No more ‘lovely’ cricket

On and off the field, Sri Lanka cricket is in shambles. A team that enjoyed rousing success across all formats for years after winning the 1996 World Cup is now a global farce. If the performance in the current England series didn’t expose the depths cricket has fallen to, last Sunday’s incident in Durham shows that team discipline too has eroded worse than on-field performance.

There had been little hope of victory when an inexperienced Sri Lanka side left for England on a chartered flight (Rs 69mn for passage alone) but they were at least expected to play with positive intent and discipline. Even that escaped them.

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