Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"When I decided to call it quits, it took me around three days to decide. At that point of time, I was an insurance broker, a businessman, part-time politician."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
Submitted by Short-Leg



"In Sri Lanka Cricket, most of the administrators are appointed with blessings of president."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
Submitted by Short-Leg



"When you open, at least one of the openers should be aggressive, otherwise the bowlers will get on top. When you get a loose ball you must not think that it is the first ball of the innings but hit it for four. You must put the pressure back on the bowler even if it is in a Test match. You need to score fast if you want to create situations to win. After I became an opener, I proved that being aggressive I created many opportunities for my team to win. If you take any Test side today, one of the openers plays aggressive cricket. That has become the norm today."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
Submitted by Merlin



"I have taken this decision to allow Sri Lanka Cricket to groom another youngster in my place. I was to announce my retirement after the Zimbabwe Test series but unfortunately the tour was postponed."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"There is a likelihood of T.M. Dilshan retiring from the longer version of the game after the Pakistan series. So we have to be ready."
Sanath Jayasuriya [Source]
Submitted by Gavin



"To tell you the truth, it is a massive disappointment. Recently we lost out on Tests in West Indies and then the home series against South Africa. That, I would say, is a big drawback."
Rangana Herath [Source]
Submitted by Short-Leg



"It pains me to no end and I am sure that's the case with those who toiled for the betterment of Sri Lankan cricket over the years and the fans. Convincing ECB to grant us more Tests was quite a battle and I am hurt that we have lost out on a three Test series next year."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"I think there is little or no comparison in the amounts lost. None of the board members or anyone else loses individually, but the player suffers."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Kasun Kumarasinghe



"Mathivanan has been the President of Colts for the past twelve years while I have served the club as vice president for the same length of time. However, it is also on record that Mathivanan at the last AGM thanked the membership for the support they had given him and stated that he did not intend continuing in this position and proposed the name of one Rohantha Fonseka who was a non-cricket playing member and a person who had been in the club for only four years. However when it came to this AGM, the cricket playing fraternity of the club wanted me to take over as president and the members who backed me were past cricket captains of the club like — Carlton Bernadus who is my secretary of the club, Chaminda Mendis, Chaminda Vaas, Hemantha Devapriya, Jeewantha Kulatunga, Angelo Mathews and a past captain of the women’s team. The person who said would not contest this year, wanted to come in again when he knew that I had forwarded my nomination for the post of the President, but the cricket playing membership of the Club wanted me to take over."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
Submitted by Merlin



"There is a mafia in operation which is ruining cricket. Even cricketers have been targeted now, as was the manner in which they handled the recent issue with Kumar Sangakkara. I want to keep my integrity and reputation intact, therefore I took this decision to stay away from all forms of cricket with a heavy heart."
K Mathivanan [Source]
Submitted by Jagath Perera



"I would also like to state that I believe that your conduct in this matter both privately and publicly has been reprehensible and not at all befitting the position you hold as Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket. You have made me seem disloyal to Sunrisers Hyderebad and also disloyal to my country. In the process you have quite possibly jeopardised my future in the IPL. It ultimately leaves me to question whether your interest in this matter is more in line with a personal agenda against me rather than a national interest. I sincerely hope that your comments in the public are you own and are not in any way representative of the collective view of SLC and the current Ex Co. Since you have now set the precedent of demanding and insisting upon local players representing their home franchise over their IPL teams in the Champions League I will be very interested to see if in the future when the same situation arises that you demand the same of other players."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Dias



"When I met the board Mr. Nuski Mohammed asked me whether to write to my franchise in India and say that I had chosen to play for my team in Sri Lanka, but being a professional I said it should not be so. But, the next day the SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga copied me an e-mail which he had forwarded to the franchise in India and that e-mail said that I had decided to play for the Kandurata franchise. Now my franchise in Hyderabad thinks I am disloyal to them and I cannot be trusted."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Dias