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Progress has been our most important product.we an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. Pepople here are subdued yet aggressive but by no means arrogant. The game which really bound us together is cricket and our fascinating way of playing it. 1996 a year of glory Sri Lanka Cricket emerges out of nowhere and win the World Cup and since then it has been rollercoaster ride though it had some jerky moments but none like this a tumbling stairs down moment by moment especially in limited overs cricket.

"We have the talent but at the moment a lot of senior players are retired. The younger players are not performing well. Too many are playing and every time the team is changed - MURALI

We have tried 25 different players since 2014 in ODI, I mean seriously 2 teams in three years and yet we demand for more young talents. If they were (25 of them) given opportunity they must had talent, we failed to groom them or they were exposed much earlier and dropped after some bad performance something like what recently happened with Kusal Mendis and I see it forthcoming for Sadeera.

I pray to be proven wrong or some of the positives will be again destroyed, Where as in some players who we invested too much like Lahiru Thrimane gave nothing and again he is on the verge of being dropped, Not only selectors are to be blamed some of the players too like him who got chance again and again but the pain of being out of runs did not seemed in the eyes. Maybe, I am being too harsh on him but this seems with many others also and one of them is our new Captain, can any One of you feel sense in sacking of Tharanga and appointing Thishara as captain well I don't. The position in which Srilanka Cricket find itself has none to blame. 

“You cannot lose focus as the whole country is watching you. To meet these expectations or to get close to meeting them, you need a lot of commitment,” -Sachin Tendulkar



SLwoodooboy_DIMI's picture

There are so many mishaps caused the situation that we are in today. It's almost too many to pin point one reason. I think it is a collection of several drastic decisions that led to our demise in cricketing world.

I would begin with getting rid of politicians running a sports administration. It was evident that some steps taken to stay in power proved to be crucial to this outcome. The result is, #1 bowler taking as many wickets as pleased by bowling the to a much lower ranked batters in the domestic circuit. Vice versa for the batters as well. Eg: Milinda Pushpakumara, who has 500+ first class wickets couldn't even make a dent on a spinning wicket in an international match.

Then comes the instability of the administration. They would make anybody who come in their way or intentionally make somebody their scape goat. Graham Fords resigning, Mathews leaving captaincy are good examples. I think Mr. Sumathipala brought Asanka Gurusinghe as a revenge against Ranatunga's. It's no secret Gura and Arjuna never saw eye to eye back in the day. I respect Gura, but he is no manager. He believe he has limited knowledge about modern day cricket having a hiatus of 20 years....

I will continue more later, when I get some free time.

(BTW, by pointing finger at Sumathipala and CO. doesn't mean I support Ranatunga regime instead. I want all these crooks out of the administration and have real cricketers on these seats...)

More to come later.....

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There is nothing called demise, it is just the atmosphere you find yourself in where self belif is overtaken by expectation of result.

Do you know England once in 2000 lose 11 matches in ODI on trot similar to what srilanka is going through and that team included Alec Stewart, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff, Graeme Hick, Graham Thorpe, What vaughan and Flintoff did in coming years is secret to none.

In those losing years England did what SLC is doing now swap and drop but now SLC is changing the support staff which i think is good it brings fresh vibes to the dressing room(talking about hathurusinghe) without affecting the confidence of the team, the good quality about him(Hathurusinghe) is that he fills you with self confidence and have a good knowledge of player management also.

I think Milinda Pushpakumara is a very good bowler you see champ. Herath also struggled against this Indian line up not only they in history only two spinner troubled indian batsman Murali and Monty Paneser(in 2012 IND V ENG) even Warne strugled bowled with avg, of 45.

Talking about politician occuping SLC seats it is unfortunate but at the moment they don't look problem as they are compelled to do their best to save themself from public eye because many mouth are waiting for any error by them......

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Sumathipala brought Asanka Gurusinghe as a revenge against Ranatunga I don't know about thar PLESE TELL ME ONCE YOU ARE FREE #SLwoodooboy_DIMI

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@r9it, That's what I heard from my good friend who plays for NCC (Club cricketer and a reliable source). Ranatunga and Gurusinghe were never in sync with each other. That's one of the reasons why Gura quit with plenty of time left to play considering his age at retirement. Now both Sumathipala and Ranatunga are politicians and loves playing the cat and mouse game. As per my friend, bringing Gura in to the scene was like throwing a pie at Ranatunga's face, considering that Ranatunga was constantly ranting about Sumathipala administration. Once Sumathipala did that, he publicly invited Ranatunga to join hands at the SLC to develop cricket, which Ranatunga rejected. So, all in all, Gura's arrival was more political innuendo than a strategic plan to develop SL cricket.

I agree with you on Milinda Pushpakumara. May be I jumped the gun too early. I hope he will come good, given more opportunities at International level. After all, he has 600+ first class wickets under his belt now.

(Some of my points could be viewed as Gossip. I don't have a definitive source to back it up other than what I heard from my friend, who I believe is reliable. However, when you put the pieces together, it seems pretty obvious).

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