Sri Lanka government set up crisis panel to arrest cricket's rapid decline in the country

Alarmed by the Sri Lanka team's rapid decline in recent times, the government is setting up a crisis panel to address the concerns plaguing the former world champions.

PTI, Aug,23 2017

Colombo: Alarmed by the Sri Lankan cricket team's rapid decline in recent times, the government is setting up a crisis panel to address the concerns plaguing the former world champions.

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said on Wednesday he is to set up a special four-member panel consisting of senior officials who would convene a seminar within the next fortnight to look into the poor performance.

Sri Lanka have lost all the matches in their ongoing series agaisnt India. AP

Sri Lanka have lost all the matches of the ongoing series agaisnt India. AP

Sri Lanka's national team is having a bad run since 2014, with the retirement of greats such as Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

They have lost their number one ranking in T20 while sliding badly in the Test and ODI tables.

This panel would involve former players, captains, former selectors, coaches, international experts, provincial cricket organisations and media.

They would discuss the poor showing by the national team and look to identify the problem areas, Jayasekera told reporters.

Since 2014, Sri Lanka lost home series twice to India, including the recent 0-3 Test whitewash in addition to defeats against Pakistan, Zimbabwe in the ODIs and the first-ever Test loss to Bangladesh.

Most recently, a section of the crowd unleashed its anger on the players after the team's nine-wicket thrashing by India in the first ODI, chanting 'no to politics, give us our cricket back'.

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) management has come under fire for interference in team selections.

Published Date: Aug 23, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 23, 2017




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2345 123
3 India 3385 121
4 New Zealand 2878 120
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112