Ranatunga attributed his side’s victory in the 1996 World Cup to Greig
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has become the latest ex-cricketer to pay tribute to Tony Greig, stating that the legendary England player and commentator saw his country as heaven on earth.
Greig’s love for Sri Lanka was known to a vast number of people and his feelings for the country were intensified after touring it in 1973 and 1977.
“Not only was he a great admirer of Sri Lanka cricket, he also loved our country,” Ranatunga said.
Ranatunga noted that Greig had backed Sri Lanka during some tough times, especially during the Muttiah Muralitharan no-ball controversy in Australia in 1995 and 1999.
“He was very forthright in his support over Murali incident,” Ranatunga added.
Under his leadership and guidance, Greig also helped Sri Lanka win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in 1996.
Ranatunga further mentioned that Greig was not afraid to voice his criticisms of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the damage it was doing to Test cricket.
“He (Greig) highlighted the negative aspects of the IPL on international cricket,” Ranatunga said.