Sumathipala hits back at Ranatunga on recent remarks

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By 2017-08-13

CT Sports: Former world Cup winning captain, now Minister of Petroleum was very vocal recently regarding Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and its state where he made several allegation regarding the current SLC Management and its President Thilanga Sumathipala even urging ICC to probe into his status to hold such a position.

The cold war between those two has been going on for years now especially with Ranatunga and Sumathipala representing two parties at the last SLC election which Ranatunga lost. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala broke his silence after Ranatunga kept hurling a series of allegations at SLC for the past few weeks, stating Ranatunga is a frustrated man who lost SLC election and working with vested interest to get back to SLC.

"In cricket administration he is loser. He has lost almost three times. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga refused to give him the Minister of Sports portfolio. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha removed him from the Interim Committee and never let him touch cricket again. Current government doesn't want him near sports at all. I don't think anybody is bothered and interested (about Arjuna's saying) as far as cricket is concerned," said Sumathipala replying a query from Ceylon Today.

Sumathipala further said SLC has no time for him when asked about probes intended and allegation made by Ranatunga throughout last few weeks.

"He was removed from the Ministry of Ports and Shipping. Now we have to wait and see how long he will last at petroleum. As far as politics is concerned he has no political party, he has no leader, he has no constitution. Such people are going with the wind," said Sumathipala.

He further added that they have to wait and see the reports about alleged mishaps at the Ports Authority which was under Ranatunga.

"He is a frustrated man after getting defeated and rejected going around and talking nonsense nobody cares. He doesn't know how to manage his support. How many ministers were changed? (after the last Cabinet reshuffle), only Ravi Karunanayake and Ranatunga.

Ravi has already stepped down from his post. People will understand why he has been talking about cricket at this time," said Sumathipala suggesting Ranatunga was trying to divert attention.

SLC got many of Ranatunga's World Cup winning team members working at SLC right now They got people like Aravinda de Silva to motivate the SL team ahead of third Test. In contrast, Ranatunga had been critical about the administration and suggested poor administration is the reason behind the losses.

"If he loves the game and loves the country he shouldn't discriminate the game and the country in public for personal matters." said Sumathipala.

"Now everything is on track. Responsibilities have been given to each and everyone. We have confidence in our players. We can't do too many changes and have to give them time. I'm confident this (Third Test) will be better than first two," said Sumathipala. (AK)

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