“I am sure the public statements by our officials must be upsetting Pakistan. They are doing their best to bring cricket back into the country and statements like these doesn’t help their cause. As a former captain, I must congratulate PCB for the excellent show they put up during our recent visit,” Ranatunga said when contacted by The Island.
“All what I can tell the PCB is that don’t take what officials over here say too seriously. Neither do they understand the game nor what security is.”
“Despite representing the country for 19 years, I couldn’t play 100 Test matches. Aravinda played on for 20 years and still ended up with 93 Tests. The reason being during our prime, we received little opportunities. Not many teams toured Sri Lanka in 1980s due to the war. We suffered enough and we know what it means to be deprived of playing cricket at home.”
“We see Pakistan suffering the same fate and we all must try and help them out. It’s a shame that SLC is not doing enough to help PCB. People running the game at present perhaps do not know how much Pakistan helped us during our early days.”
“Whatever the disagreements you have, that should have been addressed in private. You shouldn’t be running down another country and that too a friendly nation like Pakistan,” Rantunga went onto add.