Aug 03, 2017

I don’t watch SL national team anymore - Arjuna

Calling the manner in which the game in managed in the country as “disgusting”, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has said the has stopped following the national team.

“Sri Lanka Cricket and the manner in which it is being administered and managed is so disgusting that I don’t watch our national cricket anymore,” Ranatunga was quoted as saying by a local news outlet ‘Ceylon Today’.

Ranatunga said that he is not watching the Sri Lanka’s ongoing home series against India. The second of the series begins on Thursday in Colombo. Sri Lanka lost the first Test by 304 runs, their second biggest defeat at home.

The former Sri Lanka captain has played 93 Tests for his country and scored 5105 runs. He has also represented Sri Lanka in 269 one-day internationals and made 7456 runs. Ranatunga, who captained Sri Lanka to their only World Cup title win in 1996, said he preferred watching the ongoing England-South Africa four-match Test series which England lead 2-1.

Earlier, Sri Lanka lost the five-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe 3-2. This was Sri Lanka’s first ever defeat to Zimbabwe in any format of the game.

Ranatunga also said he would be asking for the reinstatement of the Interim Committee to manage the country’s cricket board. He will write to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the same request.