Are Sri Lanka’s Cricketing Woes Compounded Through Mismanagement, Lack of Application And Team Selection ?
Posted on July 5th, 2016
Top Spin By Suni
July 6th 2016
It must be a sorry state of affairs when a team such as Sri Lanka appears to be full of woes and under performing today much to the chagrin and heartaches of adoring fans and there appears to be many deciding factors contributing to this demise.
A team that only the last time around against England virtually demoralised and defeated them resoundingly where England have struck back and sent the Lankans packing in all forms of the game with a single T -20 remaining where the outcome at best could be a forgone conclusion although an unexpected Sri Lankan win is not impossible.
It seems almost beyond speculation to attribute Sri Lanka’s poor form to various factors, of which the foremost undoubtedly appears to be lack of application, poor performance which seems to point directly to management responsible for team selection where key players have been excluded for various reasons ranging from personal to lack of experience (seemingly heavily dependent on an ingrained pomposity to moot on the part of certain selectors whose authoritarian attitude leaves much to be desired) and of course the inevitable injury factor but all in all the current England tour and ominously the forthcoming Australian tour does not hold much expectation for success on current form for the Lankans unless of course by some stroke of good fortune circumstances change for the better.
Alas ! the dependence on the likes of Murali, Vaas, de Silva, Ranatunga, Sangakkara and Jayawardena et al are things of the past as Sri Lanka rebuilds but seems to have an apathetic approach to team selection where brilliant young players like Milinda Siriwardena and others equally more deserving than some of the passengers in the side, have been sidelined and there are whispers that there is more to it than meets the common eye and that administrative bungling is the real culprit, some of it straying into personal vendettas and incarcerations based thereon which is shameful if proven true.
Also citing the inclusion of the likes of Maharoof despite his token performance, a mediocre performer regardless of domestic plaudits given the wealth of talent available as alternatives and Upul Tharanga forced to bat lower in the order when he is a brilliant opening bat more often than not, decisions that could only be attributed to bad insight by greenhorn selectors who probably need their marching orders.
Given that in recent times, players have actually retired from the game (perhaps in disgust) despite being in decent nick and probably in their prime in some cases there is room to speculate that there must be something seriously wrong with Sri Lanka’s cricketing health and needs immediate attention as this is a team that was climbing in the rankings, were World Cup winners in more than one format of the game and had a reputaion of being formidable opponents where it only takes a bit of bungling on the part of a few individuals basking in the glory of an impressive past and empowered to make executive decision which are detrimental for the team and hence the sorry state of affairs the Sri Lankans find themselves in.
Something which needs immediate remedial action or else the Lankans could find themselves in an inextricable mire competing with minnows at the bottom of the playing chain in this sudden albeit avoidablr fall from glory.
True enough this England tour was in all probabilities planned to throw the Lankans off balance by the choice of venues unsuitable from many perspectives to them such as climate and playing conditions but then they aren’t the only team that have played in blustery English conditions and overcome the odds.
On a final note. watching the Lankans on the field today they seem to be an unfit bunch, some overweight and others whose body language points to the gym rather than basking in past glory and thickening their waistline through various excesses of over indulgence and it is not surprising that there are so many injuries that suggest the team is in serious need of a new approach towards fitness and concentration towards a better direction on getting there!
And with the Aussie tour looming hopefully another disaster is not in the making.