Sri Lanka’s Cricket authority yesterday said the national Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal’s recent statement to media that Sri Lanka’s recent win in the Test series against Pakistan was due to him receiving blessing from a ‘Meyni’ was misinterpreted by the media.
Issuing a statement Sri Lanka Cricket (SLA) drawing attention to the transcript of the statement made by Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal at the press briefing held at SLC on (Oct 31) said the statement in Sinhala has been deliberately misrepresented by sections of the media.
The English translation of the statement is as follows:
Q- “There were various reports on Social Media stating that you had received blessings from a “maniyo” prior to the Test series. This this help you win, and If so how?”
A- “It’s like this – any religion blesses, furthermore no religion enables wrongdoing. Therefore not only this particular person but even if any member of the clergy blesses me I will gladly accept that blessing. Ones beliefs in the effectiveness of this blessing is a personal matter that is different from person to person. I personally believe in obtaining blessings before any endeavour. There may be some who have different views, this is my view. That is the answer I can give to this question.”
Q- “So did you’ll lose the ODI series because you’ll were not blessed?
A- “There is no such thing. Everyone needs blessings, but talent too. Just because you have any blessings, you won’t succeed without talent, likewise even if we have talent, we can’t move forward without the blessings of you all. That’s the reality.” “No no one sent me to her. She is the mother of one of my friends, and the picture is one taken at a function we attended. There is press freedom in this country, so anything may be construed.”
Sri Lanka Cricket in its statement requested all Editors to clarify the misrepresentation and give due publicity to the actual statement made by Chandimal in the best interests of Cricket, the reputation, goodwill and image of both Sri Lanka Cricket and the Nation, and Test captain Chandimal.