Its dangerous to throw names around: Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara in action during their IPL match against Chennai Super Kings AFP

By Arun Pradeep

Chennai: May 2, 2011

Reacting to former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne s comments that match fixing has existed in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992, Kumar Sangakkara said the former should work with the ACSU unit of the ICC and the home authorities in Sri Lanka if he has “anything more than allegations, as it’s dangerous to throw names around.”

Speaking in the post match media conference after his side’s 19 run loss to Chennai Super Kings here, the Deccan Chargers captain said, “Hashan made those comments in a TV show. It was then taken up by the press. Hashan has played the game for years and he’s captained Sri Lanka as well. So it’s interesting to see what he has to say and if he has anything more than allegations.”

“It’s dangerous to throw names around, he should work very closely with the ACSU of the ICC and the home authorities to ensure that something’s done about it if there is any foundation to those claims but beyond that I don’t think it makes any big sense to the players playing now.”

About defeat to Chennai, Sangakkara said, “We had a few opportunities that went abegging, which was unfortunate.

“The guys tried their best to take those chances, but unfortunately we couldn’t take some of the catches that came to us. But that’s the way the game goes, maybe 10 to 15 runs too many but we were in the chase right up to the 15th, 16th over, when we fell away.”

Asked about the nature of the strip, Sangakkara said, “I think the wicket in the second half didn’t turn as much as we thought it would. It was a bit on the slower side. It played much better than we thought it would.”

About the next few matches, his answer was “Pretty simple. We have six games, we have to win about five of them to stay alive in this competition. It’s a great challenge.

We’re playing well, but we have to convert that extra 10 or five percent to try and win a game.”

Man of the match Albie Morkel said he was “very surprised” not to see compatriot Dale Steyn among his opposition. Steyn was one of the four players rested.

“I think Dale and Ishant, in the last couple of games formed a formidable bowling pair and them not playing one of the world’s best Test and One-day bowlers. But they have a couple of back-to-back games in Hyderabad, so maybe they’re saving him for that.”

Morkel was a bit cross when a scribe asked him as to whether he had been able to snap his “mediocre run with the bat.”

“I think to use the word ‘mediocre’ is unfair. If you look at the position I bat in, I only get (about) four balls to face any way, so for me it’s not about only myself. It’s also about whether I can do one or two good things for the team and help them win.”