Muralitharan: Politicians have left Sri Lankan cricket in a mess

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Muttiah Muralitharan: “To tell you the truth Sri Lankan cricket is currently in a mess”

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Legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has blamed politicians for the shambolic state of cricket in the country.

Sri Lanka’s most recent competition was the Nidahas Trophy, which was a T20 tri-series they hosted in honour of their 70th year of independence.

With India and Bangladesh being the two other teams participating in the tournament, Sri Lanka started on a high as they beat India. However, they went on to lose the remainder of their matches.

Sri Lanka lost twice to Bangladesh, including in the crucial match that acted as a semi-final. As a result, they were eliminated and India went on to win the Nidahas Trophy after narrowly beating Bangladesh in the final.

Muralitharan also lashed out at the five-man selection committee, which is headed by Graeme Labrooy, for “chopping and changing” the squad far too often.

“To tell you the truth Sri Lankan cricket is currently in a mess,” Muralitharan told The Economic Times. “Politicians have taken over the running of the game and with little or no knowledge of the game they are destroying the institution with every passing day.

“Cricket is all about confidence. Giving the players the confidence to perform. Making them feel great when they wear Sri Lankan colours. I did not become a champion bowler in one day. For 4-5 years, Arjuna kept giving me the confidence. That’s how I became who I am.

“Now every time a batsman goes out to bat he is told you have to score or else we will bench you. The same is true for bowlers. In the last one year Sri Lanka has fielded some 60 players across all formats. 60 players in one year!

“This is irrational and tells you there is no vision how the game should be run. Such frequent chopping and changing will only end up destroying the game further.”

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