Dec 31, 2020

Mickey Arthur blamed for Test match loss Featured

Critics say head coach Mickey Arthur should be held accountable for Sri Lanka's massive defeat by South Africa at the first Test match held at the Centurion.

Sri Lanka was defeated by an innings and 45 runs as a string of injuries also hit the Sri Lankan camp.

Mickey Arthur came onboard as the head coach of the team after Chandika Hathurusinghe's departure and this was the first Test match after he was hired. However, many question as to what he had been doing for several months since being employed.

The South African series was organised in a backdrop where several other tournaments were cancelled. However, critics charge that instead of preparing for the tournament, Mickey Arthur had been allowed to work as a Sony TV commentator during the LPL tournament in Hambantota just ahead of this series. They add that despite him being paid a monthly salary as team coach, cricket administrators had allowed him to work as a commentator for an additional source of income while he had neglected his chief duty.

While Mickey was engaged as a commentator in Hambantota, several national pool players such as captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who did not take part in the LPL tournament, had undergone practice sessions in Colombo before the South African tour. Mickey had flown straight to South Africa from Hambantota after his commentator stint.

Also, doubts have been raised on how the team was selected without a selection committee.

More injuries 

Meanwhile, speaking to 'Sri Lanka Mirror', a former cricketer said that present players also focus less on their fitness levels.

"Our players are usually less focused on their fitness. There are also issues in the conduct of our physiotherapists. Many do not have a high level of knowledge. Some give false reports on injuries as per the wants of the players themselves. The players return their favours later. In the past, this many injuries did not take place. Now, they have cramps even if they go for two runs or bowl two overs," the ex-cricketer added.