Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"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



"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