Sri Lanka selectors resign en masse after India debacle

Henrietta Brewer
August 30, 2017

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will become only the sixth Indian player to play 300 one-day internationals on Thursday as India take on Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day global in Colombo.

His hauls may be lighter of late, and his pace may have diminished, but Sri Lanka's acting captain Lasith Malinga remains defiant as ever of criticism, and has no plans to quit.

The Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that Malinga would captain the team in Colombo this week, two months after being fined and handed suspension for comments he made following the ICC Champions Trophy in June, reported.

"The heartbreaking incidents of unruly behaviour we witnessed at Pallekele last Sunday were the last straw for us", they said in a statement Wednesday explaining their decision to quit. It seems like Ranatunga wanted to justify the spectators' outrage against their struggling team by comparing them to what happened at Cuttack during 1996 World Cup Semi-final between India and Sri Lanka. "People think we are not top of the table, but I feel we can change that", said Malinga at the match-eve press conference.

"As a bowler, I've not been able to get wickets in the last couple of series", Malinga said.

"There's no shortage of talent and skill in our team, but there is a shortcoming in how we execute that".

He said Sri Lanka wants to develop the Indian Ocean to be an area where peace will prevail and all the neighboring countries will profit from the region. They look at every single one of my body movements and my bowling action, and how I swing the ball.

India External Affairs Minister arrives in Sri Lanka to participate in Indian Ocean Conference Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 08:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka are now ranked seventh in the world in test cricket and eighth in the 50 and 20-over formats, in both of which they have won World Cups.

On August 24 Sri Lankan players had to remain inside the dressing room until police cleared hostile crowds after the team lost the second ODI by three wickets.

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