Former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee Asantha de Mel has revealed that the Sri Lanka cricket team was dispatched to tour South Africa due to monetary purposes.
Speaking on a tv show, Asantha de Mel said it was decided not to tour South Africa due to the lack of time for practice, and as the players were fresh out of the Lanka Premier League 2020.
He further said that however, due to a hidden influence the decision had changed and the Sri Lankan cricketers were ordered to participate in the tour after a day’s practice.
The former Sri Lanka Cricket Team Manager further said that division between the players was the main cause for the failure of the team when he took over in 2017
He also said that he took advice from former Captain Arjuna Ranatunga even before the England Test series on team selection.