Cricket in shambles - Akila reported, Captain injured, Manager resigns

Cricket in shambles – Akila reported, Captain injured, Manager resigns

Sri Lankan cricket is in total shambles as a series of events following the first Test against England in Galle has dented the team’s confidence lead up to the second Test in Kandy.

The ongoing investigations into corruption in Sri Lankan cricket has dwelt a bitter blow to the reputation of the country with the names of several young player circulated in cricketing circles. Yesterday the national cricket team received a triple blow and there are too many distractions as Sri Lanka look to square the three match series having suffered a heavy 211 run loss in Galle.

Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was the big hope for Sri Lanka with Rangana Herath quitting the game, but the International Cricket Council yesterday confirmed that the match officials’ report handed over to the Sri Lankan management cited concerns about the legality of the off-spinner’s bowling action.

Dananjaya is free to play the second Test but will be unavailable for the final game at SSC starting on the 23rd of November as he is required to undergo testing within 14 days of being reported. Dananjaya is expected to travel to Madras for testing. He is the latest Sri Lankan to get into trouble with a suspect bowling action with Sachithra Senanayake and Tharindu Kaushal being the others.

Although the ICC didn’t specify, it is believed that Dananjaya’s doosra had been singled out by match officials. Dananjaya bowled 38.5 overs during the Galle Test but failed to make an impact.

Sri Lanka’s woes were further compounded with the news that captain Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out for two weeks with a groin strain.

Chandimal didn’t field during England’s second innings in Galle and struggled while batting. He could miss both the remaining Tests due to the injury. This has been a woeful year for the man who scored over 1000 runs in Test cricket last year. First he was suspended for a slow rate in March. Then he received another heavy suspension by the ICC for ball tampering and bringing the game into disrepute as he served a ban of three Test matches and four ODIs. Then he missed the Asia Cup with a finger injury and now the groin strain has confined him to the dressing room.

Richmond College’s Charith Asalanka comes in as Chandimal’s replacement. Medium paceman Suranga Lakmal has been named as captain.

SLC announced yesterday that Sri Lanka team manager Charith Senanayake has stepped down from his post due to personal reasons. Jeryl Woutersz has been named as replacement. (by Rex Clementine)