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Sri Lanka perhaps does not have the best of memories playing at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The pictures of Sri Lanka not being able to clinch their second 50-over World Cup 12 years ago, would forever haunt the Sri Lankan fans - that memorable M. S. Dhoni sixer off Nuwan Kulasekara, Yuvraj Singh bursting into tears of joy may have been played on the television thousands of times since then, but one of the standout memories of that final was how then Sri Lanka Captain Kumar Sangakkara would look at all Indian celebrations and still manage a smile. When Sri Lanka lost a famous World Cup Final to a worthy winner in 2011, they could walk off the Stadium with their heads held high.

Fast forward 12 years, what used to be one of the most anticipated cricket rivalries in the world, has become one famous 'David and Goliath.' On Thursday when Sri Lanka were bundled out for 55 runs in chase of 358, senior campaigner Angelo Mathews - arguably playing his last World Cup, was left in tears and one of the bravest cricketing nations, became a laughing stock at the world stage.

So, who should take the responsibility for this monumental failure?

Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe last week, revealed the salaries which are being paid for the coaching staff. According to him, Head Coach Chris Silverwood is being paid a monthly salary of US$ 30000, while the Consultant Coach Mahela Jayawardane collects US$ 20,000. Amid all the embarrassing batting displays of Sri Lanka, Assistant Coach Naveed Nawaz earns US$ 14,000. According to the details provided by the Minister the whole coaching staff is being paid close to 120,000 US$ monthly, and for what?!

With Jayawardane around the team now, Head Coach Silverwood looks like a mere puppet who has very little say on how Sri Lanka plays. However, his continuous blind faith in Dasun Shanaka - a batsman who maintains an ODI average of 22 after 69 ODIs is one of the main reasons why Sri Lanka find themselves in this position. Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu in a recent interview revealed how they, despite being superstars of their generation, feared for their places in the team. Thanks to Silverwood the players now have no fear of failure because they are quite comfortable at failure.

Mahela Jayawardene without any shadow of doubt is the best captain Sri Lanka has had tactically. But Sri Lanka looked well short of any tactics against Afghanistan in their previous game with the bat or ball. Jayawardene, despite getting paid US$ 20,000 doesn't want to be with the teams all the time with his other coaching commitments globally. Even during high profile tournaments such as the World Cup, he doesn't mind taking off for a few days which is disappointing to see from a man who played with a generation of players who had missed the birth of their children because they prioritized representing the nation.

Naveed Nawaz, the Assistant Coach for some reason turns up for almost all the media conferences of the Sri Lanka team and he has passionately defended his players in front of the media. It's interesting to see how he is going to explain the improvements Sri Lanka has made from the Asia Cup Final to World Cup clash with Sri Lanka moving from 50 all-out to 55 all-out. So much for someone who is being paid US$ 14,000 a month.

On the other hand, the Sri Lanka national selectors should also take the responsibility for this debacle. Promodya Wickramasinghe looks like a man who needs more than one spectacle because he has certainly got no vision. This selector for some reason thought it was a nice idea to let Dhananjaya de Silva - a tailormade Test cricketer, bat at number six in these flat wickets in India. It was an absolute laughable decision given that teams like India (Hardik Pandya/ Surya Kumar Yadav), South Africa (David Miller), Australia (Glenn Maxwell), New Zealand (Glenn Phillips) have their big hitters at that position to kill the game off - Dhananjaya at six, kills the team off.

The national selectors have made a series of embarrassing mistakes and are one of the main reasons for this shocking World Cup campaign.

One would wonder how cricket is being allowed to run in this manner especially in a country where cricket is not just a game but nearly a religion. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is not a sports organisation anymore, it's now a business. Whenever, the President Shammi Silva is questioned about something, his go-to response would be to discuss the financial gains of SLC. Before the arrival of Shammi’s was an era where the cricket board failed to pay the salaries of the national players for long periods but it's during that era Sri Lanka played in four World Cup finals - winning one, because by then the priority was the quality of cricket, and not the amount of money being generated. (Harsha Amarasinghe)

  Comments - 76

  • Man Friday, 03 November 2023 01:27 PM

    SLC is totally responsible with abundance of franchise of Elle tournaments, merely for making money for their benefits. So, the relevant constitution must be amended first to address the issue.

    Ama Friday, 03 November 2023 01:28 PM

    All rascals are making money like MR. Sack them them ALL. Send Mahela home.

    Dharma Friday, 03 November 2023 01:31 PM

    It is disappointing and sad to see how the quality of our ODI cricket has suffered .After the failure there are many to criticize the Selectors, coaches, SLC administration and so on. I hope the Minister of sports would look into the mess and convene a meeting with stakeholders.

    nothingtosay Friday, 03 November 2023 01:38 PM

    USD 120k a month and we have are getting ripped from top to toe from taxes to pay these donkeys!!! Well it's definitely a cursed nation I believe that now!!! Keep blowing your trumpets while the country is been robbed by these goons

    Jonny Friday, 03 November 2023 01:39 PM

    If Mahela has any shame left with him the resignation letter must be given today!!!! Period !

    Ram Friday, 03 November 2023 01:39 PM

    Don't sack them. Next time send a few from the Cricket Board and then things will happen with deals galore!

    Citizen Friday, 03 November 2023 01:42 PM

    Absolutely spot on... Sack the entire coaching contingent... Dissolve the SLC board and get a fresh minded people who will work towards the betterment of true sportsmanship. Enough is enough.. Blady dirty politics is running in their blood

    Citizen k Friday, 03 November 2023 01:58 PM

    You hit the nail on the head.

    Bandu Friday, 03 November 2023 01:58 PM

    True we fared badly, Madushanka did well to take 5 wickets. Then read Andrew Fidel in Cricinfo to realise the unimaginable bowling of the Indian bowling trio of Shami Bumrah and Siraj - they would have tested the very best of any team. They may not do such a performance again.

    Mohamed Sinnen Friday, 03 November 2023 07:56 PM

    The Sri Lankan batsman had no clue on facing the bowling conditions present yesterday. Simple knowledge of the game would advise one way of negating swing. Bat outside the crease. Allow less time for ball to swing. Not sure any of those getting paid 120,000 gave this minimum advise. I am not even a cricketer.....

    Steve Friday, 03 November 2023 01:58 PM

    No one will get sacked because all of them including politicians are on the "gravy train"

    Fred Friday, 03 November 2023 02:05 PM

    The country, and cricket it's all in the same basket, in shambles. Can't Buy Dedication..You either have it or you don't. If they are not dedicated don't hire them however talented they might be

    Anthony Friday, 03 November 2023 02:09 PM

    Very well written article and well balanced. Enough is enough. The entire coaching staff should be sacked. The entire lot of selectors should be sacked. The board at SLC should be sacked. They article clearly explains all details. If all these guys have an iota of shame, they will resign and not just make excuses. GUYS - We love cricket and we do not mind losing. But playing like sissies.......something is really wrong

    Act fast Friday, 03 November 2023 02:15 PM

    Sacking the board despite ICC sanctions is the only way like did for football

    Curious Friday, 03 November 2023 02:34 PM

    Sacking isn't sufficient. Ask for the refund of money paid for no work.

    Ignatius Rasiah Friday, 03 November 2023 02:35 PM

    I almost cried. I could not watch the full match. I was so angry. A school team would have played better. .

    Mk Friday, 03 November 2023 02:45 PM

    MADU 5 wickets BUT GIVE AWAY 80 runs. HOW IT WILL HELP?? Mathew’s 3 overs 11 runs. If he bowl 10 overs only 37 runs only( as per 11/3).

    A deeply upset cricket lover. Friday, 03 November 2023 02:45 PM

    The sacking of merely coaching staff and selectors will not solve this problem. The President and Minister of Sports MUST get together and sack all the executives of SLC who have been destroying cricket in Sri Lanka. If the existing laws to do that are inadequate, get the Parliament to enact new laws

    Priyan66 Friday, 03 November 2023 02:46 PM

    Sack them off for wasting our time, money and betray the country. Shame

    Lanka putha Friday, 03 November 2023 02:47 PM

    You win some loose sum. It was not our day. India played better. It is so sad we lost like this. This what happens when politicians and politics get involved in sports. There are so many talented young people in our country in every sports and beyond. First thing is politicians keep out your nose from it. Look what happened to West indies. Other countries are too getting serious about this sports.

    Sena Friday, 03 November 2023 02:48 PM

    The current team including the touring administrators are more interested in the seedy nightlife than playing cricket for their country. They should be replaced immediately with young talent from the rural areas should they fail to perform.

    DJ Friday, 03 November 2023 02:49 PM

    Sack them all from top to bottom. The board first. They are only there to make Money for them self's.

    Ron hardy Friday, 03 November 2023 02:50 PM

    What was said pretty much the truth .toomany interference influence

    Ishan R Friday, 03 November 2023 02:55 PM

    Mahela should give his consultations free of charge for his country. They have made so much money from the game and it’s so unethical and sick to get paid rather avail himself to improve the game free of charge. Sick money minded buggers

    OGod Friday, 03 November 2023 02:57 PM

    Well written article. There is no tactics, no innovation, no ideas how to play the game. Shame on you coaching staff. Apart from madushanka, no bowler can bowl a good delivery, very very poor. They don’t know how to bowl a full delivery, a Yorker . My goodness, what happened to SLC , all jokers , muppets and puppets

    Jayantha Friday, 03 November 2023 03:00 PM

    Well said. Kickout shammi, mahela and promodaya first. Then get rid of the rest as they are all puppets of above trio. What is the point in paying a joker like mahela usd20000 when players are not scoring. What is the point in paying nawaz when batting keeps on failing. Probably mahela is nicely taking 20k cut from head coach and enjoying without doing anything. Minister should sack the slc. Using the parliment pass laws preventing non cricketers from taking top posts in slc. Bring a good aussie coach and then build the team around players like Nissanak,Sadeera,Theekshana and Madushanka. Look for talented players specially from village level. Avoid anyone coming from major schools as they are like babies with lot of injuries.

    Onlooker Friday, 03 November 2023 03:04 PM

    ICC hand in glove with SLC. That is why they safeguard SLC in spite of all the rackets.

    Sivakumar Friday, 03 November 2023 03:12 PM

    They have done it before and they will do it again.

    Fred Friday, 03 November 2023 03:15 PM

    Cricket is acting like a spoilt child in SL.Too much money too much attention.Give some of that money to other sports and support them . Other team sports like soccer volleyball basketball to help them to develop just like the cricket Plenty of money in those sports if they can do well. And more countries play these sports. Even baseball which is similar to cricket ,the skills

    Francis Kurukulasuriya Friday, 03 November 2023 03:33 PM

    Cricket is a God given game not only for gentlemen, but for the whole wide world so that it can make everyone a honorable, respectable gentleman! India has the largest network of punters in the game of cricket. Money makes people talk and work. It is the positive side, and in the negative it makes influential people speechless. Cricket was originated in England, but now owned by India alone. No other country is capable of owning the game under the present system. Only GOD can rescue this magical game!

    RF Friday, 03 November 2023 03:34 PM

    I suppose this guy wrote this article as soon as we lost the game... Too may emotions playing around..

    Konnie Friday, 03 November 2023 03:44 PM

    Pramodya Wickramasinghe as a selector is a bloody joke. This is a guy who was hit for at least one boundary or a six in each over he bowled throughout his entire career!

    N V Jen Friday, 03 November 2023 03:51 PM

    Very well exposed the board, the coaches , selectors and the spineless team. Yes they all have to be axed, while the long awaited changes for conducting Cricket Board elections should be implemented with immediate effect.

    Upali Friday, 03 November 2023 04:04 PM

    @ Harsha, going through your article you one wonders whether you are Angelo Mathews Manager. You mentioned that Angelo Mathews was left in tears for the defeat. If one watched the match on TV

    Sinnadurai sivanesan Friday, 03 November 2023 04:07 PM

    Hereafter select young and skilled cricketers for sri lanka team from all over Sri lanka.The practise of selecting players from south only should be abolished.every citizen should be given equal chances.

    Weeping Cricket Fan Friday, 03 November 2023 04:11 PM

    Can't believe these jokers being paid 20,000 and 14,000 per month in US Dollars and not in SL Rupees. Don't they have that something called Shame to be collecting so much and delivering so little. Sri Lanka has hit rock bottom in Cricket. It is similar to what the Rajapaksas have done to Sri Lanka,

    Spanner from Sagala Friday, 03 November 2023 04:12 PM

    Minister said at Hiru, Sagala supports the SLC preventing the sacking of the board. Come on Ranil do at least one good thing by sacking the SLC.

    Next World cup to be played on the moon Friday, 03 November 2023 04:15 PM

    Talk is cheap they say. SL is paying the price for talking and not delivering the goods. Talk more and we may be invited to send a team to the moon!

    june macapagal Friday, 03 November 2023 04:37 PM

    First the Minister of Sports should be sacked and sent home immediately. He is a total write off then the others will at least have the fear.

    Tariq Friday, 03 November 2023 04:39 PM

    Why not give prominence to international schools or Tamil people. That is to dominate there own cartel. They want to pick from there own cartel. Mentors who taught Mahela and Roshan are people like Nelson Mendis who are from the STONE AGE.

    Indianization in disguise Friday, 03 November 2023 04:42 PM

    Keep Silverwood

    Adam Friday, 03 November 2023 04:44 PM

    The Sports minister should sack the complete corrupt SLC cricket board. Most shameful performance by these cricket team. Change needs to come from the top starting from Chairman of the cricket board to all district level organisation if cricket needs to be competitive to international standard. There are also cricket talents in the private schools which should be allowed to compete in the inter school competition. Most Pakistan cricket talents are picked up from the street cricket. Our country dont give a fare chance to good talent.

    Cineha Friday, 03 November 2023 04:55 PM

    You have to expect these things to happen when our players and coaches get associated with IPL it's obvious.

    Odo Ital Friday, 03 November 2023 04:56 PM

    This so-called article and most of the responses and reactions since the match have been exceptionally stupid. No one is willing to countenance the possibility that SL's cricket is now at a level little better than that of a good Associate, which is obviously the Board's long-term fault. And absolutely no one is willing to recognize that India is now simply in another universe in terms of quality. Reality check: India could field at least three international-level teams in all three formats. SL can barely field one. Wish to assign blame? Blame this nation's fundamentally corrupt, incompetent, ignorant culture. The only reason SL was any good twenty years ago was freak talent. But to build on and sustain that success? That takes commitment, dedication, professionalism, ethics, etc., i.e., the right culture, from the roots up and across the country. Newsflash: As a nation, SL isn't capable of that.

    Right Culture Saturday, 04 November 2023 11:27 AM

    Agree with last part of you comment 100% " That takes commitment.... RIGHT CULTURE.. isn't capable of that..".

    Joseph Friday, 03 November 2023 05:12 PM

    Get rid of mahela immediatelea man who is involed earning lot of dollars not only SriLanka but outside our country. Pls kick him out.

    Francis Friday, 03 November 2023 05:18 PM

    Sack not only the coaching staff but also the entire team/ players. They looked yesterday tired on the field which appeared that they would have gone to night clubs the previous night. No mercy to be shown to these useless guys and do not play cricket for next 3-5 years. Get boys from leading schools all over the island not only from Moratuwa and have a real national team, train them and gradually expose them for matches. We are fed of hearing names like Mendis, Dhanushka, bla bla. Sack also shameless board reconstitute with honest professionals . This is a very good opportunity and take advantage and give a team that we can rely on. Sack also Mahela with that kind of money he should always been with the team and not at airports. Thank you

    Kumar Soysa Friday, 03 November 2023 05:19 PM

    This sad ‘perahara’ will go on, thanks to Sri Lanka’s biggest malady, namely CORRUPTION But we really wish our looser captain will desist from pouring high praises of his opponent team!! This is so utterly ridiculous.

    Lalith K. Friday, 03 November 2023 05:20 PM

    The outcomes of certain Cricket matches are determined by Bookies in Dubai who rake in thousands of crores. They have good 'contacts' everywhere. In a country where there's no freedom for doing investigative journalism its misery everywhere.

    Nimal Friday, 03 November 2023 05:22 PM

    First give the boot to Pramodya. Most useless person in SLC.

    ghostlanka Friday, 03 November 2023 05:23 PM


    King Mihiraj Friday, 03 November 2023 05:24 PM

    ICC had already issued warning to SLC due to the "dispute" between cricket board and the minister. On that note, I am not sure who will or can sack them ! Can some one explain please.

    Hapugedara Friday, 03 November 2023 05:30 PM

    From day one it was quite clear that the team was not interested in playing serious cricket. It looks like some top guy who has other interests was pulling the strings. Why not your Paper do an investigation a la Tehelka in the interest of the nation?

    Tuan L. Shaideen Friday, 03 November 2023 05:33 PM

    Beautiful article. So shame about the coaching staff, selectors, the cricket board and some of the players too, for the pathetic display shown during the current CWC23 championship. The present system needs a thorough shake up with a fresh set of new faces which will be more desirable.

    I think it would be easier to bell a cat Saturday, 04 November 2023 11:06 AM

    Totally agree. But from where will you find the fresh set of new faces? From the 22 million of the same calibre? Import from China, India, IMF etc. I think it would be easier to bell a cat.

    Atikukula Friday, 03 November 2023 05:35 PM

    And there will be a bunch of fools at the airport to receive the team. Sri Lanka is such miserable country where nobody is accountable, answerable and responsible for their acts of omission.

    cricket fan Friday, 03 November 2023 05:36 PM

    It is a sad day for Sri Lanka cricket. it is not why we lost or how we lost but the way we lost the game being completely dominated and thrashed by our neighbour india in front of thousands of cricket fans all over the world. It really hurts and i wonder how long it is going to take to recover from this ignomiiny one of the worst defeats in Sri Lanka's long cricketing history in tatters.

    roni Friday, 03 November 2023 05:39 PM

    Our Selectors are like children playing musical chairs. These same jokers replace one another. when they want, they take a break and then may a comeback. De Mel how many years has he been at the helm with breaks in-between, Promodaya long runup bowler no value then and now. Kalu just because of 96 heroics. Learn from our big neighbor the turnover of their selectors. Coach Mahela had his stars aligned when at Mumbai Indians as there is nothing to teach and coach seasoned players. With Mahela around Silverwood is DEADWOOD earning 30k USD a month similar to a revolving lottery. A performance-based culture must be introduced with deductions for poor and additions for excellent. World cup participation fee should be held in suspense and only monthly fee to be paid off. Like Zimbabwe we should take a 2-year break from international cricket fix our issues and then reapply for full status.

    there is nothing to teach and coach seasoned player Saturday, 04 November 2023 11:01 AM

    Very well said. I have posted my own comment on similar lines ie., performance based remuneration. Also "there is nothing to teach and coach seasoned player"; I had previously communicated about it too. Someone like Mathew, after about 15 years of International cricket (previously scoll cricket) under several coaches, what's new for him to learn. Same goes for Dimuth, Dhananyaya, 2 Kusals. I can't simply fathom. Even if there is something new doubts it's worth $30k $20k = $59k per month. Ridiculous.

    Third Man Friday, 03 November 2023 05:45 PM

    According to Arjuna, this SL Cricket Team is better than the 1996 World Cup-winning team. No wonder Pramodya who was a member of the 1996 SL team is the Chief Selector of the current SL team. So according to Arjuna, 1996 team which included cricketers of the calibre Sanath, Murali, Arjuna, Aravinda, Gurusinghe, Mahanama, Vaas, etc is worse than the current SL team which lost twice to India scoring 51 and 55 and lost to Afghanistan. Arjuna; Are you out of your mind or trying to suck up to SLC?

    Disappointed Cricket Fan Friday, 03 November 2023 05:53 PM

    President and Minister of Sports; Act now. Dissolve SLC. You cannot allow SLC to destroy SL cricket anymore. Losing a match is OK. But not getting all out for 50 runs.

    SJB and SLPP the real problem in cricket Saturday, 04 November 2023 03:08 AM

    Dissolving SLC by Parliament should result in Sri Lanka being expelled from International cricket. Parliament and parties like SJB and SLPP should keep out of cricket, and already they are failures for improving lives of people in the country, so they should not try to steal the ICC and TV rights money that SLC are getting.

    Lal Friday, 03 November 2023 06:08 PM


    Danny Friday, 03 November 2023 06:26 PM

    Till we run with current SLC board members no future for the cricket. They spend money as their own . At times they donate to some good causes just to show good will are they supposed to do such acts .

    Don Friday, 03 November 2023 06:27 PM

    Why you need a Cricket Board. Close it completely. Use the money for Education.

    Mohamed Shifan Friday, 03 November 2023 07:00 PM

    The current sri lankan team and the cricketing body itself is a big joke , no sense of patriotism and hunger for win ( leave aside the preparation and responsibility) they are good at running down people, mingling with prostitutes, wasting funds and demanding big bucks whereas they cant even run behind the cricketing ball properly. The boards is with full of jokers and clowns who have no sense of cricket administration or playing for that matter, Get Rid of all these clows start with the under 19 team. Useless fellows

    Navi Friday, 03 November 2023 07:07 PM

    A serious Audit of accounts needed. Then, Kick out all of them from SLC. Consult Anil Kumble to see whether he could takeover the coaching Kumble is a No Nonsense person and a good strategist..

    Ramesh Friday, 03 November 2023 07:22 PM

    The have improved. In Asia Cup, they scored 50 and this match they scored 55. Great

    KD Friday, 03 November 2023 07:35 PM

    Such a poorly written tabloid hit piece kind of article. Not surprising given who the Editor in Chief is....Not much to do with coaching staff, reflective of current low quality of talent and dedication in the country.

    Sri Bhaskara Friday, 03 November 2023 08:50 PM

    Although, Lanka played badly we need to remember that the billion plus India now is affluent enough to get the best meritorious talent from all over. Check out their recent progress, just in the last five years, in badminton, field hockey, javelin, Table Tennis, archery, football, athletics etc etc etc. They will only just keep getting better and better at every sport, individual or team, and more and more ruthless given the virtually unlimited resources at their disposal, just like American, Chinese or other bigger nations. We are just seeing a small snapshot today of where they will be in the future.

    Anonymous Friday, 03 November 2023 10:08 PM

    Why only these guys.. Entire cricket board should be sent home.....

    Moh Sleiman Saturday, 04 November 2023 05:48 AM

    Well sack the entire Cricket Board,But Please dont bring ARJUNA RANATHUNGA,Mahela back as we will never see SRI LANKA back to Glory days,Mr MINISTER there are plenty of QUALIFIED Cricketers who work very Sincerely.These are thieves they will never change,Like the Bloody RAJAPAKSHAS.

    Man Saturday, 04 November 2023 07:10 AM

    @roni; SL do not have to have an international cricket break like Zimbabwe. Because, experience for the players, too, matters.

    Cricket is more of a business than a sport. Saturday, 04 November 2023 10:42 AM

    I strongly believe the remuneration for players, coaches, consultants and administrator should be performance based. They should be paid a nominal fixed based salary. The rest should be based on what they deliver as individuals and as a group. Of course for outstanding individual performances there could be bonuses. It may sound complex but not impossible to achieve. We don't need to replicate everything from cricket bodies elsewhere. Cricket is more of a business than a sport.

    Poorly Performing teams Saturday, 04 November 2023 10:46 AM

    Two poorly performing teams in the tournament SL and Ban involves Sri Lankans. Ban has two coaches from SL. LOL

    Conundrum Saturday, 04 November 2023 11:40 AM

    The only thing that can make SL fand happy will be a total change. But the happiness will be momentarily as they will be worried not knowing who will replaces the current lot from an identical population. Conundrum

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