Chennai, May 1: Reacting to former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tilakratne's comments that match fixing has existed in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992, Kumar Sangakkara today said the former should work with the ACSU unit of the ICC and the home authorities in Sri Lanka if he has "anything more than allegations, as it's dangerous to throw names around."
Speaking in the post match media conference after his side's 19 run loss to Chennai Super Kings here, the Deccan Chargers captain said,"Hashan made those comments in a TV show. It was then taken up by the press. Hashan has played the game for years and he's captained Sri Lanka as well. So it's interesting to see what he has to say and if he has anything more than allegations."
"It's dangerous to throw names around, he should work very closely with the ACSU of the ICC and the home authorities to ensure that something's done about it if there is any foundation to those claims but beyond that I don't think it makes any big sense to the players playing now."
About today's defeat, Sangakkara said,"We had a few opportunities today that went abegging, which was unfortunate.
"The guys tried their best to take those chances, but unfortunately we couldn''t take some of the catches that came to us. But that's the way the game goes, maybe 10 to 15 runs too many but we were in the chase right up to the 15th, 16th over, when we fell away."
Asked about the nature of the strip, Sangakkara said, "I think the wicket in the second half didn't turn as much as we thought it would. It was a bit on the slower side. It played much better than we thought it would."