Indian Tour Has Hurt Sri Lanka’s World Cup Preparation: Arjuna Ranatunga
Former World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has blamed the Sri Lankan cricket, the Ministry of Sports and his former teammates Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu for team’s poor show in the ODI series against India. Sri Lanka are currently four-nil down in the series and are on the verge of a whitewash.
Ranatunga was unhappy with SLC for arranging this series hurriedly after West Indies cricketers pulled out of the full tour of India due to a pay dispute with their board.
“In trying to please India they have taken Sri Lanka cricket into a depressing situation. Jayasuriya (Chairman of selectors) Atapattu (the national coach) made us believe that the Indian tour would come in good stead for our World Cup preparations.
“This has been proved false now. We were aware that the Sri Lanka team was attending a fitness programme when the decision was made to go on the Indian tour. These are the results of poor planning.”
What Ranatunga has said is quite correct because the Sri Lankans players were getting themselves fit and ready for the ODI series against England starting November 26th. This hurriedly organized tour to India has literally hurt their preparations for the World Cup 2015 and it would be a real tough challenge for Angelo Mathews and his team to stop the whitewash against India and playing some real competitive cricket against England.
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