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Atapattu's remarks came out of frustration: Moody

Sri Lanka's former coach Tom Moody feels that Marvan Atapattu's scathing attack on the selectors could be out of years of frustration.

cricket Updated: Nov 14, 2007 14:24 IST

Former Sri Lanka cricket coach Tom Moody feels years of frustration was most likely behind Marvan Atapattu's extraordinary 'muppet' attack on national selectors.

Recalled Test batsman Atapattu caused a stir in Australia and his homeland when he branded Sri Lanka's national selectors 'muppets' during the first Test in Brisbane.

Moody, who coached Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final before returning to guide home state Western Australia, said Atapattu was at the "peak of his frustrations" after years of involvement in Sri Lankan cricket.

"He was captain for the first year, I was there and he was an honest, hard working guy. But he, like lot of Sri Lankans, have their frustrations with what goes on," Moody was quoted as saying in 'The Age' today.

Moody did not think Atapattu's comments were born out of selfishness but his passion for Sri Lankan cricket.

Atapattu was added to the 17-man squad for the tough Australian tour when Sri Lanka's Sports Minister intervened late last month.

Atapattu has endured a running feud with chairman of selectors Ashanta de Mel, branding him a joker who held a personal grudge.

The pair's history dates back to 2004-05 when Atapattu, then captain, attacked the newly government-appointed de Mel by accusing him of blocking his attempts to blood new players.

"Sri Lanka Cricket at this moment in time, I don't think is going in the direction it should be going, especially with the muppets, headed by a joker," Atapattu had said.

First Published: Nov 14, 2007 14:11 IST