Former veteran player and captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who won the 1996 World Cup to Sri Lanka under his captaincy, has given a very strange statement about India’s tour of Sri Lanka. Actually, Ranatunga says that India has sent its second-class team on the tour of Sri Lanka and it is an insult to Sri Lankan cricket.
Arjuna Ranatunga has strongly criticized his country’s cricket board for hosting a ‘second-class Indian team’ for the limited overs series this month, saying it was nothing short of an insult. Let us tell you that a series of three ODIs and as many T20 International matches will be played between India and Sri Lanka from July 13.
India has sent a less experienced team led by Shikhar Dhawan to Sri Lanka with skipper Virat Kohli and limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma on a tour of England for the upcoming Test series. There are six players in this who have not played an international match.
Ranatunga, a former captain who was a minister in the Sri Lankan government until two years ago, told reporters at his home, “This is a second-class Indian team and their coming here is an insult to our cricket. I am with them to meet the television marketing needs.” I blame the present administration for agreeing to play.”
The captain of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team further said, “India has sent its best team to England and sent the weak team here. I blame the board for this.”
Let us tell you that the Indian team has completed its mandatory three-day quarantine in Sri Lanka. The tour will begin on July 13 with the first ODI. Shikhar Dhawan is the captain of this team and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the vice-captain. At the same time former Indian captain and currently the head of the National Cricket Academy, Rahul Dravid is the head coach of the team.