Sweeping Changes Likely To Sri Lankan Team Before South African Tour

The Sri Lankan Cricket team, which suffered a spate of humiliating losses in the recent past, is expected to undergo a major overhaul before the South African tournament starting next week.

Sri Lanka’s Head Coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, Captain Dinesh Chandimal and several other players are likely to be sacked before the South African tour, sources close to Sports Minister Harin Fernando said.

Several senior players, including Chandimal, will be given a “break” from international cricket allowing them to regain form and reinvent their places in the national team. Several players from Sri Lankan ‘A’ team, who performed well during the recent series against Ireland ‘A’, will be fast-tracked into the team.

Dimuth Karunaratne, the only Sri Lankan player to secure a slot in the ICC world Test team for 2018, is likely to be made the captain of the Test team.

“We have already given up the 2019 ICC World Cup. It is unrealistic to believe that we will be able to enter the knockout stages of the tournament. Under the current circumstances, there is no point in waiting for the end of the ICC World Cup to usher in sweeping changes. Sri Lanka cricket is similar to a patient struggling with terminal cancer. Treatments must be given as soon as possible — the sooner the better,” our spokesman said.

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  1. Hon. Minister & current Selectors…. the idea is good, but please don’t forget to recall the services of our best ODI batter/Opener Upul Tharanga in past 3yrs with 1.4k runs @ 40 Av – 84 SR -2×100 & 8×50 & 4th best ranked batting performer in Test with 549 runs @ 38 Av – 2×100 -3×50+ from 16 test innings given to him in past 3 yrs since 2016. His steady progress & valuable contributions were abruptly halted by Hathurusinghe & former selectors in 2018, Oct with no justification whatsoever (quoting a 8 inning brief lapse since his series winning last 50+ score, even after maintaining a clean productive record over 3 yrs and 41 matches, with just one more such similarly brief lapse exceeding 4 innings since 2016, common to even Sanga, Kohli or Lara) .

    Most widely experienced, progressively improving assertive senior Opener Tharanga at 34 y, he is the most FITTEST Batter currently we have & certainly he has at least another 3-4 yrs of active cricket remaining in him. Being the most modest & assertive senior pro we have today in SL, who is never being greedy of captaincy or ever involved in any kind of team politics, he is the ideal role model to mentor the youngsters in the team. With his kind helpful & loads of wide experience gathered playing around the world plus impeccable character /discipline in and off the field makes him the ideal candidate to guide & mentor the youngsters even just as a player in the pack. As seen in numerous occasions (even recently seen with A-team), Upul is gladly willing & ever ready to help/guide juniors. Here is an article to prove the point with his unique productivity as a top order batter : https://www.islandcricket.lk/blogs/mr-de-mel-sa-odis-eng-wc-%e0%b6%91%e0%b6%b8-%e0%b6%bb%e0%b6%a7%e0%b7%80%e0%b6%bd-sl-odi-%e0%b6%89%e0%b6%ad%e0%b7%92%e0%b7%84%e0%b7%8f%e0%b7%83%e0%b6%ba%e0%b7%9a-%e0%b7%84%e0%b7%9c%e0%b6%b3%e0%b6%b8/?fbclid=IwAR0AZ4VYNz051qYs5I9CuYHJ_1orKPE2kNeCHuTDiSu6ZPgAue-SNYZvUkA

  2. Opener Upul Tharanga is currently in immaculate form as seen from his most recent records in on going BPL tournament putting up back to back match winning vital scores as Opener for Dhaka Dynamites, scoring 41 @ 140 SR ensuring them to enter the eliminator stage & today his score of 51 @ 118 SR as Opener, ensured them the semi final stage entry in BPL -2019 played in Bangladesh. Before Upul joined that team in BD last Saturday, his side DD was in a hopeless situation, loosing previous 5 matches at a trot up to then. In end of last month, Tharanga guides SL-A to 5-0 Whitewash – clean sweep vs Ireland-A , leading the young side as skipper & also scoring heavily for SL-A , with 2 x 100+ & 50+ . While suffering with a severe dearth in finding such batting asserts in our coffers today, What else do we need to prove this in form batters enormous worth to SL cricket today?

  3. I think its a foolish move. Chandimal is the skipper and he is forced to bat at number three becouse of injury to matthiews. He is not used to this possition. He is also under pressure due to spate of injuries to key players. A team playets must be drafted but afyer cairfully thimking about the players to leave out and not as knee jerk decision. Must have a plan to keep the players fit and have the stronhest possible team arround. The minister must let the profesionals run the show without trying to be chairman of selectors.

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