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Sulking Sri Lanka boycott media conference after loss to Australia

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Roar Guru
15th June, 2019
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Sri Lanka are set to be fined by the ICC after refusing to attend conduct a compulsory post-match media conference following their 87-run World Cup defeat to Australia.

The 1996 world champions were comfortably beaten at The Oval on Saturday, 24 hours after lodging an official complaint about what they claim is inferior treatment compared to other nations.

Team officials refused to open the door to ICC officials after the match in a move that is certain to infuriate cricket’s governing body.

Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel claimed earlier this week some of the hotels the team have stayed at have lacked a swimming pool and the bus that had been ferrying them around the UK was too cramped.

De Mel was also unhappy about the pitch that was being prepared at The Oval, hinting that it was less batting friendly than the one that was prepared for India’s win over Australia last Sunday.

The claim was vehemently denied by the ICC who said they employ an independent body to work with local curators to prepare the pitches.

Australia captain Aaron Finch, who plays county cricket at The Oval for Surrey praised the pitch and praised the work of the curators who have battled against rain in the English capital all week.

“I thought the pitch played beautifully today,” Finch said.

“I thought with how dry it was it might spin more, but it played beautifully all day.”

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