Colombo: The victory celebrations of new World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka on Tuesday, turned sour with veteran players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara hitting out at officials who had criticised them about their retirement plans from T20 cricket just before the tournament. (Sri Lanka return home to heroes' welcome)
Jayawardene and Sangakkara used the occasion to express disappointment at the press conference held at international airport here to accord them a hero's welcome after winning the World T20 title on Sunday in Bangladesh.
"It is very regrettable to hear things mentioned to certain media by certain officials about our retirement," Jayawardene said.
Both Jayawardene and Sangakkara had told media upon arrival in Bangladesh that they would retire from T20 Internationals after the tournament. "What I told the media was in response to a query. I am 37 years of age now. So there is no chance of me playing in another (T20) World Cup. That was what I said.