Sick And Tired Of Talking About Transition, Says Sri Lanka’s Interim Coach Nic Pothas
Throughout the series against India, Sri Lanka’s interim coach Nic Pothas had reiterated his support for the under-fire players. One by one, the Islanders lost all the nine games (3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20I) against Virat Kohli’s men but never did once Pothas criticised the players. He had once taken a shot at the officials for the fickle selections but refrained from saying anything against the cricketers.
But it seems Pothas has finally run out of patience. Ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, the former South Africa international admitted that the team is ‘sick and tired’ of the transition phase that has pushed Sri Lanka in probably its toughest phase.
“We are probably in an era where we are sick and tired of talking about transition,” Pothas said. “Sick and tired of about talking about it as a ‘learning period’. It is time to go out and perform, and that is the challenge. You are going to meet a world-class team. We have to move forward.”
The one-time World Cup winners’ decline in the ongoing year has been alarming. After being whitewashed in Tests and ODIs away to South Africa, Test loss and ODI series loss at home against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe piled more misery on them. Their miseries were further escalated after they lost all the nine-game against India.
The team management and the players have failed to find the cause of this sudden decline which is still not showing any sign of improvement. Pothas and the players will be hoping that their fortunes take a turn for better in the upcoming Test series against sixth-ranked Pakistan.
Meanwhile, with former captain Angelo Mathews ruled out from the first Test due to injury, uncapped batsman Roshen Silva is likely to get a place in the playing eleven. One of Sri Lanka’s most consistent batsmen in the domestic arena, Roshen earned the national call-up after scoring 614 runs at an outstanding average of 55.81 in the last edition Premier League Tournament.
“Roshen has come into the side at the back of runs in the domestic competition,” Pothas said. “We are making a mark to indicate that if you score runs in the domestic circuit, you will get a chance to play for the national team. His record [in domestic cricket] is second only to Kumar Sangakkara, and he is at great form at the moment.”
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