Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has turned down Sri Lanka Cricket for agreeing to host a “two-tailed Indian team” in a white ball series later this month.
India and Sri Lanka will take part in three one-day matches and as many T20 international participants this month. With India’s biggest stars in England for an upcoming Test series, the team here is led by opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and he has half a dozen players without a hood.
“It’s a two-string Indian team and they come here is an insult to our cricket. I blame the current government for agreeing to play with them because of television marketing needs,” said Ranatunga, a government minister until two years ago. , told reporters at his residence.
“India sent their best team to England and sent a weaker team to play here. I blame our advice for that,” added the legendary batsman who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup title.
The visiting team has just completed its mandatory quarantine and will play against the home team in the first ODI on 13 July. India’s national cricket academy head and former captain Rahul Dravid is the head coach for the tour.
Ranatunga also spoke about the current weak run of the Lankan team in the international arena.
Sri Lanka lost its fifth T20 series in a row it went down 3-0 to England last month. It was also forced to send three senior players back from the ongoing tour to England for violating the protocol against bio-bubbles.
Ranatunga said that the lack of discipline was also the fault of the administration and that he did not allow any misconduct when he was at the helm.
He demands that the local government be revamped and calls for the appointment of an interim committee to manage SLC. Only in mid-May was the current SLC administration elected.
Ranatunga was the head of an interim committee appointed politically in 2007-08.