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The winds of change are set to blow through Sri Lankan cricket

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    Sr Lankan cricket slid into the murky depths of despair after a disastrous Indian invasion that reduced them to a less-than-amateur opposition. The ensuing mental scarring will undoubtedly remain with them for a long, long time.

    Thrashed in all formats of the game by a relentless opposition, Sri Lanka’s administration will have a lot of explaining to do to the team’s adoring fans, who are disgusted with the shortsightedness of their planning to fill in the gaps of the retiring superstars, which has left the team with a yawning gap that will take a lot of filling.

    Adding to their woes is the departure of South African coach Graham Ford, who was forced to abandon a team he was carefully nurturing into a respectful opposition with the available talent due to meddling by a manager appointed by the cricket board whose only credentials was being a hero in a world cup-winning team more than two decades ago but who had no accomplished coaching skills.

    Now, like a ship without a rudder, the team lurches from one thrashing to another. Even minnows such as Afghanistan and Ireland, the latter now being coached by Ford, look capable of beating them if they were to cross paths.

    A closer analysis will reveal that there is no lack of talent, just bad management of the available talent, mainly due to the consistent chopping and changing of the team which cannot achieve cohesiveness as a result.

    They had a knowledgeable manager in Charith Senanayake, who had fewer credentials in a winning Sri Lankan team but did possess excellent cricketing acumen during his tenure. But politics decreed that these were not the required credentials for the job. The current set up comprises mostly political appointments.

    After the Indian debacle, the selection committee has tendered their resignation, leaving the team in more turmoil. But the winds of change may in some ways be a miracle of sorts which may bring in people who have the game and its future at heart.

    Playing in home conditions, Sri Lanka had no answer to the Indian onslaught, outplayed in every department of the game. The fact that they struggled to make runs in familiar conditions while the Indians thrived on the toothless Sri Lankan attack and offered almost no resistance in the three formats speaks volumes for the lack of mental preparation and obvious distraction from matters unrelated to cricket.

    Upwards and onwards is the only avenue left to Sri Lanka, who by their lack of application will now have to battle the minnows as they seek qualification to the upcoming world cup in 2019.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • Roar Guru

      September 10th 2017 @ 10:46am
      Anindya Dutta said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

      Very well written Trevine. It was indeed sad to see how the SL team caved in. I am a huge fan of Sri Lankan cricket and I agree the talent is there and experience and good management will see this team do well in time. Let’s cut them some slack. Remember a young inexperienced team faced up to a relentless team at the top of their game and confidence. That’s not easy for anyone. Rebuilding takes time.

      • Roar Rookie

        September 10th 2017 @ 10:38pm
        savage said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

        But they also lost the odi series 2-3 against zimbabwe.Sri Lanka lost in Sri Lanka which is foreign condition for zimbabwe.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 12:22pm
      AGordon said | September 10th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      This is the 3rd or 4th article I’ve read about the demise of Sri Lankan cricket and all come to the same conclusions. The talent is there but it is “the administrations fault”. The problem is, no-one identifies this supposed talent and no-one identifies who is “administering” badly.

      I’m not an aficianado of Sri Lankan cricket so please help me and others to understand exactly what problems exist. As it stands, this story is simply smoke and mirrors. It hints at things but says nothing.

    • September 11th 2017 @ 3:53pm
      Tanmoy Kar said | September 11th 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

      Sri Lanka needed an inspirational coach and a motivated captain who can lead from the front. Angelo Mathews did the job well for 2/3 years now who will come forward to do that is to be seen. They are facing a tough tour vs. Pakistan at UAE ahead.

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