While admitting that the Sri Lanka Cricket Team is in its lowest ebb in mental and physical toughness and technical abilities, Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara today said that this was the best possible team available at the moment.
Addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing, Minister Jayasekara said he has called reports from the physiotherapist, coach, doctor, bowling and fielding coaches to have an idea as to what and where it went wrong to suffer the most humiliating defeat in the history of Sri Lankan cricket at the hands of India in the recently concluded Test series.
“We must help the team. If anyone can propose a team or a cricketer better than those in the current Test Cricket Team please go ahead. I have no hesitation to bring him to the National Team if anyone can name a better bowler or a batsman. However, I don’t want to intervene in team selection or other affairs of cricket than necessary because the media will target me even for that,” Minister Jayasekara added.
Minister Jayasekara said he had a two hour discussion with the team and administration on Tuesday and will individually speak with the cricketers after the ODI series is concluded.
“I am not in a position to dissolve the Cricket Board only because our National Cricket Team gets a bashing from India. I can’t also appoint an Interim Committee as suggested by Minister Arjuna Ranatunga because it is not the correct thing to do. Don’t forget that Mr. Ranarunga was beaten at the last Cricket Board Elections,” Minister Jayasekara said.
Minister Jayasekara said all past senior cricketers and captains have given a pledge to him that they would provide their fullest support and cooperation to rebuild the Sri Lanka Test, ODI and T20 Teams into a winning combination. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
talk is big.work is zero.just shut up and think where to jump again. via DM Android App
ranmala Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:07 AM
If you cannot send them packing home masses better find someone who can do that
Eonnie Bugger Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:13 AM
Not in a position to dissolve in not good enough. Resign as Sports Minister and dissolution will automatically occur.
mnsmart Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:15 AM
Which sport in Sri Lanka doing well now?
ANTON Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:13 AM
MUSICAL CHAIRS AND TUG OF WAR I SUPPOSE.
BUSHEL Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:54 AM
HOW ABOUT RESIGNING WITH DIGNITY AND SHOUT OH I HAVE SET AND EXAMPLE...AND RETURN ON A LATER DAY
ANTON Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:02 AM
MAJORITY OF OUR PLAYERS ARE NEWCOMERS , YOUNGSTERS AND INEXPERIENCED, LET THEM FACE WORLD CLASS CRICKETERS LIKE ASWIN AND VIRAT COLI FOR SOME TIME LIKE THE WAY ONE TIME MIGHTY WINDIES DID. ......... " TIME IS THE BEST SOLUTION FOR ALMOST ALL THE PROBLEMS"
shammi Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:16 AM
Shammi - Mr. Minister How come that you dissolved the Amateur Boxing Association of Sri Lanka for a small thing of forwarding the final audited accounts late and the SLC officials from top to bottom are involved in corruptions. Is that not enough for you take action so please go in front of a mirror and see yourself and ask the question whether you are telling the correct thing. It's absurd talking of Arjuna Ranatunga having lost the SLC elections and what have you to say of club cricket match fixing of which the inquiry is yet dragging. The present SLC officials were elected to some genuine work but alas that's not happening, we can only see corruption all around which unfortunately is being sanctioned by you. Be straight in what you say and not hoodwink the public, And you too have elected by the people to do a honest job but unfortunately that is not happening. Please see that cricket or any sport is not ruined in Sri Lanka for that be straight and honest.
nick Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:27 AM
lets be honest even ur performance is below par so if we have to sack all all the under performance 99.9% will be out of parliament via DM Android App
Dam Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:33 AM
Why not? These corrupt jokers are think or plan in a selfish manner. From the other side our game is going down the drain. If there are strong speculations about Gura's conduct and management system, get rid of him. Is he important or the game is important
GOOGLY Friday, 18 August 2017 09:32 AM
In my view, Minister has done the right thing by seeking advice from past cricketers and other staff. My recommendation is for a subcommittee to be appointed to consider the feedback and an action plan be prepared to implement recommendations in moving forward.Advice should be sought from other countries such as Australia and NZ and develop team dynamics, leadership skills, psychological aspects of cricket.
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