Talking about the Sri Lanka team, he said that there is enormous talent to feed the national pool. “We always had rich talent. But the problem was that we have not set the right retirement plans for the top cricketers and allowed them to retire whenever they wish. When most top players quit in the same era, a big vacuum develops in the team,” he said.
“In the past we have seen some top schoolboy cricketers marching directly to the national team from school level and cement their places in next to no time. We hardly see that now and the problem could be attributed to present day strategies of school cricket coaches and officials who pay undue attention to limited-over cricket and T20s,” Dharmasena declared.