The civil society observed that anyone including former national spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, who is now to be the first Sri Lankan to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame, was entitled to accept any work assignment provided it was lawful.
Recently, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) led by its Chairman, Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala criticized Muralitharan’s coaching of Australia for the series named the Warne (after former Australian spinner, Shane Warne) – Murali trophy which involves a match against Sri Lanka to be played in Muralitharan’s hometown of Kandy. Muralitharan has in turn criticized Sumathipala and SLC.
While former Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Captains, Mahela Jayawardane and Kumar Sangakkara have defended and supported Muralitharan, former Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Captain, Minister Arjuna Ranatunga has criticized Muralitharan, SLC and even Minister of Sports, Dayasiri Jayasekara.
Joint Secretary of the People’s Intellectual Assembly, President’s Counsel Srinath Perera also said that the discretion on and as to whether he should take up the said assignment or not was solely Muralitharan’s.
“He was invited to coach a foreign team,” the Attorney-at-Law added.
Deputy Minister of Sports, H.M.M. Harees and Secretary – Ministry of Sports, Dr. D.M.R.B. Dissanayake were not available for a comment.