‘False, fabricated and baseless’: Sri Lanka rejects T20 World Cup drinking binge report | Cricket News

‘False, fabricated and baseless’: Sri Lanka rejects T20 World Cup drinking binge report | Cricket News

According to a report published in a weekend newspaper on July 7, Sri Lankan players took part in a drinking binge inside the team hotel before their match against South Africa.

Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Quinton de Kock of South Africa during the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup West Indies & USA 2024 match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on June 03, 2024 in New York, New York. (Photo by Getty Images)

New Delhi: The Sri Lanka Cricket Board has denied reports that players staged a drinking spree at the team hotel during the T20 World Cup.

According to a report published in a weekend newspaper on July 7, Sri Lankan players took part in a drinking binge inside the team hotel before their match against South Africa.

Sri Lanka lost the match in New York on 3 June by six wickets and subsequently failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.

“Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) wishes to provide the following clarification regarding an inaccurate article titled ‘Drunken party inside team hotel ahead of South Africa match?’ published in a weekend newspaper on 7th July and subsequently circulated on social media.

“SLC categorically and firmly refutes the content of the article and confirms that no incident as described occurred. Therefore, SLC unequivocally states that the report is entirely false, fabricated and baseless,” SLC said in a statement.

Sri Lanka could only win one match in the tournament, against the Netherlands, as they finished third in their group after defeats to South Africa and Bangladesh.

After a disappointing campaign, head coach Chris Silverwood and batting consultant Mahela Jayawardene resigned. SLC have since appointed former opener Sanath Jayasuria as interim head coach as they prepare for a white-ball series against India.

“We strongly believe that such false reports unfairly damage the reputation of Sri Lanka Cricket, its officials and the players,” the SLC added in its statement.

“In light of these false allegations, Sri Lanka Cricket has requested the concerned newspaper to issue a ‘Right of Reply’ to address and rectify the damage caused to Sri Lanka Cricket.”