BRING BACK HERATH AS TEST CAPTAIN AND THARANGA TO LEAD ODI AND T20
Posted on January 17th, 2017
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Sri Lankan Cricket has reached its low ebb and in the process virtually destroyed some of the young talents. Angelow Mathews was never a visionary leader, he was fortunate to be the skipper with the right contacts, rather than right skills needed by a skipper. With the departure of Mahela, AM was appointed to the top role after 2 years of grooming under Mahela.
During past few years, we had injury prone skippers in Tests, ODI and T20. The three leaders of the longer and shorter formats of the game, viz. Angelow, Dinesh and Malinga were not fully fit most of the time. There had been musical games on the field as a result. At the end, the Game of Cricket in Sri Lanka suffered after repeated setbacks.
Now they are passing the blame on Sanath Jayasuriya and Angelow Mathews. In fairness AM had made inroads into the games upward curve, but was not consistent. He cannot clap with one hand.
The management is now considering bringing back Mahela or Kumar to the top job of Chairman of Selectors. In our current situation, where local politics is taking centre stage, we have consistently failed to pool all resources under one umbrella. Muralitharan should be in a key role to develop our spinners. In any other country, Murali would have become the Coach. Why Mahela, Kumar, Sanath, Dilshan, Hashan, Chanminda Vass, are not mixed into a Unit of Command to direct the future of the game in Sri Lanka, leaving disgusting politicians such as Sumathipala, Dayasiri and Arjuna. Though Arjuna has a good cricketing brain, time after time, he has proved his inability to work as a team as he has a BIG HEAD AND BIG MOUTH.
On test ranking we are now just above West Indies and Zimbabwe. I strong recommend to bring back Herath as Test Captain, whilst appointing Upul Tharanga for ODI and T20.
If no corrective action is taken, Sri Lanka could be deprived of its Test Status.