The tussle between cricketers and cricket administration is taking a dig in teams throughout the world. Starting from West Indies in early November of 2016, to the recent escalated tension between Cricket Australia and Australian Players Association, a general fray and disagreement between players and administrators is all apparent. Also, India’s growing tussle of coach selection is showing no signs of restrain. Adding to this series of tussles, Sri Lanka Cricket joined the bandwagon lately.
The spat is between two former captains of team Sri Lanka. Arjuna Ranatunga, the former captain, attacked Kumar Sangakkara with sharp words relating to the team’s defeat in 2011 World Cup final to India. Sangakkara was the captain of the team, while Ranatunga was the commentator. The latter accused Sangakkara as the reason of defeat because, he believed, Sri Lanka did not play up to their full strength what-so-ever. Also, there were unprecedented changes in the team just before the match.
Recently, Ranatunga said, the final fixture of 2011 World Cup should be investigated. He also invoked the ministers “to make sure their actions speak louder than their words.” The former captain said he has doubts about the loss and will open up very soon with proof.
The war of words broke out when Ranatunga pointed Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene as a failure to groom youngsters when they were in the team. The former captain commented on a ‘tradition’ of giving away the opportunity to bat higher to younger batsmen. Per Ranatunga, the following two captains did not follow the tradition. In reply to this allegation, Sangakkara said, he batted from opening position to number 9 in ODI stating he is not someone who forced the way to No. 3 position.
Moving a step ahead, attacking Ranatunga, Sangakkara demanded an inquiry on why no security was provided to the team while travelling Pakistan in 2009. He was the captain of the team when they were attacked in Lahore. In the terrorist attack several players and match officials were injured. The former captain said he still has bruises from injuries in the attack. Sangakkara was injured and was hit by a shrapnel. Six security personnel died in the attack.
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