Sri Lankan sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara revealed that the players had not only attended drinking parties the whole night, but there was squabbling between the national team members, in where captain and coaches were also involved.
Jayasekara told AFP, “There was scandalous behaviour. They have not only attended drinking parties till three and four in the morning, but there was a lot of tension and friction among members.”
The minister added, “When they return I want to call the team and along with Thilanga (Sumathipala, new Sri Lanka Cricket president) try to find out what happened,”
Jayasekara said he had submitted photos of national players attending all-night parties just before crucial matches against the home team New Zealand.
Jayasekara said, “My main concern is the breakdown in discipline. When that is affected, the team naturally performs badly.”
The recently concluded tour was a disaster for the Sri Lankan team. At first, they lost the two-match Test series 2-0 and then they lost the limited over series by 3-1 (5-match ODI series) and 2-0 (2-match T20I series) against the hosts New Zealand.
The defending champions in T20 Sri Lanka has currently slipped to the third position in the latest T20I rankings after a poor performance in the T20I against New Zealand.