Sri Lanka facing a shortage of talented players?

2019-02-05 at 17:27

World Record holder Muttiah Muralitharan has attributed Sri Lanka cricket’s recent disappointing run to the shortage of talented and capable players coming through the junior ranks.

Muralitharan is of the opinion that Sri Lanka was blessed to have world-class cricketers in the past 50 years, but since the level of school cricket has dropped in the past decade, it has not produced the same breed of players.

As Sri Lanka surrendered the Tests to Australia, veteran spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan said he was disappointed with the performances by seasoned cricketers.

In an interview with Cricket Next Muralitharan added inconsistent performances from the youngsters had been the difference between both teams.

He said, as players like Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva failed to deliver on a regular basis; Sri Lanka cricket seems to go nowhere.

The highest Test wicket taker in Tests, Muralitharan said the youngsters failed to hit a purple patch adding the pressure falls on the other batsmen, which resulted in a disastrous run.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to leave for South Africa later this week to play two Tests, 5 ODIs and two Twenty20 games in South Africa.

The opening Test match of the series is scheduled to be worked off in Durban from the 13th.