Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has promised “ no mercy” for any player found guilty of misconduct during Sri Lanka’s poor recent tour of New Zealand after the country’s sports minister alleged drunken behaviour and squabbling among the players.
Dayasiri Jayasekara, the sports minister said he had seen photos of national player at all night drinking parties just before crucial matches in New Zealand, who achieved a virtual sweep in the series- 2-0 in two Tests, 3-2 in five One-Day Internationals, and 2-0 in two Twenty 20 Internationals.
Mathews, 28, said an official probe had begun into the allegations that players attended parties until 3 or 4 am and of tension within the team and with Jerome Jayaratne, the interim coach.
“I can’t deny or accept that these things happened. But I can promise that there will be no mercy for any member found guilty of misconduct,” said Mathews in Colombo on Wednesday (January 13), calling the results in New Zealand “demoralising”.
Sri Lankan fans heckled the national team as it lost the final T20I in Auckland on January 10 while social media sites showed footage of Tillakaratne Dilshan engaging in an angry exchange with a spectator who had asked him to retire.
“As players, we don’t play to lose and you get hurt when spectators say things like this,” said Mathews. “Fans are also hurt when we lose and you have to look at it from both ways.”
Sri Lankan went to New Zealand as defending world champions of the shortest form of the game, butt slipped to the third position in the official rankings behind West Indies and Australia after the losses.
In the two-match Test series, three match ODI and three matches T20 series Sri Lanka won only one ODI match and lost remaining matches.