The Sri Lankan cricket team have not been through the best of times yet, as their controversies off the pitch and performance on the pitch have left their former cricketers worried. Sri Lanka are currently on the verge of a total whitewash against England as they have already lost the T20I series 3-0 and are down 2-0 in the ODI. And things are unlikely to get any better as a second-string team could play at home against India.
The reason Sri Lanka are expected to field a second division squad is due to players’ reluctance to sign the contracts. The national team had previously disagreed before the England tour over central contracts due to lack of transparency in pay scales. But the series unfolded without the cricketers signing it. However, chief coach Pramodya Wickramasinghe has said the players must sign the contracts to be eligible for selection in the next series.
Nevertheless, five players from Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara and Kasun Rajitha have already refused to sign him. Captain Kusal Perera had signed the declaration before going to the UK; However, it might not work on this occasion. India and Sri Lanka will face off in three ODIs and as many T20Is in Colombo from July 13.
We will name the squad after third ODI v England: Sri Lanka chief coach
Pramodya Wickramasinghe has revealed that the players currently in action will be considered for selection against India. In addition, they will choose the players who will represent Sri Lanka against India after the third and final ODI against England.
“These players are currently training and playing games and we will consider them for selection for the Indian series. We still haven’t selected the team for the series with India, we will do so after Sunday’s third and final ODI against England ”, Wickramasinghe was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has already caused a stir in India by appointing a second-tier side to face Sri Lanka. As top Indian cricketers in England prepared for the five-test round, the selectors picked up many new faces. The World Cup-winning skipper thinks it’s an insult to Sri Lankan cricket and has slammed the board for agreeing to a streak.
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