Sri Lankan Cricket may dedicate Asia Cup success to Malaysia flight victims

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) may seek the views of Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the country’s sports minister, on whether their captain Angelo Mathews can dedicate the 2014 Asia Cup to the victims of the disappeared Malaysia Airlines flight (MH370), revealed SLC president Jayantha Dharmadasa.

by BIPIN DANI

The Boeing B777-200 aircraft was carrying 227 passengers, including two children, and 12 crew members.

“The captain is aware of the tragic vanishing of the flight,” said Dharmadasa. “Since it is a national airline of the country where the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) is head-quartered, I shall seek the opinion of the minister and if permitted, we may come out with the appropriate press-release”.

Paul Farbace, the new Sri Lanka coach, said, “Everybody associated with the Sri Lanka cricket team has expressed their shock at the news of the Malaysian aircraft that has disappeared.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the people on the plane”.

Surprisingly, no word from the ACC president (N. Srinivasan) or its CEO (Ashraf-ul-Haq) has come, especially when the ACC is head-quartered in the country of which this airlines is based.

The Sri Lankan captain had thanked the fans of Dhaka and back home in Sri Lanka for extending support for winning the Trophy. Angelo Mathews’ only unbeaten team in the Asia Cup will not get any prize-money from its parent-body.

“We are not announcing any special prizes for lifting the Asia Cup. The team is scheduled to return this evening,” Dharmadasa added.

Contract issues

Regarding Sri Lankan players’ contract issue, Dharmadasa is hopeful of resolution of the matter in next two days. The players have demanded share of income from the ICC events.

“We are meeting the players on Monday or Tuesday and their concerns will be heard,” he stated. “It is a minor issue and can be resolved amicably.”

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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