I’m sitting at home and watching the 2018 Asia Cup, where Kumar Sangakkara is on air commentating as Sri Lanka play Afghanistan in ODI 3 of the tournament. It’s a huge challenge for Afghanistan as they are new to international cricket, while also just having received their Test status. For Sri Lanka however, it was a must-win game really, after having lost the tournament opener to Bangladesh.
So while hearing Sangakkara comment on air, I can’t help to feel sad about how Sri Lanka Cricket has slid so badly over the last couple of years. What is it? Change of personnel? Lack of confidence? Or the talent not being managed properly? We have no idea, but Sri Lanka is rapidly going down in international cricket, so much so that it’s shameful for them at the moment.
No disrespect to those two countries, but there’s a lot to be done for Sri Lanka as they walk out of this 2018 Asia Cup, losing today to Afghanistan by 91 runs. Yes, the latter did play well but you can’t help but notice how the Sri Lankan batsmen made far too many rookie mistakes. Giving away wickets. I hated to hear Sangakkara saying “That’s the final nail in the coffin for Sri Lanka,” when Rashid Khan picked up Lasith Malinga LBW for 1. Man of the Match: Rahmat Shah
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