The cap was originally purchased in Leski Auction in May 2003, with original Certificate of Authentication. However, Tillakaratne denied have ever gifted his cap for auction.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, he said, “My Test cap is kept in a museum at my home. You are welcome to see it. I can never sell my national pride and treasure for money”.
Tillakaratne has even sent the photographs of the Test cap.
The auctioneer, however, claims that the Test cap, which will be put online, is a genuine one.