Earth Cup-successful skipper assaults the nation’s sporting activities leaders for agreeing to a tour by a ‘second-level’ India facet.
Sri Lanka’s Planet Cup-successful skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has slammed the island nation’s sports activities leaders for agreeing to a tour by a “second level” India facet.
Ranatunga, 57, on Friday explained the tour undermined the country’s “dignity” as he attacked Athletics Minister Namal Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka Cricket.
India’s crew led by Shikhar Dhawan arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to put together for the 3 a single-working day internationals and a few Twenty20 games that start off July 13.
Top Indian stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant had been famous absentees. All are preparing for a Check series in England up coming thirty day period.
“The Indian squad that came to Sri Lanka is not their ideal, it is a next stage group,” Ranatunga mentioned. “Didn’t our sports activities minister or cricket directors know this?”
“Sri Lanka may possibly have gone down (in the rankings), but as a cricketing country we have an id, we have dignity, we should really not be sending our ideal to engage in an Indian B workforce.”
Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to its 1996 Globe Cup triumph, stated the game’s administration experienced deteriorated and referred to as for a major thoroughly clean-up to boost actively playing expectations and abilities.
He stated authorities experienced not considered the humiliation Sri Lankan gamers would put up with.
In accordance to Ranatunga, cricket leaders regarded only the economical gains.
“The secret guiding agreeing to an Indian B team is Television legal rights,” Ranatunga said. “The board desires to make funds from this match even if it means pitching our players in opposition to a B workforce.”
He explained the lack of willpower confirmed by some Sri Lankan gamers was also because of to weak management.
Vice captain Kusal Mendis, opener Danushka Gunathilaka and wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella have been withdrawn from the current England tour after they violated the COVID-19 bio-protected bubble.