Sri Lanka Cricket must stop religious send-offs

I fully agree with the remarks made by A Cricket Fan from Moratuwa last week who expressed displeasure over the manner in which religion was being made a mockery of by those running the affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket by giving the team a “religious send off’ when there is no need for such a thing.

It is a very sad situation that religion is being exploited this way by almost everyone holding public office in the country and literally it is now hard to come across someone who is genuine about his or her religion in public conduct. One has only got to look at the corruption, violence, cheating, dishonesty and daylight robberies taking place in the country and here we have Sri Lanka Cricket pontificating religious values when the very people who impose such rituals need to first take a good look at themselves.

There is absolutely no need for Sri Lanka Cricket officials to poke religion down the throat of players most of whom come from religious upbringings and know when to pray, how to pray, where to pray and for what to pray and why to pray the way they wish and know is appropriate.

What Sri Lanka Cricket has been doing all these years is treating professional players like children at a Montessori class. It is time Sri Lanka Cricket stops this kind of “organised religious” activities. My appeal to Sri Lanka Cricket officials is to ensure religion is a private matter for the players to decide on in a way they wish or consider most appropriate.

Religion is not the responsibility of Sri Lanka Cricket officials. Their responsibility is to ensure fair play, team results on the field and a clean administration. If the players don’t have religious values it should only be a concern for them and their families they come from or their guardians or teachers.

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  1. Only players from one religion can have a ceremony before departure? What about a ceremony for Catholics, Christians, Muslims, and non-religious people also?

    If you have only one religious ceremony and ignore other religions it is called DISCRIMINATION.

    I hope my fellow Sinhalese can easily understand this now.

    Sri Lankan media and politicians and religious leaders should be explaining to the public all of these things and educating the public but they are all failures.

    Be smart and become thoughtful people or we can never become a developed country.

  2. I too think that holding only one religious ceremony at the air port or a common place and requesting some players who are not from the same religion to attend is not a fare decision. If a religious ceremony is required, different ceremonies for different religions must be arranged at the SLC office prior to leaving the country (but not at the airport).

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