Arjuna wants ICC inquiry on World Cup pitches

2019-06-16 at 17:51

In an explosive statement, World Cup winning Captain Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has claimed that Minister of Sports Harin Fernando should write to the International Cricket Council and call for an independent inquiry into the alleged mistreatment of Sri Lankan players and pitches given to the team during the ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Speaking to media in Attanagalla, Minister Ranatunga said the Sport Minister should take the lead to address the concerns raised by Manager of the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Ashantha De Mel.

Complaining of step-motherly treatment meted out to them in the ongoing World Cup, Manager De Mel expressed dissatisfaction at the types of pitches provided, inadequate training and transport facilities apart from below-par accommodation.

Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel has written to the ICC, stating that Sri Lanka were made to play on two green decks in Cardiff, where they lost to New Zealand before defeating Afghanistan, whereas other teams who played on same venue were provided high-scoring pitches.

World Cup winning Captain Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the Cricket Board and the government should address such concerns in order for the team to be competitive at World events.

The Minister also expressed his views pertaining to yesterday’s encounter against Australia.