Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has rubbished all the allegations that are made by the different media publications, which cited that players deliberately underperformed in the recent T20I series against South Africa. For the unversed, Sri Lanka lost all the three T20 internationals played during the series.
SLC has come in support of their players and has advised media publications to not make any such wrong allegations as it will have a wrong effect on the players’ mental health.
“Sri Lanka Cricket has not received such a complaint from the ‘Team Management’ against any player of the National squad. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform you that it was the same group of players who played in the ODI series which Sri Lanka won against South Africa,” read an official statement.
Prior to the T20I Series defeat, Sri Lanka won the ODI by series against South Africa by a 3-2 margin and also climbed up in the rankings of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League.
“It is understood and acknowledged by the fans that the Sri Lanka National Team, since the recent past is, progressing forward by winning important contests and heading in the right direction.”
“Therefore, Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to request from the respective news organizations, which published the false and fabricated news item to follow ethical journalism practices, as such, false reporting will destabilize and scuttle the National Team’s preparations ahead of the crucial ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Such false reporting will also mentally affect the players, who are showing commitment and desire to count their presence in the team, as witnessed in the recent competitions, Sri Lanka played,” It added.
Sri Lanka was blown away by South Africa in the recently concluded T20I series. They lost all three games in the series and suffered a three-zero thrashing. The defeat has received criticism from several quarters in the country.
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