Mahela Jayawardene dismisses talks of infighting within the team

Previously Sri Lankan sports minister had said the team isn’t performing well due to internal politics within the team which is spilling over to the field Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Jan 27, 2012

Sri Lanka s new captain Mahela Jayawardene on Thursday rubbished his country s sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage s claims that the national cricket team poor show is due to the politics and infighting within the team.

“As a team we have no politics or infighting. We did not play well, I admit that. We can’t point fingers at a single individual for the shortcomings,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying by Sports24.

Sri Lanka have not won any Test series which they played after the 2011 ICC World Cup, as they lost to England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa under the leadership of Tillakaratne Dilshan.

The newly formed Sri Lanka cricket board and selection panels have now entrusted the responsibility of reviving their national side on Jayawardene.

The Sri Lankan sports minister had earlier blasted the national cricket team’s recent performances, saying the side was riven by politics and in “crisis”.

Aluthgamage vowed to deliver a stern lecture to the players when they return later this month from their tour of South Africa, where they last week lost the Test series 2-1.

“The Sri Lanka cricket team is in a crisis situation. It is very unfortunate,” Aluthgamage told reporters in Colombo. “The team is not clicking together off-field and it has shown in the results on the field.”

“Once the team returns, I plan to meet them,” Aluthgamage said. “I feel there is a lot of internal politics within the team that is spilling over to the cricket pitch.”

Since the retirement of bowling star Muttiah Muralitharan in July 2010, Sri Lanka have won only one Test match, though they did reach the final of the one-day World Cup last year.