Mahela Jayawardene rules out Sri Lankan political career

Chandi Dharmaratne

June 12, 2010 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s former cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene has ruled out a political career, opting instead to help people through his various charity projects. “Politics is out,” the stylish right-hand batsman told a group of Colombo-based businessmen at a fund raiser for cancer, Colours of Courage.

“My wife has threatened to divorce me if I take up politics. She has it all written up and will serve me notice if I become a politician. I can’t afford to loose her,” Jayawardene said.

The 33-year said he reaches out to help people through his own foundation and charities that includes raising money for disadvantage youth and support cancer patients.

“There are good politicians and bad ones,” he said to a laughing audience. “Some captain’s before me are doing politics, but I don’t see a need to get into politics.”

Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga is currently an opposition lawmaker, while former skipper Hashan Tillakaratne is an opposition politician.

Jayawardene, was appointed as One-Day captain in 2004 and took over the Test captaincy full time from Marvan Atapattu in 2006. He quit in March 2009 and was instrume