only them but 2015 will probably be the end of Malinga, Rangana and Kulasekara also, the 3 best bowlers we have in T20 & ODIs. Each of them have said the World cup would be the right time and place to retire.

  • nickexplore on March 26, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    This reconciliation is good and timely, with Sri Lanka playing so well and on the brink of a semi-final place. Mathews, Mendis and co. were superb against Netherlands and now, as the competition heats up, match-winning performances will be required from the senior batsmen for SL to win the cup.

  • vatsap on March 26, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    Jayasuriya can't stay away from lime light even after retirement. First of all we have the joke these days of folks retiring from T20 Intl, ODI, Test and then professional leagues and the needless drama that goes along with each of the retirements and along comes a selector and former cricketer who ridicules some greats in public, who play without contracts. May be Jayasuriya has learnt quite a bit from the former Indian cricketers.

  • surgeon101 on March 25, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    definite mistake on the part of sanga and mahela. They should have know better than to make such statements without consulting the selectors, especially when this lot of selectors have done an excellent job so far and been respectful to them. Well done Sanath for sorting this out professionally as well.

  • on March 25, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela do not need anybody's permission or prior notification to retire. They have EARNED it over the years and if they were not there, SLC would have been a joke and we will still see Sanath opening in T20I. Besides that is the same guy who traveled to ENG in 2011 to have his own retirement in grand fashion, but exited out with a "puss wedillak". Sanath was great in hay-day but he stayed in the team by force and by political influence way after his expiration day. So I guess he is the best guy in SL to teach ethics!!!! PS: I guess during the last Champions league T20....how SLC and their propaganda handled the situation (Sanga's Loyalty) must be the ethical way by Sanath's standards!!

  • priya65 on March 25, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Sanath should be commended for not politicizing the selection procedure. This selection committee is the only one who eagerly follow cricket. They don't select people be just looking at score cards. All their recent finds have performed well. In that light it must have been extremely embarrassing for sanath to get the news from mediaa. However all 3 are modern cricketing greats. Great people do things differently. So we should not criticize the trio this way we do with otheres

  • on March 25, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Selectors being unaware of senior players retiring is ridiculous. It indicates that Mahela and Kumar think of themselves of being bigger than the Team. Imagine you are announce on twitter that you are quitting your job and thats how your employer finds out? Where is the professional?

  • on March 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    It would have been ideal, if the duo had kept the Cricketing authorities in Lanka in the loop on their proposed calling it Quits after the ICC T20 World Cup tour.This is all the more required, where they are not going to call it time, from the other 2 formats of the game as well !

    But for the support & encouragement from Lankan Cricket Council, Selection Panel, & the passionate & crazy fans of Lanka ,they would not have come to this level, of course, with the associated fame in it !

    But Sanat Jayasuriya deserves kudos for having sorted out the imbroglio without further hiccups as sort of win-win situation for the 2 players & Authorities !

  • myStraightTalk on March 25, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    It looks like reconcile but the damage to the team spirit has already been done. Now they have the pressure to do it well which might not happen when people are expecting them to do well.

  • Charindra on March 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I would like to hear Sanga and Mahela's side too before deciding if all is well.

  • SLMaster on March 25, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    It is good that all are settled. Miscommunications are every where....neither side is wrong in their opinions.

  • slazenger on March 25, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    I am with Chief Selector Jayasuriya on this issue. Both Mahela and Sanga was treated well under Jayasuriya even thay had issues when Jayasuriya was a player. So far Jayasuriya is doing a good job.

  • on March 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    I am growing tired of this soap opera.

  • on March 25, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    All well that ends well. Now to focus and win it all. Go Lions let's do this!

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  • on March 25, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    All well that ends well. Now to focus and win it all. Go Lions let's do this!

  • on March 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    I am growing tired of this soap opera.

  • slazenger on March 25, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    I am with Chief Selector Jayasuriya on this issue. Both Mahela and Sanga was treated well under Jayasuriya even thay had issues when Jayasuriya was a player. So far Jayasuriya is doing a good job.

  • SLMaster on March 25, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    It is good that all are settled. Miscommunications are every where....neither side is wrong in their opinions.

  • Charindra on March 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I would like to hear Sanga and Mahela's side too before deciding if all is well.

  • myStraightTalk on March 25, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    It looks like reconcile but the damage to the team spirit has already been done. Now they have the pressure to do it well which might not happen when people are expecting them to do well.

  • on March 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    It would have been ideal, if the duo had kept the Cricketing authorities in Lanka in the loop on their proposed calling it Quits after the ICC T20 World Cup tour.This is all the more required, where they are not going to call it time, from the other 2 formats of the game as well !

    But for the support & encouragement from Lankan Cricket Council, Selection Panel, & the passionate & crazy fans of Lanka ,they would not have come to this level, of course, with the associated fame in it !

    But Sanat Jayasuriya deserves kudos for having sorted out the imbroglio without further hiccups as sort of win-win situation for the 2 players & Authorities !

  • on March 25, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Selectors being unaware of senior players retiring is ridiculous. It indicates that Mahela and Kumar think of themselves of being bigger than the Team. Imagine you are announce on twitter that you are quitting your job and thats how your employer finds out? Where is the professional?

  • priya65 on March 25, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Sanath should be commended for not politicizing the selection procedure. This selection committee is the only one who eagerly follow cricket. They don't select people be just looking at score cards. All their recent finds have performed well. In that light it must have been extremely embarrassing for sanath to get the news from mediaa. However all 3 are modern cricketing greats. Great people do things differently. So we should not criticize the trio this way we do with otheres

  • on March 25, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela do not need anybody's permission or prior notification to retire. They have EARNED it over the years and if they were not there, SLC would have been a joke and we will still see Sanath opening in T20I. Besides that is the same guy who traveled to ENG in 2011 to have his own retirement in grand fashion, but exited out with a "puss wedillak". Sanath was great in hay-day but he stayed in the team by force and by political influence way after his expiration day. So I guess he is the best guy in SL to teach ethics!!!! PS: I guess during the last Champions league T20....how SLC and their propaganda handled the situation (Sanga's Loyalty) must be the ethical way by Sanath's standards!!