Sanath Jayasuriya has said that Sri Lankan people want him to play the forthcoming 2011 World Cup as Sri Lanka is one of the hosts of the tournament.
"The people, in fact, want me to play till the World Cup... One reason, perhaps, being that Sri Lanka is one of the hosts... It’s going to be a big event for us and, yes, the expectations will also be big.’ Jayasuriya had told Indian newspaper Culcutta Tlegaraph in an interview from Gros Islet (St Lucia).
"I’m looking to play till the 2011 World Cup, let’s see how things go... I don’t take my place for granted and, so, I’ll have to keep performing and stay fit," Jayasuriya had pointed out.
"On the field, I’m a cricketer, not a politician, so there’s no conflict," is how Jayasuriya responded to calls from some quarters that he end his career as a sportsman, according to the article.
The 40-year-old, who started his Sri Lanka innings just weeks after Sachin Tendulkar’s November 15, 1989 beginning, got elected to Parliament last month.