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Thisara-Shehan Fight is foregone conclusion, I advice them to move on: Former Sri Lanka Team Manager Charith Senanayake

Written by Sumit Seth

As two Sri Lanka players Thisara Perera and Shehan Jayasuriya have been involved in an ugly fight on social media, former Sri Lanka Team Manager Charith Senanayake, who had sorted out the matter at that time as well, has advised both the players to bury the hatchet and move forward.

Shehan, who had recently announced his retirement from Sri Lanka cricket in his bid to settle in US, last week made an sensational allegation against Thisara Perera and his wife. In an exclusive interview to state run Silumina newspaper, Jayasuriya made direct reference to Thisara and his wife for making his cricketing career difficult and issues created to him during the recently concluded LPL tournament.He claimed that wife of Thisara Perera had told fellow players, Dasun Shanaka and Kasun Rajith to not to talk with him.

“They even tried to making issues between me and Angelow Mathews”, Jayasuriya said.

According to Shehan, a particular incident happened during 2018 Asia Cup in UAE, where Thisara harassed him.

In response Thisara,  yesterday, came out with his version, denying all the allegations, saying “whatever he did, it was in the interest and as per the dressing room policy of Sri Lanka cricket team”.

As the fight has taken an ugly turn, Cricket Age contacted then Sri Lanka Team Manager Charith Senanayake! A man with discipline and dignity, Charith recalled the incident and provided the insight, while revealing how he handled Thisara-Shehan’s tussle at that time.

“On our way back to Colombo, I played the role of a pacifier in the flight itself. At that time, I managed to amicably settled the matter between both these players. It was ended so perfectly that I didn’t even mention it in my report to Sri Lanka cricket. So, obviously, I felt hurt, when I heard the same saga again” Charith told Cricket Age.

Furthermore, Charith advised both the players to forget the past and move forward in their lives.

“Its a foregone conclusion. It’s done and dusted long time ago. So, no logic in revealing all those incidents, that too on public platforms. These sort of things happens in every dressing room, but players must not involve in public fights. My advice for both of them to not drag this mudslinging any further” Charith added further.


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