24 September, 2020

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‘I Was Not Paid $15,000, It Is Not Good For Canada’ – Sri Lankan Player MP Sanath Jayasuriya

By CBC News –

Cricket stars fume, wait to be paid for Toronto event

A group of international cricket players say they are still waiting to get paid after participating in a marquee event in Toronto this past weekend.

The event took place at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon and saw two teams made up of international players square off against one another.

Sanath Jayasuriya told CBC News that he was to receive $15,000 to play in a cricket match in Toronto on the weekend, but he still has not been paid. (CBC)

Billed as a way to promote cricket in Canada and Canada to the world of cricket, the 20-overs match featured players from more than a half-dozen countries including Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe.

And while the players put on a good game in Toronto, several suggested to CBC News that they would be unlikely to return to Canada any time soon as a result of the non-payment issue.

“It is not good for Canada and not good for Canada and cricket,” said Sanath Jayasuriya, a veteran player from Sri Lanka who spoke to CBC News about the situation.

Jayasuriya said he was to receive $15,000 to play in Toronto, as well as additional funds to cover his flight from Sri Lanka.

“I’ve been playing for the last 20 years and never gone through this kind of thing before,” he said.

The event at Rogers Centre was organized by Kat Rose Inc., a Toronto company that claims on its website to have organized prior events in South Africa and in the Greater Toronto Area.

Herb Choga, the president of Kat Rose, said that several superstar players from Pakistan pulled out of the event at the last minute.

When that happened, a rush of fans in Canada returned their tickets and investors pulled out, Choga said.

Choga told CBC News that he will do what he can to ensure that the players get their money.

“I’ll make sure that they do, like, I’ll try my very best to make sure that these guys get paid,” he said.

The event was sanctioned by Cricket Canada, the sport’s governing body in Canada.

Choga has pleaded for Cricket Canada to help.

But Doug Hannum, the CEO of Cricket Canada, said that his own organization has also been left without funds they expected to receive.

“We took on considerable expense for this event as well and we have not been paid,” Hannum told CBC News.

He said that Cricket Canada won’t be paid until the players get paid first.

Hannum called the incident a national embarrassment at a time when Toronto is preparing to host the Pan Am Games with cricket as a main event.

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    Many who know him say he is a great cricketer, not so much a great man

    Arjuna, Murali and Sanga are also known as great men.

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    You made enough dollers since you were brought to SL cricket by Arjuna Ranathunge. You can well close your eyes and donate that to charity because its good for you.

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    Whether he is great or not, The Canadian business who asked him to come should pay.

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    For individuals as these, avarice has no limits and means to achieve their ends. How can they be great men?

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    Lanka ve money Pereethayoo canada gihilla. Voter Silva Staving to death, MP Forgotten the poor man’s cry.

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    ….sanath illang kahla ….. he cannot expect the full amount as the match never took place…..last week Sanath played for the SL Air force XI T20 match in Colombo too … too bad he should’ve taken with him some members of the palath sabha … they would’ve threatened the Canadians…

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    Sanath Jayasuriya should be paid as promised, but we all Sri Lankans knows he is greedy for money and never a philanthropist.

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    not greedy only for money.. but also for women.. one of great womanizer in SL Cricket. good lesson for stingy [Edited out]

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    not greedy only for money.. but also for women.. one of great womanizer in SL Cricket. good lesson for stingy FU..R

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    Sanath Jayasuriya might have been able to hit or bowl a cricket ball very well at one time. However, as a principled human being he’d score zero!

    His response to the alleged non-payment of his fee says it all insofar as he,his country and the President whose acolyte he is, are concerned. Because some businessman allegedly gypped him, he figures that Canada as a country and its government should be ashamed. What does he think Canada is? A banana republic where its Governor General or its Prime Minister can “decree” that he should be paid? Wake up you piece of …., this isn’t Rajapakistan! If you’ve got the ….., sue the guy whose contract you so greedily signed. Be a big boy, you jackass, Rajapaksa doesn’t decree what happens in Canada!

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    Sanath is great embassador for cricket all over the world respected him , SL- UNP and JVP beggers now try to discredit his reputation

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    Now, now Sonna boy just forget about the $15,000.00 Be charitable for a change. Anyways what goes around must come around eh! You lucky bustard you have made enough money in the name of cricket have n’t you.

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    Those who scold sanath in the above comments they should feel ashame for this. coz when he played for a nation we like n praised him alot. but once he entered into politics, u all critisise him. its nt fair. he s all time great human being. at this age he played in canada n scores 41 in just 24 balls. as a human being we wont reject the salary which they agree to pay. likewise in this also, he signed a agreement for $15000. its his r8s to ask. u r a great human being sanath. loves u alot from the child hood as u r a UN Ambassador, etc……
    regards
    Kathik Kumar
    Diehard fan of UUUUU….
    from
    Tamilnadu
    India……..

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