Former Sri Lanka skipper Jayawardene declines role in Sri Lanka EC Team

Vastavam web: Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has declined to play a role in Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, saying he is disillusioned with the general state of the sport in the island nation. “I was (invited) but I have several other commitments. More than that, I didn’t understand the role I am expected to play,” Jayawardene said.

“I am still happy to contribute in my little way with the management of the team, but nothing to do with the SLC. That’s something I have told myself as well. I just don’t have the appetite to come and work for anybody when I know that it’s not the right place for me.”

Last year, a committee featuring Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva had also submitted a report on Sri Lankan cricket, only to be ignored. “We created a professional cricketing structure spending eight months,” he said. “We offered to set it up for them but they rejected it. We did it because we don’t want to lose our cricketers going to Australia and to league cricket in England. We need those experienced players in our system.