Coach Hashan Tillakaratne blames butter-fingered Sri Lanka U19 after worst ever World Cup show

Hashan Tillakaratne

Sri Lanka’s Under-19 cricketers entered the World Cup brimming with confidence on the back of a Tri-Series win in the Caribbean but the outcome turned upside-down hitting an all-time low show in the global showpiece.

Their coach Hashan Tillekaratne reflecting in retrospect labelled “below-par fielding” as the villain for the team’s worst show in World Cups.

“You must have seen, our fielding was below-par. That was one of the reasons, we couldn’t go for the first four. This has been happening for the past year or so…

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  1. The standard of our team in all 3 departments (Batting, bowling and fielding) is so poor and nowhere close to the standard of even minnows. It’s so sad to say that we are in the 10th place in the overall performance in this WC.

    Few negative points must be noted. SL young generation is highly overrated and social media is responsible for this. It is a dream of this young players to get hold of a social media and produce a video and publish it among the cricket fans and the viewers. Their minds and the way of thinking are spoiled at a very your age. When they reach the age to represent the national team they will be even worse.

    Hashan T (coach) in future please don’t boast too much on this young team’s standard, which you did prior to the WC. It’s no point in giving so many excuses now to the public on the teams poor performances. I think apart from the social media hype, Hashan is also responsible for this debacle which is a very unfortunate incident to our Cricket. It’s so surprise to note that our coach didn’t see the level or the standard of our young player’s performances during the preparation time prior to the WC.