Former World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga slams Sri Lanka Cricket for hiring ‘rubbish’ overseas coaches

Former World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga slams Sri Lanka Cricket for hiring ‘rubbish’ overseas coaches

Colombo: Former World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga slammed Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday, accusing it of hiring “rubbish” overseas coaches whereas ignoring native expertise.

Sri Lanka gained the World Cup as soon as — in 1996 — and had been runners-up to Australia and India in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

File image of Arjuna Ranatunga. AFP

File picture of Arjuna Ranatunga. AFP

In the newest match in 2019, they didn’t make it out of the group phases.

“We spend enormous quantities to import rubbish coaches,” Ranatunga mentioned, including that the overseas imports had been partly answerable for the low rating of the nationwide group in all codecs of the sport.

“There’s good (teaching) expertise within the nation, however they’re going overseas as a result of there isn’t any recognition for them at residence.”

Ranatunga mentioned former nationwide gamers equivalent to his 1996 vice-captain Aravinda de Silva, in addition to Mahela Jayawardene and Marvan Atapattu, had been among the many finest batting coaches on this planet.

Whereas the 57-year-old didn’t identify any overseas coaches, the group is presently coached by South African Mickey Arthur.

Ranatunga was marking the silver jubilee of the 1996 victory at a nationwide ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The nation’s governing physique final month employed Tom Moody, an Australian former Check participant who coached Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2007, as a marketing consultant tasked with reviving the sport and rebuilding the nationwide group.

Different former overseas coaches included Bruce Yardley, John Dyson, Paul Farbrace, Graham Ford and Geoff Marsh.

The World Cup-winning coach in 1996 was Sri Lankan-born Australian Dav Whatmore.

Former nationwide Check star Chandika Hathurusingha coached Sri Lanka from 2018 to 2019, however was sacked following the group’s disappointing World Cup exit that yr.

He beforehand coached Bangladesh and is presently assistant coach of state facet New South Wales in Australia.

Ranatunga added that mounting scrutiny lately over cricket corruption in Sri Lanka had painted his nation in a unfavorable gentle.

In 2019, then sports activities minister Harin Fernando launched robust anti-corruption legal guidelines, after saying the Worldwide Cricket Council thought of Sri Lanka probably the most corrupt cricketing nation.

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