Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"Flattered by speculation linking me to India coaching job but I am not looking at full-time positions right now. I am completely focused on current commitments with MI and Khulna."
Mahela Jayawardena [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara

"Mahela is still short of experience as a senior coach, he may be good as a T20 batting or a fielding coach."
Thilanga Sumathipala [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara

"A successful coach is a good man-manager. You need to develop a healthy environment in the dressing room. You should give them good space and the players should have the freedom to express themselves. Of course, you need to have the tactical acumen and technical know-how to point out their shortcomings and address them in a diligent manner."
Dav Whatmore [Source]
Submitted by Dias

"When you're coaching, you've got to be precise about delivering your message, and when you're not speaking the same language, you can never really be sure whether what you're saying is being understood the way you meant it to be."
Allan Donald [Source]
Submitted by Ryan

"Should politicians be permitted to serve on the boards of public bodies, such as SLC? Our neighbour India has realised the dangers of politicizing sports. Just recently, the Indian Supreme Court accepted the Lodha Committee’s recommendations to bar Ministers and Government servants from serving on the BCCI. The Sri Lankan public should demand that our own cricket administration follows suit to safeguard our beloved sport from politicization."
Sidath Wettimuny [Source]
Submitted by Hilal

"We've known for a while, but [Sangakkara] is truly one the greatest to have played."
Adam Gilchrist [Source]
Submitted by Jagath Perera

"One of the accusations directed at the management and the team has been that they haven't groomed anyone to fill those voids. But I think the one man that was identified very early was Dinesh Chandimal ... He's actually had a period where he's been identified as the best young player (and was) appointed captain probably a bit too soon. Then he was dropped from the captaincy, dropped from the team, so he's never had a consistent run in the position that he was identified for. I don't think the environment he's played in has been very good for his confidence. Every time he now takes the field, it's almost as if (he's) playing for his place, for survival, and that's not a good place for a young player to be."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara

"I was one of the persons on the ICC panel to recommend this. It is because the ball has not changed over the years but other things have, the boundaries are getting smaller, the wickets are getting flatter. Then you take into account the rules — the wide ball rule, the no-ball rule, power plays, etc. All are in favour of the batsmen. In that context, if you have bigger bats, it is not fair. Anyway the batsmen are fitter and stronger. There has to be a balance between the bat and ball."
Mahela Jayawardena [Source]
Submitted by Ryan