Sri Lanka manager Gurusinha backs Chandimal after witchcraft comments

Nov 10, 2017, 10:12 IST | PTI

Sri Lanka team manager Gurusinha shields skipper Chandimal to avoid further embarrassment after being questioned over witchcraft comments

Sri Lanka team manager Gurusinha shields skipper Chandimal to avoid further embarrassment after being questioned over witchcraft comments

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was yesterday asked whether he sought any blessing from "meyni" (sorcerer) ahead of their gruelling India tour as team manager Asanka Gurusinha promptly came to his defence to avoid any further embarrassment. The Sri Lankan skipper had stunned everyone last month when with his witchcraft confession that he had received a special blessing from a "meyni" ahead of their surprise series sweep against Pakistan in UAE. Team manager and former Sri Lankan batsman Asanka Gurusinha played down the controversy and said they believe in performing on the ground as they begin the series with the Eden Test from November 16. "He has answered some questions back there. In cricket, you got to get out there and perform on the field. Each player has to do that. That's the way the Sri Lankan team believe.

SL captain Dinesh Chandimal (right) chats with a teammate on arrival in Kolkata on Wednesday. Pic/PTI
SL captain Dinesh Chandimal (right) chats with a teammate on arrival in Kolkata on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

"Yes, we have our own religious beliefs like all of your. But at the end of the day, you go there and just play," Gurusinha said. Sri Lanka's selectors have axed top-order batsman Kusal Mendis. "We know he's one of our future players. It's up to us to protect and guide him through. We have some plans for him. We want him to play domestic cricket. I believe he will come strong," he said. Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep was overlooked from the Tests due to fitness concerns but he is expected to be brought back into the side for the ODIs.

Asanka Gurusinha
Asanka Gurusinha

"We can't take on the No 1 side with injured players. We want to give him time to build his fitness level. He will be definitely there for the ODI series," he added. Sri Lanka will take on India in three Tests, three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is with the series ending Mumbai on December 24.

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