World T20 2014 April 8, 2014

Jayawardene, Sangakkara lash out at board

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Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have lashed out at SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga for his handling of the news of their retirement, soon after they landed in Sri Lanka following a victorious World T20 campaign. In response, SLC issued a statement refuting Jayawardene's "unsubstantiated accusations against the secretary", saying Ranatunga had not commented on the matter at all.*

The manner in which their retirements were made public caused controversy, when chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya expressed deep disappointment at not having been made aware of the retirements first. Sangakkara had announced his retirement in a one-on-one newspaper interview, while Jayawardene did so via the ICC's Twitter mirror campaign, in the week before their first official match.

"I'm very disappointed that without asking us what we had said about our retirements to any media, our board secretary went to the media and made certain comments about us," Jayawardene said. "If he had been a responsible person, he would not have done that. He would first have asked us what we had announced."

Jayasuriya later reconciled with the Jayawardene and Sangakkara, after he had spoken at length with the players. He had put their disagreement down to miscommunication - a sentiment Jayawardene agreed with.

"We later spoke to the selector who had also made comments, and he had also been told that we had announced our retirements. However, we hadn't said that. We had said this was our last World T20, that's all.

"I've now brought a letter with me saying I'm retiring from World T20, and I'll hand that over. But I'm very disappointed about the way we were put into that mental state before a tournament like this, by the person who is responsible. That's the true story."

While the board admitted Jayasuriya had "personally expressed his point of view purely from a selectors perspective", Ranatunga, it said, "had not volunteered any statement to the press regarding Mahela Jayawardene's decision to address the media regarding his apparent retirement". "Sri Lanka Cricket, as an institution, regrets such unsubstantiated accusations leveled against the hony. secretary ... by a senior member of the national team without verifying the facts at a public forum." However, the board would take no further action, the statement concluded: "Sri Lanka Cricket will make no further releases on this subject matter and shall treat this matter as closed."

When pressed for his thoughts, Sangakkara said he agreed completely with the views Jayawardene voiced.

"When I was asked by the Island newspaper, I said this was my final World T20. Neither I, nor Mahela, went out of our way to make these announcements - we just answered questions that were asked of us. Luckily, we were able to clear it up with the one person we had wanted to talk to - chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya. Once we talked to him, it became clear to him and both myself and Mahela what had actually happened. We aren't responsible for what happened."

Sangakkara had clashed with Ranatunga in October last year, over his Champions League representation, while Jayawardene had a run-in with the board at the end of 2012, about a confidential letter to SLC that had been leaked to the press. The players are also presently engaged in a contracts dispute with the board, after they had demanded SLC reinstate a players' share of the payment SLC receives from the ICC, for global-event participation.

10.30GMT, April 9: The article has been updated with the SLC's response.

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

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  • shanepe2003 on April 11, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @ Mohammad fafi# mate! with all the due respect I am telling u, you seems some one watched American baseball during entire t20 WC and just happend watch final randomly! waht about K janith in first against SA what about lahiru T. contribution in WI & NZ match & never underestimate sachithra S. contribution in vital moments. For u information so call grate sanga only contributed in finals! Know u r facts before u coment things on public..

  • on April 11, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Concur with most of the comments posted.

    All through the cricketing world, both Sanga and Mahela are respected on and off field.They are just fantastic individuals.

    I fail to understand why does every National Cricket Board have some incompetent bureaucrat or an incompetent politician, either at its' helm or occupying an important position. Is there any qualifying process in terms of selection of the board members?

  • on April 11, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Both are special players which deserves a retirement.

  • ramz30380 on April 11, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @ Qazi Hassan - The Ranatunga mentioned here is not Arjuna its SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga who i dont remember even playing for the country!!! This guy can take no credit - it is in his time that the SLC has become bankrupt, has indulged in taking a dig at the top players of the country! I am with Sanga and Mahela on this!

    @rk_ks - That was too harsh on the players - the players are the ones who win you games not the officials. Well there has been times in SL cricket when due to financial crisis both Mahela and Sanga hadnt even taken match fees, had put up with deferred payments, had shared their payments with the team... during such times where was this board and why didnt it live up to the rules tht it set??!!!!

    Jayasurya was the one who started this profit sharing concept during his playing days - now they are making a fuss & taking it on the players which is ridiculous!

  • on April 10, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Both Sanga and Mahela are SL heroes. They should also remember that Jayasuriya is no less a hero. Finally, it was Ranatunga who brough respect to SL for the first time and is a true SL legend.

    These 4 must acknowledge each other's greatness and not bring down each other.

  • rk_ks on April 10, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    No other country sportsmen had publicly stated their differences with board. Only SL can do it. As soon as they have the cup in hand, they are showing the true colors and still people call them as true sportsmen. How. You are playing in ICC tournament because the board hired you to play. You got to stick to their rules. If you don't like the rules get out and play somewhere else. Oh ya, no other board will take them right.

  • BigINDFan on April 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Chandimal must be saying - can I now get into the T20 team please since there are two spots open? The answer should still be heck no. As I said earlier this is just noise as fans do not care about it. They are still partying from the WC win. Happy to see SL win even though it was hard to take India losing. SL played better cricket.

  • on April 10, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @shanepe2003: Which is the youngster contribution you are talking about - the heroes for SL in the T20 WC are J'dene, Sanga, Malinga and Herath. I don't think any of them can be called as "youngsters". They are the old pros and the true reason for success. The only youngster who contributed to the team's success was Chandimal, by dropping himself!! If Sanga does not play that innings in the finals, it would have been another addition to SL final's loss list. So, first understand their achievements before commenting on how youngsters won the WC for you!

  • right_arm_fastest on April 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I respect both of these great players. Sanga was a true fighter.

  • on April 10, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Jaya and Sanga are legends for not only SL but for whole cricket. They are in their best form, it's the right time to take retirement. They still have lot to contribute in 50/test matches. Board is just an administrator cannot control players choice what they wanted to play.

  • shanepe2003 on April 11, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @ Mohammad fafi# mate! with all the due respect I am telling u, you seems some one watched American baseball during entire t20 WC and just happend watch final randomly! waht about K janith in first against SA what about lahiru T. contribution in WI & NZ match & never underestimate sachithra S. contribution in vital moments. For u information so call grate sanga only contributed in finals! Know u r facts before u coment things on public..

  • on April 11, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Concur with most of the comments posted.

    All through the cricketing world, both Sanga and Mahela are respected on and off field.They are just fantastic individuals.

    I fail to understand why does every National Cricket Board have some incompetent bureaucrat or an incompetent politician, either at its' helm or occupying an important position. Is there any qualifying process in terms of selection of the board members?

  • on April 11, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Both are special players which deserves a retirement.

  • ramz30380 on April 11, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @ Qazi Hassan - The Ranatunga mentioned here is not Arjuna its SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga who i dont remember even playing for the country!!! This guy can take no credit - it is in his time that the SLC has become bankrupt, has indulged in taking a dig at the top players of the country! I am with Sanga and Mahela on this!

    @rk_ks - That was too harsh on the players - the players are the ones who win you games not the officials. Well there has been times in SL cricket when due to financial crisis both Mahela and Sanga hadnt even taken match fees, had put up with deferred payments, had shared their payments with the team... during such times where was this board and why didnt it live up to the rules tht it set??!!!!

    Jayasurya was the one who started this profit sharing concept during his playing days - now they are making a fuss & taking it on the players which is ridiculous!

  • on April 10, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Both Sanga and Mahela are SL heroes. They should also remember that Jayasuriya is no less a hero. Finally, it was Ranatunga who brough respect to SL for the first time and is a true SL legend.

    These 4 must acknowledge each other's greatness and not bring down each other.

  • rk_ks on April 10, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    No other country sportsmen had publicly stated their differences with board. Only SL can do it. As soon as they have the cup in hand, they are showing the true colors and still people call them as true sportsmen. How. You are playing in ICC tournament because the board hired you to play. You got to stick to their rules. If you don't like the rules get out and play somewhere else. Oh ya, no other board will take them right.

  • BigINDFan on April 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Chandimal must be saying - can I now get into the T20 team please since there are two spots open? The answer should still be heck no. As I said earlier this is just noise as fans do not care about it. They are still partying from the WC win. Happy to see SL win even though it was hard to take India losing. SL played better cricket.

  • on April 10, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @shanepe2003: Which is the youngster contribution you are talking about - the heroes for SL in the T20 WC are J'dene, Sanga, Malinga and Herath. I don't think any of them can be called as "youngsters". They are the old pros and the true reason for success. The only youngster who contributed to the team's success was Chandimal, by dropping himself!! If Sanga does not play that innings in the finals, it would have been another addition to SL final's loss list. So, first understand their achievements before commenting on how youngsters won the WC for you!

  • right_arm_fastest on April 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I respect both of these great players. Sanga was a true fighter.

  • on April 10, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Jaya and Sanga are legends for not only SL but for whole cricket. They are in their best form, it's the right time to take retirement. They still have lot to contribute in 50/test matches. Board is just an administrator cannot control players choice what they wanted to play.

  • SirViv1973 on April 10, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Whether this is part of a personal agenda or not it has to be said that they are 2 great batsman and SRL will struggle to replace them both. SRL should make the most of having these guys around as I expect them to both bow out of international cricket altogether after next years WC.

  • on April 10, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    We will miss the legends immensely. One thing for sure both Mahela and Sanga are very truthful in their statements. In other words they do not lie. Slc sends out press releases, never take them as Gospel, because I have first hand experience in these releases that unfortunately lacks credibility

  • Metro-ant on April 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    I don't see how anyone can blame the board for this one. What kind of employer enjoys finding out that two stars are retiring through a third party like the media.

  • on April 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    As a non Sri Lankan, this is uninteresting politics. From a cricketing perspective these guys will be missed horribly by SL. To lose 2 fantastic players that held so many innings together at the same time is a huge blow. I hope they can fill the middle order at least half as successfully in the future. Good luck SL.

  • eddie_1 on April 10, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    If you are Sri Lankan you know this is standard fare. We all get bent out of shape for the tiniest things. Once I heard SL Coach Tom Moody comment, it is incredible how the players can even perform at the level they do, with all the political distractions going on. But on the flip side that what's makes Jayawardene, Sangakara and others tough.

  • shanepe2003 on April 10, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Quite admirable youngster contribution towards wining t20 WC but unfortunately two senior pros try to capitalise rare team achievement In to there hidden agendas. quite sad about seniors behaviour! Highly doubt they would lash out publicly if we lost T20... Haven't seen M Clarke lash out publicly their indifference with CA nether A cook or KP lash out ECB publicly nor SA players. Cos they know if they do, only looser will be their country which they truly passionate about. Why SL seniors can't think about it? Loving u r county is not just a word it's want u do & how u deal with it!

  • ajithabey on April 10, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The game is bigger than the players and officials some of whom have never played any form of cricket. Both Sanga & Mahela have expressed their views and the board as usual has given their version. Everyone knows the facts and it's time to move on and focus on the future especially preparing our team to meet the challenge in England in spring conditions and then the South African tour to Sri Lanka followed by the ICC 50 over World Cup in Aus/NZ. It is time that everyone gives their fullest support to the players to achieve greater heights in the future fresh from the recent T20 success.

  • HASSAANSHAZULI on April 10, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    What Mahela and Snaga did was absolutely right. The youngsters in the team will now fill the shoes of them. It might be wrong at first sight.The SLC will now have to bring another 2 players. Look at the way Jehan Mubarak is performing. He is having a wonderful season with the bat. Similarly Upul Tharanga performed well as a captain.So I think it is a good move. Sanga and Mahela will now be able to focus on the ODI and Test format especially for the 50 overs World Cup.All the best SL and its players.

  • M.Faheem on April 10, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    It is strange to know that Chief Selector's or Board's approval is required for Retiring...

  • on April 10, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Had Sri Lanka not won the World T20 would they have still lashed out at the board? I doubt so.

  • Roysingh1972 on April 10, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    These guys are the back bone of Sri Lanka! Sad to see them retired so soon, I hope to see you guys in the World Cup! Much love from Windies.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 10, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    So they didn't retire - they just didn't think they would be involved in the next World T20 in 2 years? Bit of a difference!

  • Rambo-123 on April 10, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Sanga & Mahela are two great players with lots of experience and they will never do a mistake specially dealing with media. This is a EGO issue and thanks for SANATH for understand the issue. KUMAR & MAHELA's form are still great and they can play T20. It would be nice to see them play few more matches. WE ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU GUYS...... YOU ALL ARE GREAT!!

  • Marcio on April 10, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Well, these same players have been the backbone of the team for over a decade. They seem to be in every format all the time - unlike other countries where there is a wide player base of a wide range of ages. I'm afraid this is the beginning of a very tough time for the SL team.

  • Dhushan on April 9, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    What a lot more would have been achieved by the SLC financially if it weren't for the involvement of politics & people such as Nishantha Ranatunga. It's such a sad state of affairs. We got to hand it to players such as Mahela & Kumar for playing through such unnecessary tension and state of mind, AND for winning the trophy. Much respect chaps.

  • on April 9, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    @Sahbas_s. Wathout mate.....SL will do that for 50 overs too.. Will see you there in Aus/NZ. Just don't jump the gun. Windies boasted they will win it twice in a raw. Now India is boasting. But above all the favourites the tiny cricketing nation Sri Lanka is showing consistency in all formats. So lets see... Don't come to conclusions.

  • rk_ks on April 9, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    @CricketPissek: Sanga and Mahela bought rare beauty. How and what beauty. What ever good happens to world cricket, SL fans frame that it was happened only because of Sanga and Mahela. This is too much guys.

  • ramz30380 on April 9, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    @Garretjacks I understand ur sentiments mate, coz thats how we felt when Dravid first and then Sachin announced their retirements - at least Sachin had the privilage of being part of a WC winning team, Dravid didnt.... but Dravid had the consolation of being in a team that had the Test Mace for the No.1 ranked side in the world. All these feats were denied to Sanga and Mahela up until now......

    Sanga and Mahela have been legends in their own right for the way they play their game - they have plenty of Indian fans who love them here! Its a shame tht such eminent ppl be treated like this by the SLC.... Hope they settle their differnces soon for the betterment of SL cricket!

  • on April 9, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Both Mahela and Sanga were right. This was the correct time to come out of this when the whole country's attention was on them. This was what SLC exactly did to them by coming out of those allegations against them just before the T20 when the whole country's attention was on the team. The SLC and the players shall focus on communicating in a positive way to further reduce the damage it causes. Now we have won the world cup the players are on a better wicket to exploit the contract issue to their advantage.

  • vihnga_De_cptan on April 9, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    As sl cricket fans,we cant say that who are completly correct.But we believe these things should not be happened.We like to see players play cricket.This isnt a good scene during a moment that celebrating a great victory.Truly we hope that future of Sl cricket must building on past and presant cricket.Fans just need cricket.Cricket is not a business for sl fans.They love cricket.Wish all the best for sl cricket also worldwide cricket..

  • KingOwl on April 9, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    This is bad timing. Kumar and Mahela should have waited at least a week before coming out with this stuff. Fans are enjoying the victory. The last thing they want right now is more dirty laundry in the open.

  • Pathiyal on April 9, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    amidst this storm, there is some relief to understand they both will continue playing t20. thankful for the guy called sanath jayasurya who is there for his cricketing reasons. more powers to him, please :-)

  • Collegefastbowler on April 9, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Storm in a teacup - someone's ego is hurt because he was not informed first. There are more important things to focus on and one should not hang on to egos. People find things to worry about when they need to just go out and celebrate their victory.

  • CricketPissek on April 9, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    @sahbas_s - it's all subjective isn't it? The World T20 (whether we like it or not) will eventually replace the 50 over tournament to be the "Cricket World Cup." Going by your logic, even the World Cup is inadequate, since Test cricket is the oldest format. You may think the 5 over World Cup is THE trophy to win, but speak to an Englishman or Aussie, and they would say the Ashes are much more important. Let the Sri Lankan team and fans enjoy this moment after 4 bitter sweet final defeats in 5 years. Sanga and Mahela brought rare beauty to this most brutal of formats. Their retirement from T20 is definitely significant to me for that very reason.

  • Garretjacks on April 9, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Many of you have asked why a big deal has been made with regard to the T20 WC win and as to why the retirement of Sanga and Mahela from this format have also been made into a very big deal. Firstly it has been a long time since we have won an ICC world title and that too after we have reached the finals in previous tournaments and lost at the final stage. Sri Lanka might win further world titles in the future but the 2014 T20 World Cup will be the most memorable with regard to the circumstances. Secondly, Sanga and Maiya have been with SL cricket for soo long that whatever format it may be its very sad to see them go even in T20's because we know that very soon they will follow the same in ODI and test cricket as well. I've followed sanga and maiya ever since their debut, seen them play their maiden ODI and Test hundreds and it's been (and ongoing!) long journey that we all Sri Lankans do NOT want to see end.

  • Firenze317 on April 9, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    I LOVE that we won a world title! The unifying atmosphere of pride and elation brought on by this win, in Colombo, as well as the rest of the country, has been AMAZING!

    But I'm inclined to agree with 'sahbas-s' regarding the importance of T20 cricket. Mahela and Sanga will continue to play for Sri Lanka in ODIs and Tests, which are, in my humble opinion, a lot more significant! So let's stop with all this retirement nonsense please.

  • sahbas_s on April 9, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    why all the fuss about t20 retirement? they are still going to play in other formats, I think SL beat Ind in terms of exagerating the retirement of individuals by using the terms like "dedicating to Sanga and Maha" and that too for T20.Both are classy professionals and real dedication for them would be ODI world cup, just like how India did. Both of them deserve ODI world cup send off and don't degrade them by celebrating T20 which is hardly 8 years old

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @globalCri, because they did not mean a retirement when they announced that it was their last World T20. I don't think they were required to inform the board first to give such a statement to media because it wasn't an official affair, it was what they felt about playing 2016 World T20 assessing their age, fitness levels and future of Sri Lanka cricket. They are classy as well as professional. They have never made a mess when it comes to official affairs like BD captain Mushfique Rahim did recently announcing his retirement as captain to media (Just I am taking an example. Never meant to say Rahim is not professional or something. He is an emotional but fighting leader who tries to give his best to his side).

  • liverkewe11 on April 9, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    GLOBALCRI: Did you even read the article? Your ignorance is astonishing. I am all for people having difficult opinions, but neither player announced their retirement. They both said it would be their last World T20, which means they could be retiring any time between now and 2016. Looking at cricket, or any other sport, this is quite common. The football world cup is in Brazil this year and the captains of Spain, England and Italy have all announced it will be their last world cup. They are all players well into their 30's so it is a fact everyone could have guessed anyway. It is ridiculous to think you actually thought you were making an intelligent comment based on fact...

  • RodStark on April 9, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    As an England supporter, I'm surprised and amazed that other teams can be as bad as the ECB. They seem to have said it would be their last World Cup T20, which is probably true considering their age, and the Board flew off the handle taking it as a retirement announcement. Calm down!

  • Migi on April 9, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    They only said that this was their last World T20. Obviously the next world T20 would be in 2016 and these two great players wold not be there. Thats what they simply said when media asked them.

    Anyone with common sense would know that they would be playing playing more T20 matches for Sri Lanka although they would be retiring before the 2016 World T20. It is so sad that the cricked board Secretary didn't understand this or even to ask these two gentlemen if he was not clear on what was said by them.

  • VinothSam on April 9, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Sanga and Maya gave pride to our nation. Both of them should be respected well. This is not the first time they lash out at board. Seems like both of them must be in the board as Sanath.

  • globalCri on April 9, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    While these two are classy players.....why did they not inform their board of their retirement first?? They chose to let the media know first and are now blaming the Board of going first to the media without asking them? Looks to me they they held a grudge from a prior confrontation with Mr. Ranatunga.

  • FawltyBean on April 9, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Didn't these two announced retirement from international T20's?

  • vihnga_De_cptan on April 9, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Good bye sanga and Good bye Mahela.Two greatest players were lost to Sl t20 also world t20.We wish you nice future.thanks.

  • on April 9, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    What a duo? They sync with everything they do- both on and off the field. SL board should treat their gifted players a little better. Players half as talented as SL players earn better in India. So why not play the SL players their due and treat them well. They bring so much of joy and pride to the island nation...

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  • on April 9, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    What a duo? They sync with everything they do- both on and off the field. SL board should treat their gifted players a little better. Players half as talented as SL players earn better in India. So why not play the SL players their due and treat them well. They bring so much of joy and pride to the island nation...

  • vihnga_De_cptan on April 9, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Good bye sanga and Good bye Mahela.Two greatest players were lost to Sl t20 also world t20.We wish you nice future.thanks.

  • FawltyBean on April 9, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Didn't these two announced retirement from international T20's?

  • globalCri on April 9, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    While these two are classy players.....why did they not inform their board of their retirement first?? They chose to let the media know first and are now blaming the Board of going first to the media without asking them? Looks to me they they held a grudge from a prior confrontation with Mr. Ranatunga.

  • VinothSam on April 9, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Sanga and Maya gave pride to our nation. Both of them should be respected well. This is not the first time they lash out at board. Seems like both of them must be in the board as Sanath.

  • Migi on April 9, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    They only said that this was their last World T20. Obviously the next world T20 would be in 2016 and these two great players wold not be there. Thats what they simply said when media asked them.

    Anyone with common sense would know that they would be playing playing more T20 matches for Sri Lanka although they would be retiring before the 2016 World T20. It is so sad that the cricked board Secretary didn't understand this or even to ask these two gentlemen if he was not clear on what was said by them.

  • RodStark on April 9, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    As an England supporter, I'm surprised and amazed that other teams can be as bad as the ECB. They seem to have said it would be their last World Cup T20, which is probably true considering their age, and the Board flew off the handle taking it as a retirement announcement. Calm down!

  • liverkewe11 on April 9, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    GLOBALCRI: Did you even read the article? Your ignorance is astonishing. I am all for people having difficult opinions, but neither player announced their retirement. They both said it would be their last World T20, which means they could be retiring any time between now and 2016. Looking at cricket, or any other sport, this is quite common. The football world cup is in Brazil this year and the captains of Spain, England and Italy have all announced it will be their last world cup. They are all players well into their 30's so it is a fact everyone could have guessed anyway. It is ridiculous to think you actually thought you were making an intelligent comment based on fact...

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @globalCri, because they did not mean a retirement when they announced that it was their last World T20. I don't think they were required to inform the board first to give such a statement to media because it wasn't an official affair, it was what they felt about playing 2016 World T20 assessing their age, fitness levels and future of Sri Lanka cricket. They are classy as well as professional. They have never made a mess when it comes to official affairs like BD captain Mushfique Rahim did recently announcing his retirement as captain to media (Just I am taking an example. Never meant to say Rahim is not professional or something. He is an emotional but fighting leader who tries to give his best to his side).

  • sahbas_s on April 9, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    why all the fuss about t20 retirement? they are still going to play in other formats, I think SL beat Ind in terms of exagerating the retirement of individuals by using the terms like "dedicating to Sanga and Maha" and that too for T20.Both are classy professionals and real dedication for them would be ODI world cup, just like how India did. Both of them deserve ODI world cup send off and don't degrade them by celebrating T20 which is hardly 8 years old