Bleak Future For Sri Lankan Cricket
Can Be Avoided!
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Wherein lie the woes of the Sri Lankan cricketers and whither are they
headed in the near future? Is it the lack of a captain incapable of going
for the jugular like his famous predecessor or has the Lankan arsenal
been depleted through the absence of spin whiz Muralitharan and mediocre
captaincy which lacks killer instinct?
Having lost the Test Series in England through misfortune, bad judgement
calls both by the Officials as well as Skip Jayasuriya when in the first
test they were sitting pretty with England cricketers literally with their
backs to the wall, they somehow seemed to have given up the will to fight
in the two resounding losses in the remaining Tests, and continuing to
go under in the Nat West Series involving India and England and its about
time some serious soul searching has to be done!
What happened to the glitter and flash of the boys who lifted the World
Cup and hoisted their ICC rankings to No.3 in the world? and does it have
anything to do with the pathetic state of affairs at the highest level
of the B.C.C.S.L.(Sri Lankan Cricket Board) as indications are that the
high politics which goes on behind closed doors had a lot to do with the
shuffling of players in and out of selection lists where favouritism and
corruption appear to be rife according to confidential reports by sources
which prefer to be anonymous for obvious reasons.
The jockeying for power between the past High Officials with clout in
the then ruling Regime and its relative transposition involving interested
parties backed by the current regime seems to be totally unrelated to
the precepts of cricket and appear to be making a mockery of democratic
principles which one would imagine also applies to the Cricket Board whose
Board of Management in recent times has seen so many face changes involving
credible dedicated individuals with a proven track record booted out and
often pre - empted by boorish National Costumed Simpleton Vernacular types
whose only claim to the high office they seek in the BCCSL (it is rumored,
in quest of gold from a veritable gold mine) are the goondas who back
them up armed with cudgels and a thugish mentality, and their connections
to the Sports Ministry. Thus the morass which the BCCSL has been transformed
into appears to be taking a toll on the players who seem to have lost
their fighting spirit and the faith they once had in stoic administrators
such as Mike Tissera, Bandula Waranapura and Roshan Mahanama amongst a
host of others and have had to deal with the unknown champions of the
Sports Minister and the unwelcome dabbling of the likes of Thilanga Sumathipala
who seems to view the BCCSL as a vested interest.
In getting its act together prior to the forthcoming World Cup it may
not be such a bad idea to promote the cause of former cricketing great
Arjuna Ranatunga's keen interests to chair the BCCSL as here surely is
a man who not only knows his cricket but is also a great leader and is
proving his administrative capabilities in a very short space of time
and although he is currently being prevented form running for office due
to some incongruously lopsided legislation which needs to be overruled
and probably trashed!! as the 'Goodfellows' need to make a hasty entry
into the organisational fray of the Administrative Cricketing Arena to
clean up the disaster that is the BCCSL!
Then and only then is the likelihood of a return to past glory be likely
by the flamboyant glory boys of International cricket who once thrilled
their audiences now silenced into speechless disbelief as the key ingredients
to their performance at the highest level seem to lie in the strategies
of their decision makers at administrative level with a lesser onus on
coach Whatmore and batting specialist Richards affronted by the apathetic
performances of late by the Lankans with a few exceptions.
If the Captaincy has to be changed, so be it as Sunny J may more than
likely perform better than he does at present without the yoke of captaincy
on his shoulders which seem to weigh him heavily despite his sparkling
century at Headingley individually brilliant though none but academic
and the dependence on Murali which seems to have no alternate compensation
has to be diligently worked on. Thilan Samaraweera has not been given
the opportunity to becoming the possible successor to Murali or even a
back up considering recent performances both with bat and ball.
As things stand at present in a cricketing sense, the future seems to
be rather bleak for Sri Lanka and one which could easily be transformed
into a rosier one if the proper choices and decisions were made at Administrative
Level and player confidences restored through astute leadership.