New Delhi. Former cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya is angry and saddened to see Sri Lanka battling with financial crisis and unrest, but he hopes that democracy will be restored in the country soon. Jayasuriya, one of the best cricketers of the subcontinent, took a jibe at the politicians. He expressed grief that such a bad situation has happened in Sri Lanka.
Sanath Jayasuriya said, ‘This is a very sad situation. My country is in a time of crisis and it gives me great pain to see people standing in long queues for essential food items. There is no electricity, no fuel and no essential medicines. What can be worse than this.’ The country is facing the brunt of the poor economic policies of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He has fled to Maldives and his official residence has been occupied by the general public.
Jayasuriya said, ‘It is all unfortunate. Gotabaya is expected to submit his resignation on July 13. There are no words to describe the way our politicians have ruined the country’s fleet. He said, ‘If you ask me about the people present inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan at this time, then I do not see any harm against them. They protested peacefully. He was repeatedly asked not to damage public property. People gathered here on 9th July from different parts of Sri Lanka demanding the resignation of the President.
Jayasuriya expressed hope that democracy will return to the country soon and the situation will be normal. Asked if he was in favor of making Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the acting President, the former Sri Lankan captain said, “Ranil has no choice.” He will have to obey the order of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhaywardana. For restoration of peace and democracy in the country, Ranil will have to talk to leaders of various parties including Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa.
Jayasuriya said, “He will have to bring the Muslim leaders and Tamil leaders of the country on the platform of dialogue.” We need restoration of democracy. He expressed hope that the Asia Cup, starting in August, will be held in Sri Lanka itself. He said, ‘I have full hope that this tournament will happen. There is no danger to it. Everyone in Sri Lanka loves cricket and cricketers. Sri Lankan public is not against any cricketer. Measures will be taken to conduct the tournament peacefully.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 13, 2022, 19:02 IST