After Sir Lankan untidy performance, former Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya stepped down from his post taking good responsibility for the team’s descending slide.
Jayasuriya admitted in his letter to Cricket Sri Lanka that he was heartfelt by the behaviour taken in Pallekele which threw bottles on the ground.
Jayasuriya wrote that:
I write this letter with great sadness in my heart as after long discussion with fellow selectors, we have unanimously decided to tender our resignation on September 7 2017.
As a player who has represented the country at all levels, and as a former captain and current chairman of selectors, last Sunday’s incident at the grounds was the last straw. Cricket has been and will always be my life, so it was particularly painful to see our own fans attack our own players.
I acknowledge it has been a very disappointing year. However, just one year ago we beat Australia at home three-nil. This was an unforgettable moment. We have some very talented boys and I am sure in time they will take cricket to the heights that it once was. We will always be ready to help Sri Lanka cricket should the need arise.
The 1996 players always will think of the glory days with nostalgia. We would like to thank you, sir, for all the help and support extended to us. We would also like to thank the president and the board for the unwavering support that was extended to us.
Finally, we would like to thank the team for giving us their best at all times. We go with our eyes full of tears but with our heads held high. To all the fans we say please have faith in the boys. They will deliver. To the boys, we say: believe in your ability and believe in the fans. They will be with you ultimately. We believe we will keep to our vision and succeed as One team, One nation.