Gunathilaka irked by ‘media stunts’ of Sanga & Mahela

2019-11-08 at 16:09

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka says Sri Lanka needs the expert knowledge of a number of past players in order to change the fortunes of the national team.

Sri Lanka has been struggling to be consistent in the international scene since the high-profile retirements in 2015, including that of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

During an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Gunathilaka said the national team must undergo systematic changes and emphasised the need for a collective effort.

The 28-year old said, the country cannot expect success only through the appointment of a new coach.

He said, “I think one person can’t do it. You have to involve the right people. For example, if they were willing to, getting Sanga, Mahela, Rangana Herath in would be a major help. But what makes me a little sad is legends like Sanga, Mahela don’t actively involve themselves in our system. They give advice in the media, but I wish they got into the system.”

He was also critical of the constant changes of personnel in the coaching units and the selection of players.

He added “Even in the board, sometimes we felt there is no particular standard being applied. More than 40 players played for Sri Lanka while Sanath Jayasuriya was chief selector.”

Gunathilaka said he will continue to focus on improving his batting skills to become a regular in the national team.