Disgruntled Sri Lankan World Cup winning hero Aravinda de Silva expressed his deepest concerns over the latest developments in Sri Lanka cricket administration and said that it is time for him to take a break if the country does not want his services in cricket.
De Silva, one of Sri Lanka`s revered cricketing brains, said that it was his intention to give something back to the sport which he had happily engaged in for several years but has now got to clear his name from various allegations levelled by sports minister Jeewan Kumaranatunga who suspended the registration of Sri Lanka Cricket of which he (Aravinda) was a member.
`I do not mind any committee taking control of Sri Lanka`s cricket, but I want to make sure that the serious allegations against me are cleared for our good reputations`, said de Silva.
De Silva further added that he was willing to come before any inquiry and finish off the allegations of mismanagement of funds by his committee. `I want to make sure that these allegations are heard and cleared`, de Silva said.
De Silva said that cricket had taken a greater time out of his normal life since hitting the national scene in 1985 and that it was time he spent the rest of his life with his young son.
`When I was involved in cricket in many ways, I had little time for my family, now I take this opportunity and plan to travel abroad for a few months with my family and play some cricket for fun`, said a disheartened de Silva.
Asked about if it was the end of the road for his cricketing contribution to the country, de Silva said that if this was the treatment they (ex-players) received after volunteering to offer their services in an honorary capacity, he did not think his contributions were valued. `This type of treatment is not new for me, even in my playing days, I faced many incidents like this`, recalled de Silva.
`We have lived respectfully like players and then businessmen, and if these things (allegations of financial mismanagement) are levelled, it is not good for our kid`s future`, affirmed de Silva.