ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mahela Jayawardene Reveals Why He Turned Down A Role Of The Sri Lankan Team
Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has recently revealed that why he turned down the offered role of Sri Lankan national cricket team for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
The Sri Lankan national cricket team is busy in their final preparation for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Ahead of this tournament, Mahela Jayawardene revealed that he was invited by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to play a role for the national team for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. However, he didn’t understand that role. He felt that there was no room for him to add something in the team.
Jayawardene told Sunday Times, “I was (invited) but I have several other commitments. More than that, I didn’t understand the role I am expected to play.
“There’s no point in me getting involved tactically, or whatever, if I don’t have a say in the whole structure. The team is selected and everything is done and dusted. There is no room for me to come in and add something.
“I am still happy to contribute in my little way with the management of the team, but nothing to do with the SLC. That’s something I have told myself as well. I just don’t have the appetite to come and work for anybody when I know that it’s not the right place for me.”
The SLC has declined Mahela Jayawardene’s plans for the Sri Lankan cricket
Recently, Mahela Jayawardene tried to help the Sri Lankan cricket to grow up, but his views have not been given value. He shared some plans to reshape Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket, but the SLC hasn’t admitted those plans.
Meanwhile, in the last year, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva-featured a special committee submitted another report on Sri Lankan cricket. However, it hasn’t also entertained in any way.
Jayawardene said about this, “We created a professional cricketing structure spending eight months. We offered to set it up for them but they rejected it.”
He further added, “We did it because we don’t want to lose our cricketers going to Australia and to league cricket in England. We need those experienced players in our system.
“There are some teams in our first class system where the average age is 25, which is sad. When we played, we had so many senior cricketers to guide us. Without them in our system, we cannot build a strong domestic cricket structure. And without doing that, there’s no point in building stadiums.”
Mahela Jayawardene slammed Sri Lanka’s cricket politics
Mahela Jayawardene has criticised Sri Lanka’s cricket politics. Since the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka has observed nine different captains in international cricket.
Jayawardene feels that the former Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews should be a stronger leader who should stand up for his players. Talking about this, Jayawardene blamed Mathews for allowing other people to make decisions about the national team.
Jayawardene said, “The only advice (Kumar and I) gave Angelo was not to give in to cricket politics.
“He needs to be a stronger leader, to be with the players and do the right thing. But he gave in to cricket politics. He allowed other people to make decisions and did not stand up for his players. I am being honest. I have told him this as well and he accepts it. If he hadn’t give in, we would probably not be in this situation today. Even if I see him today, that’s the only complaint I will have against him.
“The number one rule in Sri Lanka is, if you are the captain, lead by example and do not allow any outsiders coming into that setup. That’s the only way we ran the show and survived. It was unfortunate and it was not easy, either.
“You need to deal with a lot of unwanted elements. But if you are a strong character, that’s something you have to do. I have nothing against him.”
Jayawardene further added, “He is a brilliant cricketer and a wonderful person but he did not handle this situation well. He should be the one who is leading this team at the World Cup. He had to give up because it was too much for him. But it was his fault.”
Mahela Jayawardene has the same opinion on Dinesh Chandimal
Jayawardene has the same view on another former Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal.
He quoted, “I think (Chandimal) was another victim of cricket politics. In the sense, he was another player like Angelo Mathews who was snared to elements behind the scene and went along with them rather than taking control of the team and being a strong leader.”
Sri Lanka is currently busy in their final preparation for the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. They will begin their forthcoming Cricket World Cup journey on 1st June when they will face New Zealand at Cardiff.
Ahead of that match, Sri Lanka will play one warm-up game against Australia on 27th May at Southampton.
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