He's absolutely making things up – absolutely.
Congratulations to Mark, but now that he's not available we will look at what overseas players are available. Whether we bring in a replacement or not, it's right to start looking now, as there are a lot of other counties in the same boat.
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it / immediately.
Stephen R. Covey