Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews expressing his sentiments in the wake of the ball tampering incident at Newlands said international cricketers should think of themselves as ambassadors of their country.
“We have to keep in mind that we are ambassadors of our country. Everything that we do will have an impact on the image of our country,” Mathews told Cricbuzz on Tuesday.
“I keep telling my team that we are representing 23 million people and we have got to be careful with what we do both on the field and off the field. A lot of people are looking up to you and you need to know your responsibilities. Prior to each series we discuss these things and remind players how to conduct themselves,” Mathews explained.
“Tampering of the ball is quite a serious offense. It is the responsibility of the captains to take control of things. There are plenty of television cameras around these days and you have got to be stupid to do whatever you did. The captain, coach, and senior players need to take responsibility.”