Thisara Perea stated the team has become the laughing stock of a whole country all because of one person's personal vendetta.
Thisara Perea stated the team has become the laughing stock of a whole country all because of one person’s personal vendetta.

Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera has written to Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva seeking  his intervention to help overcome his differences with current captain Lasith Malinga, stating the team has become the laughing stock of a whole country all because of one person’s personal vendetta.

This comes as the aftermath of a couple of Facebook posts sent out by Malinga’s wife, Tanya Perera, alleging that Perera had met the new sports minister of Sri Lanka, Harin Fernando, to secure his place in the national side.

While Perera defended himself on social media, a second post by Tanya led to the all-rounder writing a letter to the SLC.

“When these kinds of accusations are made by the incumbent captain’s wife on social media, it is hard to prevent the general public from believing and further slandering me in various ways,” wrote Perera in the letter as reported by ESPN cricinfo.

Perera also went on to question Malinga’s leadership stating that the episode and tarnished the credibility of the role of the leader.  “The leadership’s role is to create stability and unity within the team even before one could start with a game plan. In this instant I regret to say we had none of the above.

“We are at the verge of the World Cup. Our focus and attention should be on performing well at it instead of bickering over social media on pointless issues. This team is in dire need of steady leadership and guidance. Importantly, and environment of unity is needed… These issues need rectifying ahead of the World Cup. The leadership and seniors of the team must set the example for this,” he further wrote.

The 29-year-old, who slammed a 74-ball 140 against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI earlier this month, went on to add that is issue should not be taken lightly, especially with the team’s focus solely on the upcoming World Cup.

“We have become the laughing stock of a whole country all because of one person’s personal vendetta. This is not something to be taken lightly, especially at a time like this. I humbly request SLC to intervene and help us overcome our difference and move forward with a renewed confidence and sense of unity.”

Malinga was named SL’s limited-overs captain ahead of the New Zealand series – which they lost 0-3. Perera was the SL skipper in the one-day format till 2017.