Jayasuriya believes younger players have to learn to make their own decisions
Former Sri Lanka captain and current chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has revealed that the Sri Lankan public absolutely hate it when younger talents participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Jayasuriya explained that the public don’t want younger players to have an aggressive mentality at all times since it hurts the national team during Test matches, but the former skipper noted that it was up to the players to make their own decisions.
“However, inexperienced cricketers playing in IPL is in fact good,” Jayasuriya said. “But it is left to individual player’s discretion which of the two games is better for him.”
Jayasuriya also noted that Angelo Mathews had been handed the captaincy since he wanted the Sri Lankan team to experience a pleasant transition period before many of the senior players in the squad retire.
“We have picked up some young players and also appointed Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal as captain and vice-captain for smoother transition of the team,” he said. “We need to get youngsters groomed by playing alongside senior players, before they quit.
“In few years time, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene will not be there on the scene.”
The former captain blamed Sri Lanka’s poor overseas record to the fact that they pay too little attention to Test cricket and added that they desperately need to work on their bowling since conditions in other countries may be very different to conditions at home.
“There is a need to concentrate more on Test cricket and strengthen the bowling department,” he said.