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5 July 2021
Two of the biggest players among the current crop of Sri Lankan cricketers, Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne have hit back against former Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan for his comment over the contract dispute between players and Sri Lanka Cricket.
The duo has written a letter to the great off-spinner and tried to convince him that the dispute over the contract was not only about money and his comment on national television did not reflect true situations. The duo also blamed Muralitharan for what they called “dissatisfaction and hatred” against the team. However, they maintained that they “treasure” their relationship with the off-spinner.
The duo reminded Muralitharan that they demanded accountability and transparency from the board over the issue of “player evaluations”.
The duo asked Muralitharan to recall the 15-months period in 2011 when Sri Lankan players did play without any payment.
The duo also reminded Muralitharan of his association with the Australian side in 2017 when he was signed up as a consultant to assist Aussies on spinning pitches. The letter said that the team respected his decision as “professional” and did not make it a “monetary” issue like the off-spinner has alleged against the players fighting for the contract despite.
They urged all the players of the past and the current crop to stand together and extend a helping hand in the hour of tough times for Sri Lankan players.
Notably, the SLC and players were at loggerheads for a contract dispute and the board had threatened to field a different side against India if they would not have agreed to sign up the new terms.