Players under enough pressure-Hathurusingha

2019-02-12 at 12:48

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha says the ICC fixing allegations, the change in Selectors in November and the leadership changes have all had an impact on team and has also led to distractions.

In an interview with Cricinfo, Hathurusingha said all such aspects created uncertainty with the continuity changing.

He said “Everything happened in public. And then what happened to the players? There’s enough pressure on the players in the middle for them to concentrate on. Suddenly the players have nowhere to turn. They don’t know whom to trust or whose instructions to take. It’s human nature to just start looking after your own interests in that kind of environment”.

Sri Lanka has not won a match since October and will begin their campaign against South Africa tomorrow in the 1st Test.

Commenting on the team’s performance Coach Hathurusingha said Sri Lanka has improved from 2017 to 2018, when considering the stats it highlighted a 18-20% improvement.

He said when he started, his presentations to Sri Lanka Cricket, they were about giving players a certain number of games by the time the World Cup comes.

When questioned on him being removed as an on-tour selector, Hathurusingha said “It’s beyond my control. The board entrusted me with the selector-on-tour duties. That’s been taken away – they must have a reason. They way it was taken away is a bit questionable. It happened in the middle of a series. My disappointment is the way that happened – without much communication”.