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Sanath ‘let down’ by Mahela and Kumar

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has expressed disappointment at not being kept in the loop as far as the retirement plans of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara from T20 Internationals were concerned.

“I feel very much let down by them. I’ve been very transparent with them. If they’re even resting, I’ve been calling them and telling them what’s going on. I never ever dealt controversially with any senior player,” Jayasuriya was quoted as saying by Espncricinfo.com.

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene made their retirement plans public over the last couple of days.

Just before departing for the World T20, Sangakkara had told a daily that he would quit T20Is, while Jayawardene announced his retirement via the ICC’s Twitter Mirror campaign, after the team touched down in Bangladesh.

“When I became a selector there were a lot of stories and comments in the media, that we were going to do this and that, but we didn’t do anything of that sort.

“I’ve always handled the seniors in a different way. Whatever respect should be given to that senior player has been given as a selection panel.”

Jayasuriya had been more scathing in comments made to another newspaper, labelling Sangakkara and Jayawardene’s actions “highly unethical”. “They should have had the common decency to inform the selectors who could then prepare Sri Lanka for the next phase,” he said. “Traditionally any international player takes an important decision such as retirement after consulting the selectors first. This shows they are ungrateful for what they got through playing for the country.”

On the issue of a tense stand-off between the players and the SLC over pay, Jayasuriya told the website, “Whatever issue they had with SLC that’s a different story. (Agencies)