Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"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



"It is a total fabrication of Sangakkara. According to the tripartite agreement the home board has no authority to hold the player back, we gave him the choice to select where he was going to play and he chose to play for the Kandurata team."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
Submitted by Dias



"It’s not easy for young players to be consistent. There is a lot of scrutiny going on and there’s lot of competition. Once you identify talent it’s crucial to persevere with that talent."
Sanath Jayasuriya [Source]
Submitted by Gavin



"We are seriously considering our relationship with Somerset after they have failed to respond to our communications. We will take a firm decision within the next few days."
Ajit Jayasekara [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"Udara Jayasundera was outstanding and he was consistent throughout the tournament. The other opener Shehan Jayasuriya was another one who impressed us. He is generally a carefree player. But on this tour, he tightened his game and worked the singles and he couldn’t be explosive as the conditions weren’t that conducive for batting."
Sumithra Warnakulasuriya [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"I was quite upset that there were statements released by individuals in an official capacity, where my loyalty to the country was brought into question. The statements were made to put me at a disadvantage and to make me appear in a very bad light. Certain individuals' efforts to isolate me as a player misled the public and inflamed the issue further. Well-placed comments have twisted this into a country versus money, which it is definitely not, because this is a franchise-based tournament where franchises play franchises. It was made out to sound like I was choosing money over country."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"We hope to rest one senior player out of the three, only in Twenty20 format as we want to give more opportunities for the youngsters in the shortest version of the game. But Sri Lanka Cricket will be hoping to get the services of those three seniors in the Test and 50-over games."
Sanath Jayasuriya [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"I have been castigated (by SLC) and my loyalties brought into question."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"Having a player like Sangakkara join the team is a welcome boost. Everyone knows what he is capable of, the damage he can do if you allow him to play his game. So, yes, we are extremely happy to have him joining us and we look forward to him settling in, helping us reach the final and hopefully winning the tournament."
Chris Gayle [Source]
Submitted by Jagath Perera



"I think technology in cricket is never going to be 100 per cent perfect in the next few years. It might get to a stage or it might never happen. The technology is an aid, an aid which will help to improve the decision making process. But it is not perfect, and I think everyone has got to understand that this is something to help the umpires."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Ryan