Recently Sri Lanka returned home from England on Tuesday after finishing a limited-over series.Lankan lions performed terribly in the series losing 5 out of six games. However, they would have lost the last match of the tour too but rain saved them. England bowled out Sri Lanka at the score of 166 before the game was washed out by rain.
Fans and former cricketers are disappointed with the continuous failures of once a champion team. The team just kept on declining after the retirement of big names. World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has lashed out at Sri Lanka after the team’s horror show in England. Arjuna even asked the fans to stop watching Sri Lanka’s matches on the television. Also, Ranatunga targeted the team’s cricket board for the decline in the quality of cricket in the country due to mismanagement.
“We must stop watching matches even on TV. What we saw during the England tour is the culmination of accumulated mismanagement, corruption, and indiscipline. The board is responsible for this sorry state of affairs,” he said according to Island Cricket.
Off the field problems in Sri Lanka cricket
In a video, three Lankan cricketers were found roaming outside ahead of the ODI series. Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Niroshan Dickwella were found guilty of breaching the bio-bubble. The trio was banned by Sri Lanka cricket during the England tour. Also, The trio was immediately called back home after the bubble breach incident. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka cricket board is looking forward to giving hard punishment to cricketers.
Chairman of the SLC Managing Committee Arjuna De Silva was also angry about the move by the trio.
“The board spent 69 million rupees ($345,000) to fly them in a chartered aircraft to keep them within a protected bio-secure bubble. “I am sad and angry at the same time,” he had said.
The next difficult challenge for Sri Lanka cricket is facing India at home. The Teams face off in three ODI and three T20I games. The Indian side is coached by Rahul Dravid and led by Captain Shikhar Dhawan and his deputy Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Due to Sri Lankan cricketers not signing contracts,India may face a second-string side of Sri Lanka.