In the past few days I’ve come across many forums which have been posting gossip about Tillakaratne Dilshan and three other players of our team involved in a misbehaviour incident while touring Zimbabwe this June. There were also rumours that Dilshan has been banned from entering Zimbabwe in future.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that unofficial reports from the Sri Lankan government state that, the Sri Lankan President had been aware of the incident from top to bottom.
This rumour has been spreading like a virus all over the internet for the last two days.
Noticing that this is getting out of control, Sri Lanka Cricket has today issued a press release regarding the matter.
"It is with deep regret that we note certain media organizations have been misleading the public by accusing some of our players of misbehavior, during the recently concluded tour of Zimbabwe. As a responsible administrative body of Sri Lanka Cricket, we would like to state, that we do not take disciplinary action against players based on baseless allegations that are vindictive with an objective of character assassination of individuals.
We assure all of you that appropriate action will be taken against any player no matter if he is a senior or a junior, if they are found guilty after a proper inquiry.
Proper inquiries will be conducted for all official complains or accusations that are brought against any player be it at home or on overseas tours.
We shall greatly appreciate if you could give us the due publicity for this statement since we stand to be accused of not taking any action against our players on disciplinary grounds.
We wish to convey our disappointment that in view of World Cup 2011 and forthcoming bilateral series only such baseless stories are given prominence in some media which would be detrimental to players and the country
Thank you, for your co-operation, and support for our sport."
I hope these web portals show some responsibility before making baseless allegations in future and stop being a headache to the players as well as their fans. Let the allegations be made, provided with sufficient evidence.