New trainer and physio for national cricket team
Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) is expected to get new trainer and physiotherapist for the National team to focus on next year National team assignments . SLC Chief Executive officer Ashley de Silva has confirmed National team Trainer Grant Ludan and Physiotherapist Chris Clarke have already resigned form their respective posts after recently concluded ICC world cup cricket tournament held in India.
Both of them had to complete two year contract period which has to conclude next January but both of them handed over their resignation due to personal reasons .The CEO also said before completing contract period they have gone and SLC is looking to get new Trainer and Physiotherapist for the National team.We wanted to call interview and select suitable persons for the vacated posts but we have not decided they are either foreign or the local supporting staff members.This has to be decided after discussion with Exco committee.
After the disappointed performance of National team at the recent World Cup SLC have not decided what are the changes for the National team .There is a rumour about changing selection committee and supporting staff members but it has not yet been finalised
Meanwhile the High Performance Head Tim McCaskill from Australia and Foreign supporting staff members with the National team were highly criticized after the World Cup and an argument between Local coaches and foreign coaches who work with National team took place at the R.Premadasa stadium MAX Academy and after this argument the two coaches decided to resign from their posts .However Anton Roux from South Africa fielding coach and head coach Chris Silverwood will continue while Assistant coach Naveed Nawaz,spin coach Piyal Wijetunga ,fast bowling coach Dharshana Gamage are still with the National team.
Busy schedule for Sri Lanka team
Sri Lanka Cricket team has busy schedule next year starting with Zimbabwe ODI three match series at Pallekele and three T-20 matches at Dambulla in January followed by Afghanistan series one test ,three ODI’’ s and three T-20 ‘ s January/ February both hosted by Sri Lanka and then Bangladesh match series 2 tests ,3 ODI ‘ s 3 T-20 ‘ s in Bangladesh in February/March. After this series next June / July I CC T – 20 world cup in USA and West Indies. India team will travel to Sri Lanka next July for three ODI’’ s and 3 T-20’ s and three test series against England in England next August / September.
Meanwhile New Zealand team will tour Sri Lanka for two test matches next September and West Indies team will arrive here for 3 ODI and 3 T-20 ‘ s in October.Once again New Zealand team will tour here next November for 3 ODI and 3 T-20’ s and Sri Lanka team will tour South Africa in November/ December for two test matches next year. 2024 December and 2025 January Sri Lanka team is scheduled to leave for New Zealand for 3 ODI’ s and 3 T-20’ s .
Sri Lanka cricket not given permission to the fast bowlers for ongoing franchise cricket tournaments and this is mainly to focus on National team schedule as fast bowlers easily get injured with their heavy workload .In addition after this three day major clubs tournaments SLCwill conduct National Super League ( NSL) cricket tournament which is the highest domestic tournament.
The provincial selection committee has decided to select players for NSL based on the performance of Major clubs cricket tournament
SLC suspension may be removed very soon
SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said they hope ICC will remove suspension very soon to continue this schedule.Despite this suspension there aren’t any obstruction to play the scheduled matches and SLC tour organizing committee and Exco committee are really planning this cricket series .
Meanwhile SLC also expected to host ICC Annual Meeting in Sri Lanka next June and SLC Exco committee hope to get green light from ICC .
Sports Minister says under 19 world cup is big loss
We have missed good opportunity to host ICC under 19 world cup which is scheduled to be held in January and February and due to this suspension that is moved to South Africa.However Sri Lanka earlier planned to conduct this tournament and ICC spent some money to arrange this under 19 world cup and due to hosting change to South Africa SLC had to return that money to ICC.
We missed that great opportunity and lost more than 600 million Dollars for hotel accommodation and transport and that is a very big loss for Sri Lanka said new Sports Minister Harin Fernando. now we are unlikely to get the hosting rights Sports Minister.is hoping at least ICC Annual Meeting could be hosted by Sri Lanka next year