Sri Lanka Cricket has vehemently denied allegations levelled via certain media reports, that some players of Sri Lanka National team, who took the field in the T20I series against South Africa did not fully commit themselves or deliberately underperformed on the field.
Sri Lanka Cricket issuing a statement said it has not received such a complaint from the ‘Team Management’ against any player of the National squad.
SLC noted that it was the same group of players who played in the One Day International series that Sri Lanka won 2-1 against South Africa.
Sri Lanka Cricket pointed out that Sri Lanka also gained crucial points and climbed up in the rankings of the ICC Mens Cricket World Cup Super League.
SLC in its statement said it is understood and acknowledged by fans that the national team, since the recent past, is progressing forward by winning important contests and heading in the right direction.
Sri Lanka Cricket accordingly requested news organizations that published such news items to engage in ethical journalism and claimed that false reporting will destabilize and scuttle the National Team’s preparations ahead of the crucial ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
SLC said such false reporting will also mentally affect the players, who are committed and eager to make their presence in the team count as witnessed in the recent series.