Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"We’re delighted that Kumar has agreed to join us. He is the number one Test batsman in the world but it’s the special character that he has which is as important to us."
Alec Stewart, the Surrey CCC director of cricket [Source]
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"I was very surprised and disappointed to hear of a story being circulated regarding His Excellency the President offering me money to support his election campaign. I would like to categorically confirm that at no time whatsoever have I been asked by the President in any manner to be a part of his political campaign. The allegation being circulated on social media claiming that I have been offered a financial incentive to support his election campaign is also completely untrue. These are just false stories concocted with malicious intent that are trying to use and abuse my name and I would like to request everyone to ignore them."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"At that time Punjab was under governor rule and there were administrative problems and the police showed gross negligence in providing security to the Sri Lankans. There were major security lapses which led to the incident."
Shaharyar Khan [Source]
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"There is so much uncertainty in cricket. One day you can get a hundred, the next day you can be dismissed for a zero. It makes you become practical about things. Teaches you to accept both success and failure. I think I have learnt a lot about life from cricket."
Mahela Jayawardene [Source]
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"Still the option for Mahela to go up the order is open. We just don't want to take that chance at the moment. We hope to try and give Kusal the opportunity. We've got Sanga, Mahela, myself and Thirimanne, and we've got used to those roles. We don't want to change a lot in those areas."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"My father could never keep quiet if he saw something wrong happening. If he felt there was some injustice, he would fight without thinking twice about the consequences. I think I got that from him."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
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"The only thing I haven't done is gone down on my knees to the selectors and asked for me to be allowed to open."
Mahela Jayawardene [Source]
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"We only got 169 [in Colombo in 2006], which wasn't enough runs, but we got two early wickets and thought we were in with a good chance. Then [Kumar] Sangakkara and [Mahela] Jayawardene put on 620-odd. Unbelievable. I can remember leading the team out to field as captain for the very first time and the stadium announcer over the PA said: 'Here's Ashwell Prince leading out South Africa'. Hearing that was a very proud moment. He used to do it at the start of each session. It seemed like it was never-ending: 'Here's Ashwell Prince leading out the South African team', but it was always the same two batsmen who were following me out!"
Ashwell Prince [Source]
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"It is unfortunate if someone tampers with the ball and they get the better out of it. It's unfortunate for the opposition. It shouldn't happen and umpires need to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's not within the laws and you can't really tamper the ball. But they did it to try and make the ball reverse swing. It did. There was not as much reverse on Sunday as on the third afternoon, to be honest. With the wind the ball comes in, but the third afternoon it was reversing quite a lot."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"Our plight here is even if we open the gates free, people do not come over to watch the games most of the time. Therefore hosting a cricket match becomes a burden to the administration, because the same basic needs have to be looked into ... In this scenario, to sustain the game of cricket as a corporate sport is a huge challenge."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
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"I don't think we are that desperate to open with Mahela because his experience in the middle order counts a lot. We need someone like Mahela to try and control the middle order ... Mahela will play at No.4 but in an emergency, he might play as an opener or at No.3. We've got a set batting order and we're not going to meddle with that."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"Sri Lanka is not a verbally aggressive side but we have a policy: If they give something, we’ll return it to them the same way."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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