Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has strongly criticized his country’s cricket board for hosting a “second-class” Indian team. He said it was nothing short of an insult. Sri Lanka is going to host the ‘Indian team’ for the limited overs series to be held later this month.
A series of three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals will be played between India and Sri Lanka from July 13. India have sent a less experienced side led by Shikhar Dhawan to Sri Lanka with skipper Virat Kohli and limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma on a tour of England for the upcoming Test series. There are six players in this group who have not played an international match.
Former captain Arjun Ranatunga, who was a minister in the government till two years ago, told reporters at his residence, “This is a second-class Indian team and their coming here is an insult to our cricket.” I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them to meet the needs of television marketing.
The captain of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team Arjuna Ranatunga said, ‘India has sent its best team to England and the weak team has been sent here. I blame the board for this.
The Indian team has just completed the mandatory isolation and will play the first ODI on July 13. Former Indian captain and currently the head of the National Cricket Academy, Rahul Dravid is the head coach of the team.