Mathews: ‘No mercy’ for players guilty of misconduct

"I can promise that there will be no mercy for any member found guilty of misconduct"

“I can promise that there will be no mercy for any member found guilty of misconduct”

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has made it clear that there will be “no mercy” for any player found guilty of misconduct during the recent tour of New Zealand.

Mathews’ comments come after the country’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera launched a probe into allegations of players attending all-night parties prior to matches and getting involved in verbal spats with each other and with interim coach Jerome Jayaratne.

Mathews confirmed that an investigation has begun and added the allegations will be looked into.

“I can’t deny or accept that these things happened, but I can promise that there will be no mercy for any member found guilty of misconduct,” he said.

Mathews added that he was disappointed with the team’s performance during the tour as they were whitewashed 2-0 in the Test and Twenty20 series, while they were beaten 3-1 in the ODI series.

During the second and final Twenty20 International, social media sites were abuzz with footage of veteran Sri Lanka all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan getting involved in a heated dispute with a spectator, who had asked him to retire.

“As players, we don’t play to lose and you get hurt when spectators say things like this,” Mathews said. “Fans are also hurt when we lose and you have to look at it from both ways.”

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