Sri Lankan stars face action

2014-04-23 00:00

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are facing disciplinary action for their public criticism of cricket board officials in a dispute over their retirement from Twenty20 Internationals.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement yesterday that it decided to refer the “unsubstantiated statements” of the players to the disciplinary committee “for their views and recommendations”.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene, on their return home from the World Twenty20 triumph in Bangladesh this month, hit out at board officials who criticised them for announcing their retirement from the shortest format of the game to the media before discussing it with officials.

At a news conference arranged at the airport to welcome the team, the two stalwarts said they were only responding to media queries when they said the tournament was their last World Twenty20 and they never mentioned retirement.

However, they said SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and chief executive Ashley de Silva criticised them in the media without ascertaining if they really made such a statement.

The two players played crucial hands in the final against India, and Sangakkara’s match-winning half century won him the player of the match award. Both players subsequently handed letters of resignation from T20 Internationals to the cricket board.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.