This is probably Sri Lanka’s worst ever run in terms of cricket after winning the World Cup way back in 1996. Even though our team managed to win the Test series against Pakistan, our players had failed to register a win in the One Day Internationals and the one T-20 match played so far.
If you have a close look at our team, you will understand that we are a bunch of freshers. Yes, there are the likes of Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera and Dinesh Chandimal. But even they were in and out of the National team over the years and never had a permanent place in the side.
If at least two of them remained in the team over period of six years continuously, the youngsters would have had proper guidance, a vacuum created by the absence of Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara. Jayawardena and Sangakkara joined the team when it still had members of the world cup winning team.
Their guidance and encouragement helped them to reach greater heights and retire when the country needed them most. But, Sri Lanka had failed to cultivate superstars for the future. That failure is being felt by the entire country thanks to the dismal performances on field. Sri Lanka needs to strengthen its domestic network in the school and club levels if we are to produce superstars.
Apart from the miserable losses on the pitch, Sri Lanka Cricket is also embroiled in a controversy over harassment allegations. A Paksitani sports journalist Munazza Jilani tweeted a couple of screenshots of a phone text conversation alleging that an official attached to the SLC had harassed her. The SLC stated that the Jilani was not harassed by one of its official, but a Sri Lankan journalist. Though the matter is currently being probed, Sri Lanka has to take immediate action to conduct an impartial inquiry into the alleged incident and save its reputation. It is bad enough that our boys are struggling in the playing field. But such instances place the country’s reputation and the morale of the team in a precarious situation.
Published in the Nation on October 28, 2017