Former cricketers and administrators write to Sports Minister

By Samantha Hewabandula

A group of former Sri Lankan cricketers and administrators have written to Sports Minister Faizer Mustapha raising concerns over the state of cricket in Sri Lanka.

In the letter the former Sri Lankan cricketers and administrators have also noted that former cricket board President Thilanga Sumathipala had failed to revive the game and instead only wasted funds.

“Sri Lanka Cricket standards have hit rock bottom and we are currently languishing in the bottom half of the ICC rankings in all forms of the game, with minnows and non-Test playing country Afghanistan having overtaken us in the Twenty20 rankings to boot. We barely scraped through to qualify for the 2019 World Cup without having to play in the qualifying tournament; were ‘whitewashed’ 5 — 0 by South Africa, Pakistan and India in ODI series in 2017; lost a Home ODI series to Zimbabwe for the first time in history; lost to Bangladesh at home in the Nidahas Trophy, failing to qualify for the finals and fared miserably in test series against India while winning the odd test and ODI match to compensate for the continuing misery,” the letter said.


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The letter also notes that Sri Lanka lost the services of Coach Graham Ford and Interim Coach Nick Pothas and other high profile Coaching and Support Staff during this period while tinkering with team selections by including over 40 players to the National Team during a period of 1 year, which included appointing of 6 Captains to the National Test and ODI teams.

The Sports Minister has been urged to appoint an interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket and streamline the election process.

Sri Lanka Cricket is to hold fresh elections to appoint a new President. Thilanga Sumathipala is contesting for the post.

Letter to Minister of Sports


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