Sri Lanka’s 2012 Australian tour starts now!

Sri Lanka have produced some of the finest cricketers the world has ever seen. The small but talented island nation has competed against the world’s best, hard-to-beat foreign teams & venues and also has emerge one of the best International cricket sides in the world.

However as many would predict if a team’s big-match players retire from the game, the side would be up against it. This is what exactly happened to Australia and unfortunately for Sri Lanka as well.

Sri Lanka since their match-winner and ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan bid adieu for the International game since they have suffered defeats that even a domestic side wouldn’t suffer. Soon after the loss in the final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup they have failed to win at least one series in either tests or ODIs, playing England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa under TM Dilshan’s captaincy.

Dilshan a match winner in all departments whether it is batting, bowling, fielding or even wicket-keeping but as all human-beings have their blind-spots, Dilshan accepting captaincy was his and SLC selectors biggest ever mistake they made.

Captaincy was Sangakkara’s before the World Cup and he was doing it fine, but due to political influence in the team during the world cup led a great captain to give it away, leaving Sri Lanka in a dire situation which Dilshan had to take. Captaincy or the team’s performance cannot be blamed on the players as they are willing to even fight for their team, but as evil spreads, politics have spread like a cancer to the SLC team which they have failed to recover.

As 2012, hopefully is a very special year for all Sri Lankan cricketers with the CB Series coming up soon, Asia Cup, England & India touring Sri Lanka and being the Host for the 4th ICC World T20 they need to feel the hunger to win, the hunger to perform and importantly work as a team supporting each other. A change was needed to bring back Sri Lanka to once-Lion hearted bunch of cricketers, it is made.

Mahela Jayawardene who brought us closer to winning the 2007 World Cup has taken it back to re-instate the team’s performance. A new coach of the form of Graham Ford (Former South African coach), A new selection panel (although not appropriate) has been appointed.1st assignment would be in the Commonwealth Bank Tri Series in Australia including world-champs India.

Tomorrow (27th) the team will fly to Australia with the hopes of bringing lost glory to their motherland plenty of Sri Lankans would  hope and pray Sri Lanka would play their brand of cricket to become champions Down under and bring the Commonwealth Bank Cup home.

– Osanda Gunartna

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