Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"Thirimanne is the most technically sound batsman we have right now. He needs to be backed. Marvan Atapattu was still kept in the team after making six ducks, Sanath Jayasuriya was brought up the order after his repeated failures in the middle order."
Aravinda de Silva [Source]
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"After three months into the SLC election, the elected president cannot go to an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting and the Sports Minister should take a decision regarding that. What's the point of having a president who cannot represent Sri Lanka at the ICC?"
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
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"There have been moments of friction between players and boards that has led to some fantastic players not playing for their country. But those are situations that can be worked on in the future and prevented by having a better understanding, rapport and communication between players and administrators as to how best to approach this relationship between international cricket and franchise cricket. Players will themselves have to understand that they can't have the whole cake and eat it too. They'll have to prioritise commitments and also be given the opportunity to maximise their earning capabilities in franchise cricket."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"Yesterday (Monday) we were all surprised when Malinga opted to step down from captaincy and sent a letter to that effect. When we inquired from Malinga what prompted him to do step down, in the presence of the assistance secretary and the four selectors he said that when he was in Dhaka, the Sports Minister, SLC president and Aravinda de Silva in his presence were discussing T20 World Cup team with a senior player for which discussion he was not invited. He mentioned that he was very upset by this episode and that is what made him send in letter to step down from captaincy. This is blatant interference by the authorities."
Kapila Wijegunawardene [Source]
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"Maybe the pressure from the media and others resulted in dropping a player like Lahiru Thirimanne. But what we should be looking at is the combination of the team when selecting. It's not about 11 players who can hit hard when it comes to T20. The team should be balanced. There should be consolidation in the batting order and there should be someone who could adjust to conditions when they get into situations like this. I think from the players I saw (during the past), Thirimanne had the potential for that role after Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara). If we are looking at the future, we should keep players like him in the team giving them confidence. May be media will criticize when cricketers are failing, and if we are afraid of that and base our selections on that doing many changes that would be a problem."
Aravinda de Silva [Source]
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"It is a period of transition for us, as everyone knows. Mahela and Sanga are not in the team any more. Even when they were there, everyone knew how big they were, how important they were to our plans. Now that they are gone, you have proof. We are missing them a lot. But this is what it is. We need to improve our skills and meet the skill levels of the other teams. We are trying, but it will take more time."
Rangana Herath [Source]
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"We have not played to our potential and we do not deserve to be in the final the way we played."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"In 2009 we were preparing for a Test against Pakistan in Galle when Murali got injured. The selectors asked me what to do. I said, ‘Where is Rangana Herath?’ He was playing club cricket in England but the selectors agreed to fly him over and he arrived the day before the match."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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