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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Former Sri Lankan Cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara wont be penalised for allegedly “controversial” statements made in his MCC lecture at Lords.

Kumar Sangakkara on the ground during the first one-day international cricket match against England at the Oval in London, England June 28, 2011. pic courtesy of: Reuters

Sangakkara was the 1st SriLankan to deliver the prestigious 11th MCC spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lords in Britain on July4th 2011.

Sangakkara impressed his illustrious audience through an illuminating ,multi-faceted oration & received a standing ovation at the end.

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Click play for full audio of lecture by Kumar Sangakkaara

The Only other person to get a standing ovation after the spirit of cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lords was South African Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Despite bringing great honour to Sri Lanka by this lecture Sangakkara stirred a hornets nest back home due to some comments made by him.

The outspoken ex-capt made critical remarks on how politics in Sri Lanka was interfering in Cricket& how corruption was affecting the game.

These critical remarks were highlighted in news reports&commentaries in sections of the British press. The international media followed suit.

Kumar Sangakkara delivering the 11th MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture

This caused much controversy in Sri Lanka. Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told the media an inquiry would be held & action be taken.

There was heated discussion on the episode with some being critical of Sangakkara while many were supportive of the cricket hero’s candour.

Sections of the media contributed to the “hysteria” by stating that Sangakkara would be punished as a “traitor” by the Rajapaksa regime.

There was much concern over this media speculation as Kumar was widely popular in the country&many felt the comments he made were valid & true.

Contrary to the expectation that Sangakkara would be penalised it is learnt reliably that no punitive action would be taken against Kumar.

Kumar Sangakkara during a meeting with President Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees after the conclusion of the World Cup 2011

It is learnt that President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself had “examined” the text of the lecture in detail & had ruled out punitive action over it.

The President had reportedly opined that Sangakkara had brought honour to the country & also praised Sri Lankas war victory against the LTTE.

It is now felt that a media “spin” by interested parties had distorted the tone & content of Kumar Sangakkaras speech into a controversial one.

Since Kumar had breached his contractual obligations by speaking out publicly on Sri Lankan cricket an”explanation”would be sought from him.

This is expected to be a mere formality for the purposes of record & no serious action on the matter is on the cards against the ex-captain.

Kumar Sangakkara is arguably the most popular cricketer in Sri Lanka after the retirement of Muralitharan. He is mobbed by fans in Jaffna too.

The Cowdrey lecture is named after MCC “Gentleman” cricketer & former England & Kent captain Colin Cowdrey who was born in Bengalooru in India.

This is a bundle of tweets posted on twitter by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

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  1. I believe Kumar Sangakkara was perhaps given the opportunity at MCC to make case for international support for Sri Lanka cricket against any ‘push-pull’ factors that may be out there today regarding Sri Lanka in the international arena, including that of cricket.

    What better place to do that other than the ‘home of cricket’?

    Kumar Sangakkara quite convincingly and eloquently made the case in his extraordinarily well delivered speech, that only reiterates that the ‘true heroes’ of Sri Lanka’s are outside of the doldrums of political power and perhaps even military.

  2. As of all Sri Lankans, no doubt Sanga too has the right to speak his mind and I believe others should have listened to him and explore it as well. To what extent cricketers are restricted in expressing their individual opinion by their contractual obligations, I do not know.

    But I can say this much for sure. Most of those ‘my lords’ that gave Sanga the standing ovation are not lovers of today’s Sri Lanka. They are the lovers of yesteryear Sri Lanka. Indeed, they are ardent neo colonists that backed LTTE to divide Sri Lanka. These are ruthless people; when they realized Velu is no puppet and cannot be controlled, they let him sink to hell. They know, only through separatists they can have their agenda on track. And for the separatists to have a say, they look forward to the fall of Rajapakse government. They see, LTTE rumps fit in far better with them than wild the ass Velu and his LTTE.

    Some people say Sanga shot himself in his foot. We have to read comments by LTTE rump and foreigners to see whether Sanga shot in the foot or pee down the foot. For one thing, Tamil Diaspora is prophesying on the eventual outcome of Sanga’s statement. They think it will act as a catalyst to start discord among Sinhalese and bring about street demonstrations and with that the government to its knees.

    I don’t think Sri Lankan would get divided and fall pray.
    Leela

  3. OK very inspiring speech indeed.

    The question is are the likes of Kumar Sangakkara going to be strengthened in all spheres of. Sri Lankan public life?

    He him self said of the bridge the sportsmen and cricket could spell for Sri Lanka but left the part of accountability on the part of Sri Lankan Army while being on the topic of war.

    But am willing to wait to see Kumars future course of actions as touching on the subject that would have assured him of severe damaging scrutiny by the ‘nationalists’ of Sri Lanka.

    I guess his highest priority is putting the house of cricket in order before any further good the sports could deliver all Sri Lankans

  4. Mr. Jeyaraj

    Good to see that you have expressed your honest view fairly unbias at this time. The way things are going, our tamil diaspora tries to turn Mr. Snagakkara’s oration to thier advantage in every other forums.

    Mr. Snagakkara is a true son of Motherlanka that was gifted to her by his parents. Mr. Jayaraj – Please keep the good work up and write like a good samarian to bring all communities together.

  5. Kumar had the guts to come out with facts about the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. If there was a true democracy, why the Sports Minister and the Board members are feeling uneasy than correcting the Board and take Sri Lankan Cricket forward.

    Sri Lankans are not fools and puppets and if there is any action against Kumar, I am sure all Srilankans will rise up against the so called Heads of Cricket in SriLanka.

  6. Through the prevalence of greed the world has become transformed into a global marketplace where human beings are reduced to the status of consumers, even commodities, and where materialistic desires are provoked at volatile intensities. Through the prevalence of hatred, which is often kindled by competing interests governed by greed, national and ethnic differences become the breeding ground of suspicion and enmity, exploding in violence and destruction, in cruelty and brutality, in endless cycles of revenge. Delusion sustains the other two unwholesome roots by giving rise to false beliefs, dogmatic views, and philosophical ideologies devised in order to promote and justify patterns of conduct motivated by greed and hatred.

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  7. DBS.. Kumar proved that politics in Cricket.So MR has to review is text and had to say no action will be taken.And last week sports minister gave a warning.So Kumar you proved your point,,,MR has to have his last word on everything thats what Sri Lanka politics about.

  8. Kumar Sangakkara’s speech at Lords on July 4th 2011 was a historical one on cricket which I have never heard fron any Sri Lankan in the past. All cricketing lovers not only in Sri Lanka, in the whole world were highly worried that he would be penalized for speaking to save CRICKET against misadministration, corruption and malpractices in SLC Interim Committee. He should be honoured by Govt. for high standard speech on cricket and highlighting the victory over 30 year War against Terrorrism by the Sri Lankan Govt. and speaking very high about natural beauty of our Motherland. This speech also enabled to promote Tourism. He had done a great job which others had neglected. We are proud that our Hon. President who is also a Sportsman

  9. Yes Standing ovation he will receive from the Sri Lankan public too.

    He is a born leader. Brilliant & inspirational.

    He spoke from the bottom of his heart & focused on the reality.

    Sri Lanka had never heard such an inspirational, thoughtful and patriotic speech ever. We always hear speeches of venom & vengeance.

    He had brought great honer to his motherland in a midst of international disrepute & misgivings.

    Let we have more & more statesmen like you Sanga.
    We are proud of our cricketers & of course our country.

    I am sure many politicians will envy him for his leadership skills.

    I hope sinhala & tamil media will translate his speech and let the common man read it too.

  10. Now the question remains if the sports Minister Aluthgamage, his predecessors and their cronies would be investigated and if necessary legal action would follow. Could this be the catalyst we’ve been waiting for to stamp out corruption and restore accountability from the people’s representatives?

    If anyone can do it, it’ll be the incumbent president who can make it happen. Let’s hope this opportunity would NOT be wasted.

  11. How on earth any politician can call for an investigation on Kumar Sangakkara’s speech. What he said was nothing but the truth which every citizen knows but cannot express freely fearing their lives. Sri Lankan ministers are no better than their Somali counterparts. The Sports Minister had sought an inquiry into Sanga’s speech. But he will never call for an inquiry how his older brother, Udaya Aluthgamage, who was a dishwasher at a Sri Lankan restaurant in the country-side of Nagano Prefecture, Japan, is now the Honorary Counsel General in Osaka?
    Sri Lanka’s logic: Do as we say and not as we do. The Foreign Service has gone to political goons.

  12. I think cricket should be handled by an independent board free of Politics. Kumar’s comments must be independently veryfied and corrected. This will bring glory to the Sri lankan cricket.

  13. Kumar Sangakkara’s speech at Lords on July 4th 2011 was a historical one on cricket which I have never heard from any Sri Lankan in the past. All cricketing lovers not only in Sri Lanka, but in the whole world were highly worried that he would be penalized for speaking to save CRICKET against maladministration, corruption and malpractices in SLC Interim Committee. He should be honoured by the Govt. for his high standard speech on cricket and highlighting the victory over 30 year War against Terrorism by the Sri Lankan Govt. and also speaking very high about the natural beauty of our Motherland. His speech also enabled to promote Tourism. He had done a great job which others had neglected. We are proud that our Hon.President who is also a Sportsman by himself had decided not to penalize Sanga who had brought honour to the Country. Thank you Sir, Hon. President for thinking impartially towards our World Class Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara who is a pride to Sri Lanka.
    Nelson Deraniyagala from United States.

  14. Mahinda is to be congratulated for resolving a tricky issue cleverly. If the other Mahinda sports minister took action against Sanga there will be a mass revolt against govt

  15. Aney Jeyaraj,Thank you for this. very good news no this is?all were saying he is going to get punished by govt and all of us were angry and worried. but you gave such nice news ,now we are cool. how do you get this aney,tell will you Jeyaraj, please,please…………

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Aney Nelum,you are welcome

    So glad you and all are not angry and worried now that he is going to get punished and have cooled down. Always keep cool aney? Anyway so happy that I have made you happy.you must be happy always no?.I just made some inquiries and found out this news kella! Cant reveal anything more. You know why no?……..

  16. Recall of Sanath Jayasuriya on squad explains the level of politics and corruption involved in Cricket..Yet many are surprised when Srilanka was listed as failed state.

  17. Kumar says that cricket should be used a means of healing the crimes of the civil war. Is he living in cloud cookoo land? The singalese army and its agents are taking over tamil lands, molesting tamil girls in the villagers, haressing tmails all over the north east, dies he really think with all this going on the tamils want to play cricket!!!!

  18. Very courageous of Kumar for telling as it is. He has spoken truth to power. I hope power appreciates it

  19. Kumar you are a true son of Sri Lanka.

    Tears came to my eyes while listening to your speech.

    We HOPE at least now things will change.

    Sue

  20. Kumar was invited by St. Patrick’s college Jaffna some time back and he was greeted as a peacemaker.
    Not every Sinhaese is hated by Tamils due to the actions of the majority politicians who are racists.

  21. Leela Akki
    People like should come here and support our government to make Sri Lanka prosper. you will far more helpful to accommodation more Sinhalese in north and east as you know tamil well. now is the time for you to return home.

  22. MR must be an utter fool to take actions against Sangha which the opposition is waiting to happen… The truth is, with Sangha’s speech he never challenged the governance of SL, but just SL Cricket.. Sangha’s cricism was about ‘SL Cricket administration’ that has been corrupt since the days we knew Cricket.. It’s a widely known fact and that’s why Sports minister had to dissolve SLC and appoint an interim commitee. People who wait for some fortune to fall from sky for them to be in power thought this is the latest for them to have a ride on.

    MR seems have understood the vicious misinformation campaign spreaded across the country and worldwide, by opposition tactics. He has to do something serious about it, as this has gone over the board now and otherwise he’s only letting us admit what’s being spreaded is true.

    There are lot of conspiracies against SL Govt are on their way while speaking about conspiracies has become the well known joke of town because of the over-usage of term in the recent past. Sri Lankans often get tried of anything when it is repeated, and any good sense it might have too would have no life after a while, if it was repeated too much. We call it “kotiya enawoo” sort ‘fake calls’ do not wake up people even if tiger actually comes (this tiger has nothing to do with LTTE tiger :-)).

    If MR has an ounce of brain, he should understand all these tactics and inform his hierarchy down, how to make possible forces that might go against them on hositile response friendly and strengthen their side. If Govt can accept what Sanghakkara revealed on a positive note and make SLC corruption free, that’s where govt should be heading to. SL govt actually should be thankful to Sangha for the warning alarm he made towards about possible fan base erosion due to disappointment. If Cricket fans get disappointed they will replace their Cricket fever with something else making any corrupt govt to pay for that soon. I don’t mean to say govts should keep on fooling people by making Cricket administration strong. Instead govt should realise the danger that any corruption can make to country and the govt as a result. SLC administration is somewhere that govt cannot let go and somewhere to start the anti-corruption war with.

    MR, please realise the challenges before you in this much globalised context of politics where you cannot hide your self in isolated kingdoms. UNP and JVP are looking for ‘1994 Southern PC election’ sort of break free to grab the power. But I still suppose you’re better than them for the country’s priorites at this juncture.

  23. Great speeh Sanga. This speech should be played at schools for the children to learn how to make a speech and improve English. We need more people like Sanga in Sri Lanka.

    I hope Sanga doesn’t get into politics in Sri Lanka. I am sure all the political parties would love to have him as their pawn.

  24. Tamilan

    What are you trying to prove here Mr. Pundit? Stick to the point and subject. Who clssified Sri Lanka as a failed state? – Not other than your western masters that you have been slaving since you seeked your refugee state. Please do not insult the neutral tamil commuinty by spreading the venom further.

  25. Mr Sangakkara,
    You should become a PRESIDENT Of Sri Lanka after you retire from Cricket. You are a True Hero. We will need a Gentelman like you in Politics to bring Glory and Prousper to the ISLAND NATION OF SRI LANKA.

    WE LOVE YOU,

    PRASAD RODRIGO, AUSTRALIA.

  26. Krishan

    What about your beloved LTTE army? Did they do the same that you mentioned above irrespective of whether they were tamils or sinhaleses. Further what have done to the land that you were born? Spread the venom and hatred. Please stop this non-sense. Next time you send your own son or daughter to this futile war- not the sons and daughters of our poor farmer brothers in north and east of Sri Lanaka.

  27. DBS…which paper did state that he should be pusnihed as a “traitor”?I am not sure which as never came across such a statement except our ignorant…sport minister who jumped that freaking big mouth as usual to see if he can bat a little harder than sanga……Well perhaps Aunty Fedrica did….sorry I dont read her..so no problem..

    What Sanga really wanted to say apart from corruption in the SLC is that ‘THERE IS A TAMIL ,SINHALESE AND A MUSLIM live in him….a slap in the face for the once who tries to creat a division based on race and religion and what not…he called the war..’ignorant” spot on Sanga……ignorant for both side…Slapped the tamils the sinhalese equally as hard as he can…..he is a man who will call a spade a spade….a great leader in the making…..u will always be loved……..

  28. Peter Roebuck and others taken for a ride by the LTTE rump must be very very disappointed hearing Sanga is not going tobe punished …
    There are a few things working in SL without corruption and undue interference. One is Gota’s new Colombo. No garbage on the side of the roads, clean environment, plan to stop flooding, beutification across Colombo … You could see the progress by day by day. Like that, this is a good opportunity to make Srilankan Cricket Board to be clean with the help of people like Sanga. I hope President has guts to do that and it would go long way towards making SL a better place to live by having one less disgusting corrupt popular institution.. His task should be to have a another model like Gota’s Colombo so that people could see SL is progressing in a manner every srilankans could be proud of.

  29. I still remember in June 2009, at the World Cup 20/20 Finals awards ceremony, less than a month after the end of the war where thousands of Tamil civilians were slaughtered by the Rajapaksa regime, after saying a few words English to the host Nasser Hussain, he turned to the Sri Lankan supporters at the venue in London and thanked them profusely in Sinhala, not that the Sinhala supporters in London didn’t speak English. This was a time a when the Tamils of SL were suffering, having lost thousands of their brothers and sisters at the hands of the Sinhala army. This speech would have alienated the already hurting Tamils even more.

    This was a turning point for me having supported the SL cricket team all my life despite what the governments had done to Tamils. Tamils and Sinhalese, moderate or otherwise view the conflict differently and always will. Sangakkara’s actions in June 2009 and the recent speech to the MCC prove that. His speech does NOT provide any comfort to the Tamils of SL that cricket will be a unifying force.

  30. Although the minister concerned jumped the gun over ex captains speech ordering the cricket board to make an inquiry,any sensible person would fully endorse the contents of it.A senior supreme court lawyer categorically stated that a public out cry would be the end result had Sangakkara been victimised over his comments.We are indeed lucky to have a leader in Mahinda Rajapakse who himself is a sportsman.There is a big gap between two Mahindas’ when it comes to ethics and governance.

  31. The Telegraph, Calcutta

    SANGAKKARA SPEAKS UP – A different history of cricket and pluralism

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110710/jsp/opinion/story_14208607.jsp

    He ends his speech with a resounding affirmation of cricket as the embodiment of Sri Lanka’s pluralism:

    “Fans of different races, castes, ethnicities and religions who together celebrate their diversity by uniting for a common national cause. They are my foundation, they are my family. I will play my cricket for them. Their spirit is the true spirit of cricket. With me are all my people. I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.”

    Sangakkara almost certainly overstates cricket’s capacity to embody diversity and transcend division. Some might find his quasi-mystical identification with Sri Lankans of all sorts a little over the top. But his speech has one thing going for it: this isn’t Lalit Modi speaking. Or Sharad Pawar. Unlike India’s mute cricketing maestros, too busy counting their money to think about cricket and its connection with the world, this is the testament of a great cricketer trying to be a good citizen. Even (or especially) in Kalyug, that’s reason enough to listen.

  32. Great one Sanga, your lecture reverberates in every corner of the world, tainted by political interference

    Hands off, politicians
    Govt involvement won’t improve cricket administration

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Hands_off__politicians-125277323.html

    Disquieting parallels between SA and Sri Lankan cricket

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/cricket/2011/07/09/disquieting-parallels-between-sa-and-sri-lankan-cricket

    ‘Sangakkara’s lecture is not only valuable in and of itself, the rare instance of player speaking truth to power, but because the long-awaited findings of KPMG’s forensic audit into Cricket SA’s (CSA) affairs should be made to John Blair, the chairman of CSA’s audit committee, by the time they next meet, on July 22.’

  33. Kas

    What is wrong with addressing SL sinhalese crowd with his own language? Do you expect him to run with the LTTE flag around the ground as it was the most common thing that we all saw in cricket in UK. Remmeber Kas, Mr. Sangakkara is a true son of Mother lanka not a LTTE extremist.

    Although he is fluent in both Sinhala and Engilish, he may be not fluent in Thamil langauage to address us. I am suprised to hear that you judged him purely based on that.

  34. hahaha, very funny! Did tamilan’s comment hurt you in your bum? It’s the truth, whole world is starting to brand Sri Lanka as a failed state. You must start reading biased & unbiased news papers, articles, and columns then only you’ll have the knowledge to understand and draw a conclusion. Just becase Sri Lanka has the backing of IRAN, CHINA & RUSSIA doesn’t mean anything. Our asian pearl is lead by corrupted people at the moment and it’s hold the hands of the wrong people so obviously it’ll lead to a disaster. I don’t think you the right to speak about tamil neutrality, you must learn to put forward your opinion first and earn the respect on the block then only you can think about speaking on the bahalf of the community. Anyways Raviraj, Tamilan pointed out a good point and yes that incident should speak for Sri Lankan cricket itself. Bunch of corrupted leaders are led by a biggest criminal ever. Mother lanka is bleeding, when will my sinhala brothers/sisters wake up? Don’t make the same mistake my dear friends. “most” tamils blindly supported VP but look what ended up happening to them. I would not like to see that ever again for any Sri Lankans. I hope my sinhala brothers/sisters will wake up in time to oust these criminals. As for Sanga, truelly an inspirational speach and which is why DBSJ has brought it on his column. Will wait and see the end result of this……

  35. Okay listen , you are starting to sound like just because LTTE did and SLA has all the right to do it and Tamils have to accept is without a choice! Your fundamentals and basics are wrong, you must go to school and educate yourself about rights, regulations and law. Just as the blogger above mentioned, Tamils are not in a state to play cricket but his comments came out of frustration. There is no beloved LTTE army anymore, you must get yourself another topic to attack a comment that offends you. It’s simply shows you have a ranway in your pants where you can’t defend or have a productive conversation with a counterpart. In such case, you go fishing to cool yourself off.

  36. MR is a sportsman? since when? what does he play? please enlighten myself and many here. at the moment this man is being accused of ordering mass killing of ethnic tamil civilians.

  37. Dear Leela,

    U need to make a distinction if you want to defend and protect the country or a political regime.

    Don’t always blame the ills of our political blunders on ‘they are ardent neo colonists that backed LTTE to divide Sri Lanka’.

    LTTE is a banned organization in UK, EU, USA & India.

    Why have u so quickly forgotten the help during the War given by them?

    Sanga had spoken from his heart with love for his country & cricket.

    It is best seen in this light than complicate the issue.

  38. krishan canagasabey,Nehru,

    Why are u guys so pre occupied with war crimes and bring disrepute to this country?

    Kumar had spoken like a true son of mother Lanka. He was heard by the whites whom u poisoned few weeks ago with “killing fields”.

    U now can not stand this and keep cooking up some more lies to confused the gullible.

    How much vengeance is left in your hearts?

    No need of the diaspora tamils to wake up Sri Lankans, we very well see & hear things from the ground view. We will decide our future. You people can continue to spread your venom & hatred all over the world. Until the world realise your true intentions.

  39. It was the timing and it was intentional and it had nothing to do with the LTTE. If Sangakkara or anyone else thought, at a time when the wounds were raw and the country was more divided than ever, thanking the SL cricket supporters in Sinhala only would be a unifying force, there is a serious problem with that logic.

    I applaud his criticism of political interference etc. But his comments on the conflict is simplistic. He talked about the North and the East opening up for new talents for Sri Lankan cricket. Really? With the Tamil youth of the North and East living under the jackboots of the military and the pro-govt terror groups, how will there be any opportunities to develop their cricketing talent? Is he ignorant of the ground realities or is he just ignoring it.

  40. Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese must thank Sanga for speaking up his mind.

    He won’t be punished because the government will be voted out if he is punished.

  41. We don’t want Sarong Jonnys” to run our show is typical of the Colombo Elite since the arrival of the Poms two hundred years ago.

    It was applied across the board, not only in Cricket

    It was the case with Politics in particular.

    We don’t want that Sarong Jonny running our country was the response from one of my own friends in Colombo, when Rajapaksa was first elected.

    Ranatunga and Rajapaksa have demonstrated what the Sarong jonny,s are capable of.

    Srilankan cricket authorities of that era were quite happy to provide practice and entertainmemet for the British Colonials and their and the teams from their main Colony, although srilanka had many talented cricketers.

    It is the Srilankan govt and and a few able ministers that enabled the Srilankan cricketers to enjoy the current status.

    Even then the vehiaent resistance and the numerous obstascles that the same Colonial powers put in front of us are still fresh in our memory.

    Had Sangakkara msand their allies

    It would have made Sanga’s speech more comcrickert authoritiesofth e yester year

  42. Kaz,
    it looks like you’re the one who is ignorant here. Take off your LTTE provided glasses and wear a realistic one. With the way you are now, not even sanghakkara anybody doesn’t see the garbage talked by tamilnet would be subject to your criticism.
    I’m sure before it takes 10-12 years we should be able to see players from North and East in SL National squad.

  43. We don’t want Sarong Jonnys” to run our show is typical of the Colombo Elite since the arrival of the Poms two hundred years ago.

    It was applied across the board, not only in Cricket

    It was the case with Politics in particular.

    We don’t want that Sarong Jonny running our country ,was the response from one of my own friends in Colombo, when Rajapaksa was first elected.

    Ranatunga and Rajapaksa have demonstrated what the Sarong jonny,s are capable of.

    Srilankan cricket authorities of that era were quite happy to provide practice and entertainment for the British Colonials and the teams from their main Colony,on their way to tours in Asia and Africa to play Test Cricket. although srilanka had many talented cricketers.

    It is the Srilankan govt and and a few able ministers that enabled the Srilankan cricketers to enjoy their current status.

    Even then the vehiment resistance and the numerous obstacles that the same Colonial powers put in front of us are still fresh in our memory.

    Had Sangakkara mentioned that part of our cricket history,I would have given him 10 out of 10.

    Of course corruption is part and parcel of life in any part of the world.

    Australia has charged several executives of the subsidiary of the Reserve Bank for bribery and corruption.

    Although everyone knows that the Srilankan cricket boards are corrupt, there has been no specific allegations about the board members or the players, except of course from the UNP new kid on the block Thilekeratna.

    Even then he backed out when asked to provide legally admissible evidence..

    Sanaga has made general allegations and advised that the cricket administrations should not have any political connections.

    Which will be ideal if we live in an ideal world.

    Austarlian Cricket Board says it is up to the Labor Govt to tell them whether to tour Srilanka or not because they have seen the CH4 horror show.

    Isn’t it political interference?.

    It is amazing how the LTTE Diaspora have adopted Sangan as their new Mascot for the new phase of their push against that sarong jonny.

    Didn’t the same Diaspora tried every which way to stop Sanag and Murali showing their skills to the Colonial masters even as late as a couple of weeks ago?.

    It would have made Sanga’s speech more comcrickert authoritiesofth e yester year

  44. as a little boy just an year elder to Sanga, i was in the same boat in 1983, during the riots, the bitterness and the bloodshed. As a nation we have been affected. As ethnicities we have been misguided and led to believe in futile, degrading causes. This applies for all communities. It is very true that we as Sri Lankans have been lent vicious blows many a time during our existence in our beautiful island. North, south, east or west we have been affected beyond compare.

    As people who want to rebuild a nation, we need to be broad minded to have open dialogue within our communities and increase interaction amongst the different ethnicities. It is time to move forward. WOunds of 30 years do not heal in a day. Time ia a healer though and time heals all.

    Hats off to Sanga for his speech. Eloquent, to the point, blunt when required and fact filled. i believe his speech is for the New Sri Lanka. it is time to forget our petty differences for the advancement of a nation. A corruption free, hard working, nevr say die, fun loving, inquisitive and cherishing people. That’s what we are deep inside. Every Sri Lankan.

    Let’s join hand to build a New Sri Lanka my dear friends. Thank you Mr. Jeyaraj for the news and may God bless you and all Sri Lankans.

  45. I would love cricket to be a force to bring the communities together. I am glad the LTTE is no longer there, but remember, they are made in your image, ie., they are a reflection of your people and its governments polices and treatment of our people not tamil people. The singhalese army at the moment is called sri lankan limited, its all about money, infact the mass murder of tamil civilians was part of the plan so that they can take over lands and benefit from it. The LTTE never conducted sexual acts against anyone. The singalese are like stray dogs, they have the same behaviour.

  46. So would you like to sweep away the war crimes, but not only that you want to live in a blinked world where what is going on now, 2 years after the war is also sweept under the carpet, what world do you live in!! what if your people were suffering these crimes?

  47. Bruno Umbato.. I still feel President will be still having night mares about this. Its almost like an Oxford Union like prestigious bestowed on our son of the soil where as our president failed.

    In India, The West Indies; South African cricket Board manipulation are all now being recalled by press in those countries and Sangakkara is getting a standing ovation in the opeds.

    Compare that to those to President. Yes the ‘playing fields’ are different yet the conduct after the war by President, be it about Gen Fonseka matter or lack of magnanimity and political will about Tamil mattters.. All Rajapaksas are going to hope that the lime light goes away from Kumar Sangakkara.

  48. @VishG, I hope I will be corrected by the Tamil Diaspora, but I have heard that even LTTE watched limited over matches played by Sri Lanka and cheered our cricketers. I, for one has found, that we are human beings first, labels come second. It is important to forget and move forward.

  49. Does nobody else feel that Sanga’s inflated oratory skills are absolutely nothing compared to the fabulous performance given by Shavendra Silva at the UN?

  50. Sanga’s speech was only about Sri Lanka Cricket and not politics. Bulk of it was on tracing the history and achievements, and in the end, he talked about how political interference is hindering further advancement. He also talked about how cricket can play a role in reconcile the polarized country. I think most people are reading too much into the speech and politicizing it.

  51. Leela, speak for your self.

    ‘Most of those ‘my lords’ that gave Sanga the standing ovation are not lovers of today’s Sri Lanka.” –

    The Sri Lankans are part of the global community, and wants to remain so. In the name of patriotism we cannot ruin our mutual and reciprocal way of living in the globalized economy.

    Just remember, while our govt. mortgages ourselves with China, we need to pay them the interest that we owe, with money derived from exporting to EU and North America. China does not but our exports.

  52. Congratulation to Sanga!. He rocked the world with his wonderful oratory, shame this was not given due publicity locally. He was not untoward to any soldier or GoSL, on contrary praised their sacrifice. He emphasises that cricket could contribute to reconciliation, opens up new talents from areas that had not been tapped for so long due to the situation out there. I think his has been a great idea as sports unite all SL, going beyond racial line. If political interference is eliminated, talented regardless of a race get a fair go; and it would generate more interest. It would be sad if he was taken to task for sharing some great ideas with real raw passion.

  53. Very moving speech, catches the spirit of the game here in Sri lanka. Talks very honestly about the ’83 dark days and the JVP days. Agree with all he says and endorse it too.

    This is what Sri lanka is and should be:

    How many of you can say this with all sincereity?
    I quote’ I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.”. un quote

  54. No point to discuss different views, over all Sanga shows he was a former law candidate and an old boy of Trinity College, Kandy! Over all his speech is a speech with the nice adjectives and sensitive sentences!

  55. Hi Raviraje,

    You guys started with branding the people with opposing views as Terrorist or Terror Supporters and then, yes another one, Traitor.

    Now you all started using the word ‘refugee’. Do you know how many from the majority community claimed refugee status is the west. Heard of Somawanse Amarasinghe, the JVP boss? He was a recognised refugee in the UK. Don’t think that refugee claim is only for the Tamils.

    So instead of preaching, you stick to the point and don’t shoot the ball off the goalpost.

  56. Sanga is not the first national hero to openly show righteous indignation against corruption and mismanagement. These rouges do not like people unsettling their boat. Not before long Sanga will also become a “traitor”.

    Its quite true a Sarong Johnny had to come along to solve the terrorists problem. However it was SLFP Sarong Johnnies who created the problem in the first place. Now that one problem is over the same Johnnies have created yet another problem bringing corrupt, nepotistic and despotic rule. That is why we opposed all along Sarong Johnny taking over once war was over.

  57. First of all, calling someone a sarong johnney like some sudda fellas may have done some 50 yrs ago is a shame for Sri Lankans. If any so-called elites think they’re any different just because they went after sudda and used to be wearing trousers, it’s an illusion. All their fathers, grand fathers or great grand fathers were definetely Sarong Johnneys and UNLESS for one of them betray the own culture and religion to get some govt position/enrty to elite schools etc, they all would have been still Sarong Johnneys.

  58. Machan Ajith,Leela is not an ‘akki’ its a male person,if you want I can send the link in this blog where Leela had admitted to his gender after masquerading a woman for a long time!

  59. You are the ignorant one here dude! In the aftermath of the final months of the war, many Tamils were in moaning not because of the defeat of the LTTE but because of the slaughter of thousands of Tamil civiians, many of them family members. But likes of you, fed on the one-sided lies of the GoSL, the mass scale slaughter of civilian did not occur whereas my facts come not from the LTTE but from Tamils who lost family members.

    The same is true of the ground situation in the North and the East, fed on the lies by the GoSL and the SL media too scared to tell the truth, you haven’ got a clue of what the Tamils of the North and East have to endure under the military and the pro-govt terror groups do you?? To them, what happened in 2009 (in addition to the massacres) was the replacement of one terror group with another.

  60. What a coincidence is that all three :Sarong JonnyS” who managed to stick it up to the elite have their names starting with R.Ranatunga,Rajapaksa and Ranasinghe.

    The last R had the hardest time from the elite although he overcame all the obstacles to fullfil his dream.

    Now, the last of that elite is fighting tooth and nail to keep his son Junior at bay.I wouldn’t however call him a ,Sarong Jonny for he is a graduate of a British University.

    The last Elite, Mr Wicks has gone the whole hog to support the Govt to undercut the Junior according to a posting recently..

    His excuse is ,he doesn’t want to get the Sinhala people hurt by his Western Handlers after his extended visit to the Capital of the Capitalists,followed by the special audience with the public enemy number one of the inhabitants of Srilanka.

    He reckons our trade is manly with the West and he wants to protect it.

    All this time I thought the GSP Plus ,the concession we had for the only positive trade that we had with them was taken away at the request of him and his local mates.

    May be I am wrong or he has requested to reinstate it quickly.

    As Sanga pointed out “Sarong Jonnys have done more for the Inhabitants of Srilanka than all the Elite put together.

  61. This ia the usual desease in the western countries. Whenever a ‘third world’ country person , of atleast some importance, berates his own country, the white asses rise in standing ovation.

  62. silva says:
    July 10, 2011 at 3:28 am
    Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese must thank Sanga for speaking up his mind.

    He won’t be punished because the government will be voted out if he is punished.
    —————
    Are you dreaming in day time?
    Gota already parsed Sanga’s speech.
    Why not evaluate the whole speech rather than pointing only one sentence.

  63. Since cricket is a billian dollar business in India, there is lot of curruption in Indian cricket also.
    My assesment it is many times more than Srilankan cricket. Inspite of this , we woudn’t like if , Sachin Tendulkar or M S Dhoni speaks about curruption in Indian cricket, in an officilal and prestigius function in UK.

  64. And the stories goes like that our old Nona, Madam President was like Amarasinghe aiya, when she was in UK for long time after the death of her hubby.

  65. UNP chairman is my friend from school days. So is a Tamil named Kanakasabai Paramananthan who studied aeronautics with me in the UK. Ask them, they’ll tell you all about ‘Leela’.

  66. Hello Dilshan,
    You opened another page of Aluthgamage. Like his minister-brother, Udaya is well known crook in Japan. Now he will rip apart the Osaka Consulate with his curry powder and other racketeering businesses at the expense of Sri Lankan taxpayers money.–Wijekoon, Kobe.

  67. Standing Ovation.

    This is the usual desease of the western white people. Whenver a third world personality of some standing, berates his own country (In terms of currupion etc), white asses raise instantly, in ‘standing Ovation’

  68. do u have the same sympathy towards the family members who lost their loved ones due to LTTE violence?

    If so u must be mourning for the last 25years !

  69. Yes agree with you.

    ‘Eloquent, to the point, blunt when required and fact filled. i believe his speech is for the New Sri Lanka. it is time to forget our petty differences for the advancement of a nation. A corruption free, hard working, never say die, fun loving, inquisitive and cherishing people. That’s what we are deep inside. Every Sri Lankan.’

    however we need to get the morons & thugs who had been elected to parliament to put the nation on the right tract.

    Why are these thugs & corrupt politicians given nominations again & again.

  70. Arjuna Ranatunga also elevated the sarong to new heights too. I met him at a diplomatic function at India House in a stylish Barbara Sansoni sarong that stole the focus away from the Manipuris and Kanjeepurams galore that evening.
    Arjuna had his faults but to this date remains balance-headed and accessible to the hoi polloi.

    ISS

  71. ‘however we need to get the morons & thugs who had been elected to parliament to put the nation on the right tract.’

    We can’t! other wise they won’t be morons! We’ll have to oust and alienate them from power and the unlimited support of power or the misuse of it.

    Will the presidents who come and go listen to what we as citizens of the country have to say? Will he/she give us a hearing? Will he/she travel down the roads bombarded,shelled and stained in blood, to reach out to his/her people and lend an ear to their grievances?

    Will there be a president brave enough to make a change? Will youngsters with a vision for the betterment and advancement of the country, hailing from differing ethnicities, be accepted into parliament without bias? And after acceptance will their voices be heard in all fairness?

    i am only left with questions and struggling to get the answers! The likes of Sanga need to join hands with us. We need to form an unbiased team of young leaders to support, repair and rejuvenate the frail democratic structure. Ths team should have equal representation from all ethnicities. This team should travel around the nation. This team should reach out to our people.

    a small step but the first step i feel in the relentless search for the right road to travel in search of peace and harmony.

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