It’s been a long time. While other countries have moved forward, we are going backwards.
Almost every country has changed their first-class structure to increase the competition and the latest country to do that is Pakistan.
This competition within the domestic structure will increase the quality of cricket played and develop better players.
The best example are India’s latest talents Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari. They immediately booked their place in the national team because they were able to adapt quickly to the international level, but our cricketers have not been consistent.
That is because of the gap between the international level and the first class tournament.
Past cricketers have given various ideas on how we can improve the quality of domestic cricket, but they have been ignored.
Now is the time that someone needs to step up and encourage this change because Sri Lankan Cricket badly needs it as an investment for the future.
It’s up to the administration to make this happen, otherwise we can’t produce cricketers who will perform consistently at the international level.
There are many cricketers in our circuit who can break the 10000 run barrier and the 500 wicket mark, but the right platform should be set for them to get the best out of themselves.