Kumar Sangakkara to be part of advisory committee appointed by Sri Lankan sports Minister
Sri Lanka cricket is in turmoil and needs a severe shake-up.
Published - Sep 29, 2017 11:30 pm | Updated - Sep 29, 2017 11:30 pm
The former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has given his consent to join the advisory committee appointed by the Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. The committee will work and advise the board regarding uplifting the standards of Sri Lanka cricket. The decision has been taken in the wake of the turmoil they are going through in International cricket. The minister has also shown willingness to invite Mahela Jayawardene to join the committee.
Jayasekara came to the conclusion of forming the committee after studying all the facts and suggestions at the recently held workshop. It is also being reported that Hemaka Amarasuriya who was a former President of a Sri Lanka Cricket’s Interim Committee has been named the Chairman of this special advisory committee. The other members are former captains of the country Anura Tennakoon and Aravinda de Silva.
Sri Lanka Cricket in trouble
The quality of cricket in the 1996 World Cup winning country has gone down considerably post the retirement of the stalwarts like Jayawardene and Sangakkara. The team has been struggling overseas but the main concern started in July this year when they lost the ODI series against Zimbabwe at home. The losing streak continued as India clean slated the hosts in all the 9 matches across formats.
The horrible performances took the toll on selectors as well as the committee led by Sanath Jayasuriya resigned with immediate effect after the series against the Men in Blue. There was also the news of match-fixing at the domestic level which led to the ban on of the renowned cricketers Chamara Silva. However, the team from island nation is currently trying hard to regain the lost pride in UAE against Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series.
Dinesh Chandimal has scored a magnificent century and has led from the front so far in the first innings after they opted to bat first. He is looking good for a double hundred which could well see the visitors rack up 500 on a turning pitch in Abu Dhabi.