Sri Lanka’s haphazard preparations for the World Cup are obvious

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Sri Lanka made, a not unexpected ignominious debut at the 2019 Cricket World Cup now being hosted in England and Wales. Batting first in the opening game, the Sri Lankans were simply brushed aside by the New Zealanders on a batting friendly pitch, for 136 runs in 29.2 over. Skipper Karunaratne however carried out bat with a dogged 52 (84 balls). It was child’s play for the New Zealand openers who cantered to the target in a mere 16 overs going at a rate of 8.5 runs per over.

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  1. I would rather pick a 18 year-old of quick nimble footwork the likes of Nipun Dhananjaya, KamilMishara or NavodParanavithana that offer full face of the bat, as frontline batter,rather than an experienced batter of limited stokes that always bats in a crouched posture when executing his strokes… Some unqualified officials feel these big events like WCs are meant for entertaining friends & relatives rather than to secure the Country’s hard-earned reputation. If players such as Chandimal,RoshenS,AselaG,Dickwella,Sadeera,BhanukaM,CharithA, aren’t good enough to represent the Team, bring those above mentioned youngsters in. The talents in MushfiqurRahim, TamimIqbal, ShakibAl-Hasan, … were identified when they were still at the ages of 16,17,18 respectively. They are players that has passed their Cricket ALs with highest Grades. We should emulate those selectors, if we are to continue in the International arena. The incompetent selectors of last 2 decades have ruined careers of many a highly talented Cricketer produced by our schools, some were stars of respective YWCs Bhanuka Rajapakshe,RomeshBuddhika, ChathuraPeiris, CharithJayampathy all of YWC2010, SadunWeerakkody,LahiruMadusanka, AmilaAponso of YWC2012 , Sadeera,BhanukaM,PriyamalP,Binura&Anuk Fernando of YWC2014 are few names that can be recollected .The Country would have been highly benefited, the SLC funds that is meant for the development of Cricket in the Country, were invested on these highly talented youngsters, before they lose their interest of the Game, rather than ruing our reputation by wasting those valuable funds to consolidate the administrators’ positions at SLC. It is first and foremost to hold Domestic Tournaments for school leaving Cricketers [ allocating proper incentives] if we are to be on par with other Test playing countries. Country’s Prime Minister & Sports Minister should take a serious note with regard to the things happening at the SLC, I strongly feel SLC funds should come under the purview of the Finance Ministry.

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