Tillakaratne laments lack of spirit for failure in U19 World Cup

Dilshan Madushanka

Sri Lanka’s U-19 head coach Hashan Tillakaratne laments that his charges lacked consistency and flair they are known for, leading to their premature exit from the World Cup concluded last month. Bangladesh beat India to win their first global silverware while Sri Lanka returned home empty-handed finishing in an embarrassing 10th position.

“I am really disappointed with our performance in the tournament,” said the former Sri Lanka skipper. “After winning in West Indies, I thought we were fit to make it to the quarter-finals. We were inconsistent throughout the tournament. The hard yards we put in were in vain and also we did not have the fighting spirit we are known for. We did not have the Sri Lankan flair throughout the competition.”

Tillakaratne who completed two years in the job has now been transferred to the High Performance Centre based at Khettarama as Sri Lanka Cricket is head hunting for a foreign coach to put the junior cricket in order…

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