Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera today insisted he has no personal rift with fast bowler Lasith Malinga.
He told reporters that Malinga was coerced by the media to make a statement critical of him as a Minister.
Jayasekera also said that he had no objections to Malinga continuing to play for Sri Lanka following an inquiry held yesterday.
Malinga has been given a suspended ban of six months and fined 50% of the match fee of his next ODI appearance, after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract.
Sri Lanka Cricket’s decision will have no impact on the fast bowler’s availability for the Zimbabwe series – he was named in the 13-member squad for the first two ODIs. (Colombo Gazette)