Mahela urges players to move on

Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 12:52 [IST]
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''No-ball' not the worst incident'

Dambulla: Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene said the no-ball incident, which has threatened to affect Sri Lanka Cricket negatively said the incident was not the worst thing his side had faced and advised the players to let go off the incident and focus on their next match on Sunday.

"What happened was an unfortunate incident. We take total responsibility as a team and I think it is time we move on. There were worse things that have happened in the past (than the no-ball controversy) and people have move on from those things," he said at the press conference after their match against New Zealand was abandoned due to heavy rain.

"Definitely, we are looking forward to the game against India which will be a very good game," he said about his side's match against India on Sunday.

Jayawardene scored a valiant 59 not out under tough scenario in Sri Lanka's 203 for three in 43.4 overs before rain stopped play. Sri Lanka and New Zealand got two points each from the abandoned tie.

On Thursday, the match between the two countries was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain and it was re-sheduled for Friday.

Asked about the weather condition after rain played spoilsport for the second consecutive day, he said, "These things we cannot control. Just concentrate on the game against India. We have been playing some good cricket. Just do that. Rather than worrying about things we cannot control."

Jayawardene said he was satisfied with his performance after failing to contribute much to the team cause in the earlier two matches though there was no result.

"I was disappointed (by my performance) in the last two games. And I got that (bad) decision against India. Some decisions go your way some do not. You have to take it," he said.

Jayawardene said his side could have put on a big total had the match not been interrupted by the rain.


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