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What’s wrong with Sri Lankan cricket?

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    A once proud cricketing nation, Sri Lanka have fallen into a deep abyss and appear powerless to claw their way back from their pathetic plight as the world watches and wonders what has struck them down.

    Less than a year ago the rebuilding process appeared to be on course under the watchful eye of South African Graham Ford as the young and inexperienced Sri Lankans, without retired stars Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas and a few others, took on the might of then number one Test team Australia and comprehensively thrashed them 3-0 at home to signal the changing of the guard.

    The excitement that was derived from that success was short-lived, however, as Sri Lanka then made a morass of mistakes, appointing a performance manager who apparently interfered with Ford’s coaching style, leaving the South African with no recourse other than to chuck it in and return to his homeland. The result has since been horrendous, to say the least, as the Sri Lankans were held by Bangladesh at home in all three formats and were then beaten in a one-day series by bottom-rung Zimbabwe at home and nearly lost the solitary Test too.

    Skipper Angelo Matthews was then made a scapegoat after the Zimbabwean tragedy, and he resigned in disgust at the pressure heaped on him by those responsible for handling cricket affairs distancing themselves from him and the team because of the loss.

    This was followed by the ultimate embarrassment when number one seed India toured thereafter and absolutely reduced Sri Lanka cricket to a shambles. Adding insult to injury, some former Indian greats, such as the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, took pot shots at the struggling nation by saying that an Indian provincial side could easily thrash a team like Sri Lanka.

    What ails Sri Lanka cricket mystifies their die-hard fans worldwide, but it is clear to see a tunnel-visioned administration appears set to reduce this once talented nation to the depths of despair and ultimate decimation.

    It is definitely time for a complete revamp of Sri Lanka’s cricket administration if the game is to prosper once more, although the task of getting at its deepest roots would be challenging.

    In fairness, there is plenty of emerging talent at the moment, with the likes of Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Asela Gunerarne, Laksahan Sandakan, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera and a few others showing the hallmarks of greatness for the future, but to play with a team of emerging stars and no direction is certainly not the recipe for success.

    If the alarm bells are not sounding loudly in this cricket-mad nation at the moment, they may as well bury their heads in the sand, because it’s time for sanity to prevail and the powers that be to stem the country’s embarrassment, which they and their countless fans have to endure.

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    • August 16th 2017 @ 12:32pm
      AGordon said | August 16th 2017 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

      Trevine

      I think you’ve answered your own question. Sri Lankan cricket has never lacked very talented players but it has only been when the administration has fully supported the team (and not interfered), that this side has proven to be world class. Part of that success has been a series of “strong” captains who have been able to tell the powers that be to “butt out”, when needed. The same type of leader is needed now along with an acknowledgement from administrators about their role.

      Get these things right and Sri Lankan cricket will be on the rise again.

      • August 16th 2017 @ 4:50pm
        Trevine Rodrigo said | August 16th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

        It’s a cultural issue in that part of the world mate. Strength of character has no hope against political clout unfortunately.

      • August 16th 2017 @ 4:50pm
        Trevine Rodrigo said | August 16th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

        It’s a cultural issue in that part of the world mate. Strength of character has no hope against political clout unfortunately.

      • August 16th 2017 @ 4:50pm
        Trevine Rodrigo said | August 16th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

        It’s a cultural issue in that part of the world mate. Strength of character has no hope against political clout unfortunately.

    • August 18th 2017 @ 11:44am
      The Fatman said | August 18th 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

      You can tell Roger was absolutely loving this. Shame Gilmour didn’t fancy touring as a group again, what I wouldn’t give to see them live.

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      August 18th 2017 @ 4:04pm
      Ben Sewell said | August 18th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

      “A once proud cricketing nation” is probably a bit strong. They’ve been mediocre at best at Test level.

      • August 18th 2017 @ 9:14pm
        fp11 said | August 18th 2017 @ 9:14pm | ! Report

        Mediocre was enough to beat us 3-Zip last year.

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          August 19th 2017 @ 5:02pm
          Ben Sewell said | August 19th 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

          I never said anything about our performances in Asia, prior to the last series in India. We have been just appalling…

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