Can Sri Lanka form an invincible cricket team?
Officially our national game is Volleyball. But among the public,
cricket has become the national and most popular game. If you ask a
hundred people who is the Sri Lanka cricket captain, practically all
will give the correct answer.
But if you question a hundred people who is the Sri Lanka Volleyball
captain, many will not know the answer. So king cricket has become the
most prestigious game in our country. Therefore we need a very strong
and talented cricket team to match any other country and to keep our Sri
Lanka flag flying. Here I am going to suggest how to form a solid team.
I am sure that all will agree that the Sri Lanka Cricket Interim
Committee has to take a bold initiative. If they do not take the first
step our suggestions will be in vain.
Hoping that the authorities are prepared to implement my suggestions
I put forward the following.
The cricket Interim Committee should form a cricket academy in every
Province. Then there will be nine academies in Sri Lanka. In each
academy there should be an under 23 pool consisting of 25 players. They
could practice and improve their talents right through the year. The CIC
can appoint two coaches to each academy. Every year they could play an
inter-academy tournament. The best players who are out of school, could
be brought to these academies.
As I suggested in my earlier articles there could be two main pools
in Colombo to select the national team and the 'A' team.
The very best players from Provincial academies could be sent to one
of these pools. If you operate this system you will have the cream of
the national pool and the A pool from which to select the best Sri
Lankan cricket teams.
The players will have to work hard to reach the national pool. By
doing so every player has to prove his worth to get a place either in
the A team or the national team.
Then national players will know there is so much of young blood
knocking at the door to enter the team. So they will work hard to
improve their talents and deliver the goods. If not others will taken
Every player knows there are no short cuts to enter the national
team. Talent and hard work will bring any player to the Sri Lanka team.
Also to remain there he has to show his worth right through. If not
others will get into his shoes.
The two main pools could be handled by four coaches. Two for the
national pool and the other two for the A pool. If you work out a plan
this way then there will be no need of a selection committee. These four
coaches can be the selection committee.These four coaches can be the
selectors for the national team and the A team. If you want you could
appoint another to advise them. Those coaches see them right though and
they know the performance of the players.They are able to select a good
and solid team.
As far as I am concerned I have not suggested something impractical.
It is left to our CIC to do the needful and put Sri Lanka cricket on
the world map. If you harness young blood the way I have proposed, then
Sri Lanka will have a very formidable side all the time.