Cricket: Sri Lanka board hits back at Jayawardene, Sangakkara

COLOMBO, April 9, 2014 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket board and two senior players were locked in a war of words Wednesday, a day after the World Cup-winning Twenty20 team returned home as national heroes. “SLC regrets such unsubstantiated accusations levelled against the secretary and CEO by a senior member of the national team without verifying the facts,” the statement said.

Amid the allegations and denials, both players maintained on Tuesday that they had never publicly announced their intention to quit T20 cricket despite giving interviews talking about retirement.

Cricket commentators as well as local and international media played up the final game as a farewell match for the two former Sri Lankan skippers.

On Tuesday tens of thousands of fans joined an all-night party in Colombo after the team was driven in a slow motorcade from the airport, 35 kilometres (21 miles) from downtown Colombo.

The victory on Sunday night against India in Dhaka came 18 years after Sri Lanka’s triumph in the 50-over World Cup. Former skippers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara sparked the row by criticising cricket officials during a red-carpet reception at the airport, but the board hit back with