Jayawardene stated that the ICC made all the decisions about the pitch conditions
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has denied allegations that the Board for Cricket Control in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) deliberately prepared slow wickets in order for spin bowlers to gain an advantage over pace bowlers.
Reports emerged that the BCCSL had prepared slow wickets in order to see bowlers like Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya and Ajantha Mendis thrive against opposing nations.
However, Jayawardene was quick to defend his country’s cricket board, stating that the International Cricket Council (ICC) made all the decision regarding the pitch and it had nothing to do with the BCCSL.
Sports24 quoted Jayawardene as saying: “This is an ICC (International Cricket Council) event and the ICC controls the pitch, not the Sri Lanka team or the Sri Lankan board, why would we have prepared a turning pitch against Pakistan when they have some of the best spinners in the game like (Saeed) Ajmal, (Shahid) Afridi and (Mohammad) Hafeez.”
The allegations came after Sri Lanka’s semi-final match against Pakistan, which saw them making 139-4 and winning the match by 16 runs after restricting Pakistan to 123-7.