COLOMBO: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have lashed out at secretary of Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC), Nishantha Ranatunga for his handling of the news of their retirement, soon after they landed in Sri Lanka following a victorious World T20 campaign, ARY News has learnt.
Nishantha Ranatunga denied allegation from the two players by saying he hadn’t commented on the matter at all.
Mahela Jayawardene said that "I'm very disappointed that without asking us what we had said about our retirements to any media, our board secretary went to the media and made certain comments about us," Jayawardene said.
"If he had been a responsible person, he would not have done that. He would first have asked us what we had announced", he added.
Chief Selector, Sanath Jayasuria also expressed deep disappointment about the way two players announced retirement and making him aware of their retirements first.
However, Jayasuriya later reconciled with the Jayawardene and Sangakkara, after he had spoken at length with the players. He had put their disagreement down to miscommunication – a sentiment Jayawardene agreed with.
Sangakkara had announced his retirement in a one-on-one newspaper interview, while Jayawardene did so via the ICC's Twitter mirror campaign, in the week before their first official match.