Do you think Sri Lanka Cricket is heading in the right direction?
Imagine the national cricket team being kicked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019! That’s quite impossible you would think for a nation that has won cricket’s most prestigious event once and has reached the finals on two occasions. But with limited automatic qualification for the next World Cup, Sri Lanka will have to earn their slot. Automatic qualification for ALL Full Members of the ICC is a thing of the past. So it’s time to share your opinions about Sri Lanka cricket and it’s future with Sri Lanka live. We make your voice heard.
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Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera had criticised the Sri Lankan team for their lack of fitness after the team failed to reach the semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and Lasith Malinga later compared him to a monkey.
As we learnt through several media reports, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera addressing public forum last week slammed top cricketers as ‘overweight’ and said the team should be sent for military training to improve their fitness.
Replying to the minister’s controversial statement, veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, a highly acclaimed and respected cricketer urged authorities to discuss these issues behind closed doors instead of playing to the gallery.
“Agreed on fitness and all should be at a good level. Discuss things in closed doors. Playing to public galleries is politics,” Jayawardene tweeted.
He adds “If we create a culture when we lose a world event team is disowned and find fault, we will not have players who wants to play with passion“.
Agreed on fitnnes and all should be at a good level..Discuss things in closed doors.Playing to public galleries is politics. https://t.co/k7ds5YciCU
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 22, 2017
Also they will be playing with out freedom and be scared of the outcome.Let’s not do that… let’s be more mature how we conduct our selfs.
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 21, 2017
Minister earlier said “It was very ugly to see our cricketers with pot bellies….I think we should send them to a military camp and train them for six months. Otherwise it’s not going to work,” minister Dayasiri said at a function held at the Ministry of Sports. Jayawardene’s tweets come; a day after Lasith Malinga took a scathing attack on the Minister of Sports for vilifying the cricketers on public.
Sri Lanka’s bowling spearhead, Lasith Malinga responded to the criticism today speaking to Hiru Gossip saying,
“When parrots are on cage, monkeys outside are making noises. Only the parrots know what’s going on inside the cage. Parrots make cage and parrots need cage. When monkeys get in and try to answer (on behalf of the parrots) there could be issues,“.
The Sri Lanka fast bowler faced an investigation on Thursday after he compared the minister a monkey, the AFP reported.
Lasith Malinga has landed himself in a controversy after his comments about Sri Lanka’s sports minister,
Dayasiri Jayasekera said he had ordered an inquiry after Malinga made criticism on him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players following their failure to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals. “He is now under investigation for making statements to the media in breach of his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket (board),” Jayasekera had told AFP.
“In my criticism of the appalling fitness levels of our players, I did not name Malinga, but he has chosen to put the hat on and attack me publicly.” Malinga told a television network the minister knew nothing about cricket. “I don’t care about criticism from those who are simply warming chairs,” he said. “What does a monkey know about a parrot’s nesting hollow? (http://www.dailymirror.lk)
Anyway, seems like, SL cricket is in a big trouble at the moment
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced an interim coaching staff for the national side ahead of their home series against Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka are set host Zimbabwe for a 5-match ODI series and a one-off Test. The ODI series will commence on June 30. The only Test on the tour, which will be played in Colombo, will be first Test for Zimbabwe on Sri Lankan soil after 2001.
Time and again, Sri Lanka Cricket and Board of Sri Lanka Cricket has proved itself unworthy of administering the country’s favourite sport. Also It has proved itself unworthy of all Sri Lanka’s fans, who have tired of the politics, who have been disheartened by losses, who desperately await a reason to fall in love with cricket again.