Mahela Jayawardene had been invited to play a role in Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, but declined largely because he remains disillusioned with Sri Lanka Cricket’s general direction.
Now a two-time IPL-winning coach, Jayawardene has in the past produced plans to overhaul Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket system, only for those proposals to be rejected by SLC. Last year, a committee featuring Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva had also produced a report on Sri Lankan cricket, with recommendations on governance as well as domestic structure. Those recommendations have been almost totally ignored since.
Jayawardene said he had been asked twice to play a role in Sri Lanka’s backroom for the World Cup – once by Sri Lanka’s sports minister, and once by SLC’s CEO towards the end of the recent IPL. He turned the offers down.
“I was [invited] but I have several other commitments. More than that, I didn’t understand the role I am expected to play,” Jayawardene told Sunday Times. “There’s no point in me getting involved tactically, or whatever, if I don’t have a say in the whole structure. The team is selected and everything is done and dusted. There is no room for me to come in and add something.