India Tour Has Hurt Sri Lanka’s World Cup Preparation : Arjuna Ranatunga


After West Indies cricketers didn’t complete their full tour in India due to some pay dispute with their own board,a Sri Lanka tour was hurriedly arranged. And now World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the Board’s administrators are responsible for the fiasco which has disturbed the team’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 preparations as well. Sri Lanka are down 0-4 in the five-match series, which was hurriedly arranged after West Indies cricketers pulled out of India due to a pay dispute with their Board.

He said,”In trying to please India they have taken Sri Lanka Cricket into a depressing situation.Jayasuriya (Chairman of selectors,Sri Lanka Cricket Board) and Atapattu (coach,Sri Lanka National Cricket team) made us believe that the Indian tour would come in good stead for our World Cup preparations.This has been proved false now. We were aware that the Sri Lanka team was attending a fitness programme when the decision was made to go on the Indian tour. These are the results of poor planning.”

But it was Ranatunga’s younger brother, Nishantha, the SLC Secretary, who was accused of arbitrarily agreeing for the tour after the pullout of the West Indians. Nishantha Ranatunga defended his decision saying the SLC’s executive committee had backed him in the decision.