Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has landed in hot waters for his ‘monkey remarks’ aimed towards Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed it has launched an investigation into the comments by the senior bowler.
As per Cricbuzz, a top SLC official said that the veteran pacer had breached his contract and will face a three-member disciplinary committee. The committee will be headed by SLC CEO Ashley de Silva. The source further said that the disciplinary committee will make its recommendations to SLC’s Executive Committee.
Heart Of The Matter:
Following Sri Lanka’s early exit from the Champions Trophy, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara had questioned the Sri Lankan team’s fitness levels. Jayasekara had cited Sri Lankan players’ lack of fitness as the reason behind their poor fielding which ultimately cost them a place in the semifinal of the tournament.
“The typical body fat amounts for a cricketer should be about 16 percent, but most of our players have over 25 percent,” Jayasekera had said. “I want the results analysed and in future, no one will be included in a national squad if they are above 16 percent.”
“They improve their fitness level just to bowl four overs at the IPL,” Jayasekera had said, referring to Malinga. “These guys are not interested in playing for the country, they play for the IPL because of the money they get.”
The island nation had dropped three sitters in their must-win game against Pakistan, the virtual quarter-final. All three dropped catches were off the bowling of Malinga, as Pakistan registered an unlikely victory.
However, the criticism did not go down well with Malinga, who could not refrain himself from making some nasty remarks towards the minister.
“I don’t care about criticism from those who are simply warming chairs,” he had said. “What does a monkey know about a parrot’s nesting hollow? This is like a monkey getting into a parrot’s nest and talking about it.”