Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera wrote a letter to Sri Lankan Cricket Board after he got into a fight with the wife of fellow pacer Lasith Malinga, Tanya Perera. As per reports in ESPNCricinfo, Tanya Perera had accused Thisara Perera in a Facebook post to have met Sri Lanka’s sports minister, earlier in the month, to secure a berth in the Senior Men’s side.

At that time, the Sri Lankan all-rounder had rubbished the allegations on Facebook. But, a few weeks later, Tanya again took potshots at Thisara on the same platform, which compelled the former Sri Lankan skipper to write a letter to the board.

Excerpts of the letter are as follows: “When these kinds of accusations are made by the incumbent captain’s wife on social media, it is hard to prevent the general public from believing and further slandering me in various ways.

“There has been a general sense of unease in the dressing room ever since [the Facebook post] and to be honest the environment was rather unpleasant for the youngsters especially when two senior players were not on the same page. We cannot play as a team with friction. The leadership’s role is to create stability and unity within the team even before one could start with a game plan. In this instant I regret to say we had none of the above.”

“We are at the verge of the World Cup. Our focus and attention should be on performing well at it instead of bickering over social media on pointless issues. This team is in dire need of steady leadership and guidance. Importantly, and environment of unity is needed… These issues need rectifying ahead of the World Cup. The leadership and seniors of the team must set the example for this.

“We have become the laughing stock of a whole country all because of one person’s personal vendetta. This is not something to be taken lightly, especially at a time like this. I humbly request SLC to intervene and help us overcome our difference and move forward with a renewed confidence and sense of unity.”

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