Feb 08, 2021

Harin 'perplexed' about Sanga - Mahela working with Namal Featured

Former Sports Minister Harin Fernando has said that he was 'perplexed' after former cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene decided to support current Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa.

"I’m perplexed, to be honest, I asked them, I was very determined to that point; I met them at my residence. I met them in my own house. They didn’t want to get involved in anything in Sri Lanka at that point. Perhaps they knew that the government was not very solid at that point and probably wanted to avoid controversy... As much as they didn’t help me, I’m happy for Sri Lanka cricket. And I only hope they do it out of passion and not because of pressure," he had said.

The SJB MP had said thus during an interview with 'Daily Mirror.'

'I met Ranil Wickremesinghe'

Speaking further, the MP also revealed that he had also met with UNP leader - Ranil Wickremesinghe and that Ruwan Wijewardena also has an ideal opportunity in his hands.

"I think Ruwan has an ideal opportunity, because he’s young. He worked with us. We have been together as a team. And I am saying this for the first time in the media, I met Ranil Wickremesinghe. I told my leader I’m going to meet him because he also wanted to have a chat and to see how we can merge. Our General Secretary has opened up a conversation. Mr. Wickremesinghe also wanted us to have a conversation with Ruwan and see how we can work this out. We want everybody to unite and get all the people involved to unite and fight the common enemy. So that’s what we’re trying to do," he has added.

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