2019 WC a huge challenge for Sri Lanka- Arjuna
2019-01-14 at 16:55
Former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga says the national team has a group of talented players, and stressed that it will be a huge challenge for Sri Lanka to win its second Cricket World Cup in England and Wales later this year.
Sri Lanka last won the World Cup in 1996 under Arjuna Ranatunga’s captaincy and barring the 2014 World Twenty20, the island nation has been deprived of global success despite producing some star players.
The national team also endured a difficult period following the international retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.
Meanwhile, during the recent tour of New Zealand, Sri Lanka was whitewashed 3-0 by the hosts.
The national team-led by Lasith Malinga is scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom in May this year to take on nine other nations in a bid to win its second World ODI crown.
However speaking to media in Colombo, Minister Ranatunga said with the prevailing chilly conditions and an inexperienced line-up, the national team will struggle to repeat its 1996 success.
He said a combination of administrative blunders and short-sighted decisions have destroyed cricket in Sri Lanka. Minister Ranatunga added corruption has become a menace within Sri Lanka Cricket.
He said cricket in Sri Lanka was destroyed during the last four years adding that, future SLC office bearers must rid the game of corruption.
Minister Arjuna Ranatunga also urged the Minister of Sports to launch a comprehensive investigation into all corruption allegations including match-fixing claims within the national cricket team.