The way forward for Sri Lanka

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The World Cup is over and its time to rebuild for the future. A lot has been said about the lions world cup performance, and there is defineatly many things to look into. But there are a few areas which has to be ironed out. 

1. Pool of players for the next 2 years
The selectors have to identify a pool of 20 players which are to be Sri Lanka Cricket for the next years. The composition of the team should be done by people with more knowledge than me, but identifying these players should be clear. And furthermore; when we make this desicion we stick with these players - regardless of results. Within the group of 20 we can pick according to form and injurires, but the same players should be in contention. After 2 years we can reassess- hopefully we have identified the teams backbone (Thiri, Chandi, Mathews, Tharindu Kausal and Chaamera, Lakmal maybe?), if we need to bring some new players, this is the time, and then we can build towards UK 2019. 

2. Fielding and fitness
SLs fielding was terrrible. There is no excuses for consitently underperforming in this department. Almost all players who scored heavily against us in the WC were dropped of catches of various difficulty grade: Williamson, Maxwell, Root and even De Kock offered chances. These are all top class players who can hurt your teams winning chances severely. Compare that to the QF against South Africa; Kusal was caught off a rebound by De Kock and Faf Du Plessis took a sharp catch in the slips to dismiss Dilshan. I can't imagine SL taking any of those catches. The result; SL was 2 wickets down within 5 overs off powerplay.

Much more emphasis has to be put into fielding. This about priorities and hiring a fielding coach 3 months before a WC is not enough. Catches wins matches!  This has a lot to do with our fitness levels as well. Watching some of our players, like Malinga, is simply not fit enough. 

I hope these things are looked into for SLs future.. 

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Stormy's picture
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Agreed on both counts. We really must have a clear plan and let the guys settle in to the team over a period of time. The blunt reality is we will have a bit of a struggle till the next line of guys get settled and they need to be given a chance to do that.

I think we need to select some a core unit, backbone as the write puts it and stick with them and back them.

SPCG's picture

I have had enough of Malinga. He can't field. His Batting is a complete joke. He bowls but can't take wickets. When he does it's no-ball. Drop him!. SLC can save big bucks and give a newcomer a chance. "Malinga" is like a brand name, Brand names do not work in cricket. We need players who can produce real results, not just the "hype".

But, if you are obsessed with him, make him the captain. That is the only way to make him play for SL with passion. I feel that his only aim is to play T20 tournaments around the world. By giving him a contract, SLC is playing his game. Maybe people who support him are getting a "cut".

wannabecricketadministrator's picture
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I agree with SPCG to a certain point. I think Malinga should play until the t20 WC next year and then retire..

We need a strong administration and selectors are given a set time to to reign (e.g. next world cup 2019), otherwise i suspect we will panic after a few losses and revert back to temp solutions..

Hit man's picture
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Agree.its a good analysis .but another point need to keep in mind is our game plan need to be updated. Our current strategy is suited for 2011-2013 or even in 2007. Score 250+ in Aussie track with average bowling attack will not work.plus at the moment we can generally chase 250-270 targets but not 300-350 .yes we did it vs eng who struggled .same cannot say against nz or Sa or even aus.keep in mind we are playing 2019 wc in England.since our bowling expect to struggle
due to inexperience we must be ready to chase 250+ regularly.

So the conclusion is simple . We have to bat out our opposition. My suggestions for our odi batting line up (first choice)

Kusal

Thiri

Chandimal - that controlled aggressive chandimal we saw in lords,and even against Australia

Bhanuka

Mathews

Kithruwan

Roshen de silva

Addition for that we need to look at these players too

Priyanjan

Danushka gunathilake

Angelo perera

Dilshan munaweera

JontyRodes's picture

First of all SL should clean up the mess with Team /Squad Selections, which is the root-cause of WC deserter & downgrading the overall standard & rankings of SL Cricket.

If not for the super-heroic tireless efforts by our two veterans Sanga & Dilly, SL would have ended up in the bottom of the ranking tables, below Bangladesh & even Zimbabwe!

If these people were allowed to continue this trend any further, in the near future; SL cricket would be stripped of Test status and demoted to the ranks of Associate members in another couple of years time!

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