Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Asks for Report from Cricket Board after 3-0 Loss Against India
With Sri Lanka cricket team’s miseries’ compounding after being whitewashed by India in the recently-concluded three-match Test series, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Dayasriri Jayasekera has asked for a report from the cricket board.
2017 has been nothing less than a disaster for the Islanders. After being whitewashed in Tests and ODI series at the start of the year in South Africa, a T20I series win over the Proteas and Australia gave some respite.
However, failure to win the home series against Bangladesh, group-stage exit in the Champions Trophy and a shocking ODI series loss at home to Zimbabwe compounded their problems. And as if those poor results were not enough, India inflicted a humiliating whitewash on Dinesh Chandimal & Co. to further worsen the condition.
While Sri Lanka was not expected to win the series against the world number one team, their poor performance has surprised one all. The Island nation conceded 600-plus totals in two of the three Tests and were asked to follow-on in the last two games before succumbing to innings defeats.
And while the players have been criticised for their dismal performances in the recent months, the Sports Minister feels their abilities should not be questioned and has asked Sri Lanka cricket board to explain the reasons behind the poor performances.
“This team’s capability is not a question but we must know the reasons for the defeat,” Jayasekera said.
At the same time, he also defended the team by saying they were playing against the best Test team in the world.
“We also have to remember that India is the top team in the world, so the defeat has to be seen from that view point too,” he said.
Sri Lanka Cricket’s officials were recently slammed by former captain Arjuna Ranatunga who also called for Sumathipala to step down as SLC boss but Jayasekera made it clear that it is not viable.
“We can’t change an elected body, that can be done only at the next election,” Jayasekera said. “When there were interim committees which ran Sri Lanka Cricket for 8 years, no one complained. It was only this government which took action to hold elections (for the SLC).”
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