Senior batsman Kumar Sangakkara and officials of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) met on Monday to sort out their differences after the Board questioned his loyalty towards the country while playing in the upcoming Champions League T20.
“We had a very fruitful meeting and decided to move ahead after having sorted out the problems of last week,” Sangakkara said.
Sangakkara, under directions of SLC, opted to leave the IPL franchise Hyderabad Sunrisers in preference to local outfit Kandurata Club.
He and the SLC were involved in an exchange of e-mails where the former captain had accused the SLC Secretary, Nishantha Ranatunga, of pursuing a personal agenda against him. Ranatunga defended his action, citing collective responsibility of the Executive Committee based on legal advice while the SLC boss Jayantha Dharmadasa told Sangakkara that his comments on Ranatunga were unacceptable.
Sangakkara had accused the SLC of jeopardising his IPL future and reminded the Board of heavy financial loss due to ditching the Sunrisers. Monday’s meeting was a sequel to Dharmadasa expressing his willingness to meet Sangakkara to discuss the issue.