If this is true SLC should be stoned!......
Thanks man. recognize the names except Endean, but recall the incidents except Gooch off Merv if I recall right. Just checking if others are following these or we just cricket nerds :) I will gladly admit that I am one - after this is the game I love.
Thirimanne , Chandimal, Milinda, are not even worthy to be in the team.
Sri Lanka always did well when we play attacking cricket. Best of Mathews and Chandimal witness when they take to the opposition. Half of the blame should go to the openers. Danushka Gunathilaka has the best credentials on these conditions having scored 50s' day in day out during his last A tour. But one failure in useless T20 in India sidelined him from cricket. If Mathews is not learning from his mistakes he should be removed. It is a crazy idea to name someone else but when you look into history, Graem Smith, Jason Holder, Taibu all held captaincy without much credentials. I don't mind naming even Mendis if he has a good cricketing brain. Even Kusal Perera is a good choice as he might retain his place in all formats. But best thing is Mathews to continue but he has to change his tac tics drastically.
If Thiri is not performing Mathews should not select him to playing 11... Niroshan Dickwella , who scored a 50 in warm up match is sitting in the bench... but Thiri , who couldn't score is being selected ...
Over to you Mathews ...
Mathews shouldnt be the captain but should be in the team with a doubt . Srilanka has never shone under mathews ever since mahela and sanga retired . Srilanka is missing Mahela more than Sanga without a doubt . Sanga is a wicket keeper batsman . but maiyya fields , bats and above all leads the crew even if he isnt the captain . Mathews's negativity as a captain aint taking SL cricket anywhere without a doubt .
@Anonymous: Thri is played well in ODI, but has been a failure... But Aravinda and Sanga backed him to give encouragement. but he keep on failing.. Can't blame Aravinda or Sanga for that...
I do understand the anger and Angelo's defensive captaincy does warrant not average but heavy criticism. Even Mahela was very critical of Angelo's captaincy. But seriously do we have any other options?? Angelo needs to learn from this situation. I hope he does. I am afraid due to previous administration money greed and not having proper succession plans our cricket has to suffer.
I feel SLC has made a huge blunder in not having a proper batting coach and a fielding coach. I even think Ramanayake should be moved on.
Some might think Graham has done it previously (handling batting) when he was in charge and with the county side so why do we need a batting coach? But the problem is batting has been our Achilles heel. It wasn't so prominent before because we had Sanga and Mahela. Now that both are gone it is showing up as a sore thumb. It's not a case of we should. It's a case of we must.
Every test playing side has a batting coach,so why we are different. Graham is a great coach but he needs to have specialist working with him. We never had a proper batting coach ever since Chandika.
I think SLC should revisit all support coaching positions after this tour. If they are serious about our teams development.
@lolstat: Brilliant idea. Let's drop Mathews completely xD
Yeah the current state of Sri Lankan cricket is pathetic.
There is a better idea, drop Mathews from the team. :D
Then make the golden boy Chandimal captain.
Mathews is the only player who is worthy of playing international cricket. However it is very clear from the body language Mathews does not want to captain this team, why? Because this is not an international quality team.
At best "best", this team can play against 2nd Grade English county team, no more. It is not the players fault, we don't have that standard of cricket within our domestic structure.