In the last few years, Sri Lanka have endured an absolute lull, as the retirements of legends like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene has created an irreplaceable void. The inexperience of fringe players within the ranks hasn’t been an ideal sign; as the Sri Lankans have gone on to lose more games than they have actually won. The tour of England last year was a complete disaster, as reflected upon by a win-less tour.
After annihilating Australia 3-0 in their own backyard, expectations were a bit high from the team once they left for South Africa. However, in Tests and now in the ODIs, the visitors have been massacred without any mercy and are on the verge of a whitewash.
Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya spoke about his team’s run off late, and maintained that it was imperative to win overseas as well.
“I wouldn’t say there’s a dearth of talent but we don’t produce those champion cricketers as much as we did in the past,” Jayasuriya said.
“I don’t think it’s a problem with the domestic structure or the school structure, because it’s the very system that produced all those champion cricketers in the past. So, we need to assess this situation and find out where the problem is and correct it.
“The problem I see here is not lack of talent but their inability to adjust quickly to situations and handle the pressure. You can’t play cricket, if you can’t absorb pressure,” the southpaw added.
The Matara Mauler added that in order to enrich the skills of individuals, sending them abroad for learning tours would be a decent move.
“If we can do a player program at least at the Under-19 level that will do a world of good for the players.
“We sent Kusal Mendis to England and we all know how well he performed in England last year. We’ve also seen South African players being sent to India to get used to spin wickets. This is one area we could really look at in the future,” he concluded.