Sharing a message on Twitter, he stated that he has no intention of being involved in the administration of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) or take part in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) tournament.
However, it must be noted that in the article published by the Hiru News team, a definitive statement was not made regarding his future endeavours in relation to cricket. Furthermore, in the promotional material, a question mark was used which further shows that Hiru News did not make any definitive allegation in relation to Rajapaksa or his future in cricket.
It must also be pointed out that the published article never alleged that Rajapaksa would be taking part in LPL tournament.
Hiru News will not hesitate to make room for opinion of the critics as it provides an opportunity to make a better future for sports.
Whether he joins the cricket administration one day in the future is entirely his personal decision and whatever it is, we respect that decision very much.
However, the opinion of the critics is that he may join the cricket administration, and we wish him a happy future in cricket.
I have no intention to be involved with the @OfficialSLC administration or play for the @LPLT20.
It is very irresponsible conduct by media platforms to publish such false information without confirmation from the individual concerned. #FakeNews pic.twitter.com/QCY1OJacbK
— Rohitha Rajapaksa (@Rohitha_Chichi) October 13, 2021
The news article published by Hiru News is as below.
It is reported that the youngest son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to play cricket during the 50 over inter club cricket tournament.
Rohitha Rajapaksa, a national and sports club level rugby player, represented the Sri Lanka Army team and the Colombo CH&FC Sports Club team.
Cricket sources say that Rohitha Rajapaksa participated in a training match of the Kalutara Town Club Sports Club which was held at the Maggona Surrey Stadium today.
The inter-club limited overs cricket tournament organized by the Sri Lanka Cricket is scheduled to begin on October 27 and is scheduled to conclude before the commencement of the Lanka Premier League.
Kalutara Town Club Sports Club is a second tier cricket club of the Sri Lanka Cricket Institute and will compete in the second division of the 50 over Inter Club Cricket Tournament this year.
Critics say Rohitha Rajapaksa's sudden arrival in cricket could be part of his future plans.
For all executive level posts other than the post of Treasurer of Sri Lanka Cricket, the governing body of Sri Lanka Cricket, an essential qualification is to have played for at least a second tier sports club affiliated to Sri Lanka Cricket or for interclub cricket.