Right of reply
‘Sex and SL Cricket’ – SLC responds
August 30, 2010, 12:00 pm
The above article appearing in the sports page of The Island on the 30th of August 2010 is noted with regret. Our Vice-Captain Mahela Jayawardana, who was one of the best captains Sri Lanka has ever produced, has been accused unfairly in your column.
Mahela has done yeoman service to Sri Lanka cricket. He has brought glory to our mother country; hence it is very unfair to mislead the public.
Mahela is an important cog in the wheel for our World cup team. This is a time we should encourage our players and not discourage them, instead lift their sprits so that they can face the big challenge knowing for certain that he has the blessings of the media and the public.
We request you to look at our objective positively by encouraging our players and dwelling upon the past taking into account that the World Cup is an important event for Sri Lanka, and it is the players that can bring us this glory.
We take full responsibility with regard to our sponsor sourced by our right holders Somerset Ventures Entertainment for our provincial team Wayamba, who will take part in the forthcoming Champions League.
Mahela Jayawardana, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath and Jehan Mubarak attended the Q and A session for team Wayamba at our request. We assure you that they did not endorse the product which you have termed as a sex enhancer.
Sri Lanka Cricket has been accused of accepting the sponsorship from an organization that is marketing sex enhancing products. The product is a herbal medicine which has been identified as an health enhancer by the sports body of the Commonwealth Games in India and has been recognized by ISO as a health product.
Sports Editor’s note
We totally agree with the quality of Mahela Jayawardene the batsman and if anyone is capable of providing the match winning performances of Aravinda de Silva in that historic 1996 World Cup, it has to be Mahela.
However, we maintain that the trend of cricketers putting dollars before the country started in the era Mahela Jayawardene headed the national team. Some of the demands he put up while captain to increase the players’ match fees from 3500 US$ to 5000 US$ (Tests) and from 1750 US$ to 3500 US$ (ODIs) overnight by meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse was in bad taste. The issue is not the payment, but the manner in which it was done. Mahela Jayawardene seeking political patronage at the hour of need but at other points getting his agent to influence the British media to lambast other senior players when they seek political assistance is simply not cricket.
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