Chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel was quick to point out that problems the national team are encountering abroad are due to the shortsightedness of the cricket administration.
“I was watching some of the domestic club matches and the fast bowlers are bowling only about 4-5 overs so how can they bowl 20 overs in a Test match,” questioned De Mel. “When we were looking for fast bowlers to replace the injured we found out that even clubs like NCC are opening the bowling with spinners. There was a boy we were looking at Mohamed Siraj. The last match he played he was given only two overs to bowl. He had gone for a few runs in those overs and after that he didn’t bowl. Unless the bowlers are given a heavy workload at home how can they be fit to bowl in a Test? It has to be corrected from the domestic level.”