Arjuna turns down Gura’s offer



World Cup winning former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has turned down former team-mate Asanka Gurusinha’s request to join hands with Sri Lanka Cricket.

Gurusinha, who was brought in as Cricket Manager of the national team earlier this week, had invited Ranatunga to set aside differences with the administration and work to improve the game.

"Arjuna is a very skilful guy. He has a lot to offer for the game. Sri Lankan cricket is not an individual thing. It doesn’t belong to President Thilanga Sumathipala. We all need to set aside differences and help the sport," Gurusinha told journalists in his first media briefing since taking up the role.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist after a function at Udugampola yesterday, Ranatunga turned down the offer.

"Gura is probably not aware what sort of interferences have been there in the sport in the last 20 years. He may be not aware of the political interferences in the last two decades. Gura is a dear friend and I would like to tell him that he will find out about these interferences as he spends time with the national team," Ranatunga said.

"There is interference into the affairs of the national team. The administrators’ friends sons are given opportunities to play for Sri Lanka. It happened recently too. The reputation of the sport has suffered as a result. By making use of former players, these administrators are trying to hide their sordid acts.

"If guys like Gura, Aravinda and Sanath feel that there’s something wrong happening in the sport, they should rectify that.

"I contested as Vice-President at the last cricket elections and I was rejected. So I thought I will stay away from the sport. I wish all the players who have played alongside me the very best as they strive hard to win another World Cup," Ranatunga said.


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