Sri Lankan cricket has been in trouble for a long time, and the situation does not appear to be going away with time. Whereas the national squad hasn’t had much luck in recent years, the implementation of a new ranking system has made matters worse. Players are given contracts based on overall fitness, experience, and performance in domestic and international cricket under the revised point-based grading system.
Sri Lankan players Retirement
Several prominent Sri Lankan cricketers, notably Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews, have voiced their concerns about the current contract arrangement. Those well-experienced players even have offered to resign from the board of directors, according to reports.
Although none of these players made such a statement, left-arm bowler Isuru Udana stunned everyone by declaring his retirement from international cricket after the T20I series versus India finished.
Interestingly, Udana is only 33 years old and has plenty of cricket left before him. As a result, many people feel that the new method might be the reason for his choice to retire. , According to reports, another prominent Sri Lanka fast bowler is expected to retire before the series versus South Africa.
Retirement of any one of them would be a huge setback for SLC
According to the source, one of the 3-players who received a one-year suspension from SLC for disciplinary violations on their last England visit is also going to retire from international cricket and move to the United States.
Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, as well as Danushka Gunathilaka were the 3 players have found guilty of violating the bio-secure bubble during the England tour, for the unfamiliar.
For a long time, these 3 cricketers have been essential members of the national squad. As a result, the retirement of any one of them would be a huge setback for SLC. Despite all of this, the Sri Lankan side just had a significant reason to rejoice.
In the T20I series, they overcame Team India 2-1, despite having a weakened lineup. This is a significant boost for them before with this year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. Further clash for Sri Lanka is a home white-ball series versus South Africa.
The tour begins on September 2 and will include 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. The hosts would love to continue their undefeated streak, but defeating SA would be difficult.