Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"You don't know what you've got until it's about to go, and this was the year in which Sangakkara was finally recognised as one of the all-time greats."
Rob Smyth (Wisden) [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara



"There is a certain degree of bend allowed and if you can't spin the ball within that rule, then you simply can't do it. So if they can't bowl that delivery but still try do that, then it's trouble. If you can bowl with a 15 degree bend then it's fine, if you can't, just don't bowl it."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara



"Retiring from cricket is not about form. I feel that the time is now and it's right. I've tried to give everything I have when I've played the game, the game goes on. You can't hold onto it and people shouldn't be too sentimental. I think a lot better players and greater players have gone, and the game has gone on and there are new players who take the mantle, and in my case it won't be any different."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"An assessment has to be made about whether players are going to be around in four years' time for the next World Cup in England and Wales and if they are not then it is time to blood younger players in their places. It may mean some short-term pain but it would be a long-term gain for Sri Lanka if, in 2019, those players coming in have several years of experience under their belts and are ready for top-level cricket. After all, even allowing for injuries this time around, Sri Lanka cricket cannot again allow itself to have two members of the bowling attack in a knock-out match with just four caps between them."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"Strange to wake-up this morning as a former ODI cricketer, but it’s been a great honour and privilege playing for Sri Lanka during the past 15 years. At the end of the day, I am very fortunate to have enjoyed a long career playing with and against some great players. Thanks for all the encouragement and support over the years."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"I see a tough time for our cricket. Senior players will establish records and go home, but our cricket will struggle. Young players aren’t playing with the freedom that they should enjoy. The selectors and the cricket board should take responsibility for that."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
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"Next morning a policeman walked into my room. He held his bobby's helmet under one arm and he asked, 'Do you want to press charges against a Mr Jeff Thomson?'"
Duleep Mendis [Source]
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"There are corruption allegations on the cricket administration. So we need to clean the system before the elections can be held. The SLC owes 500 million rupees to the State Engineering Corporation, so the parliament has the responsibility to go into all these transactions."
Ranil Wickremesinghe [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"We've made three World T20 finals and won one - that's not by power-hitting. We've beaten the power-hitting sides quite easily and convincingly in all of those tournaments."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"I am excited about it. No-one really knows him [Kumar Sangakkara] as a person and everyone is looking forward to that. Getting to know players like Amla, Ponting and Smith has been special and this is great, because he [Sangakkara] is here for two years, it's no flash in the pan."
Jason Roy [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"One of the things [the ICC] might look at is allowing an extra fielder out of the ring in the last 10 overs, remember we were worried about that middle period of the game that became boring, where someone would score a run a ball 50 but no one remembering one shot. We'll try and keep that and make sure we don't get back to that but maybe in the last 10 overs when people are not going to stop slogging or trying to hit boundaries just because one extra fielder is out. That might be a sensible change."
Dave Richardson [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"With my present form and fitness I guess I can easily play for another two-three years, even till the next World Cup in 2019."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
Submitted by Hilal