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.
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.
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.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.
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