Sanga unhappy with playing condition in England
Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara is disappointed with the variations in wickets at different venues in England, where the 2019 edition of the ICC World Cup is underway and matches are also being affected due to rain.
A number of games have been hit by rains so far in the showpiece event, which might also be a factor behind the different wickets across venues.
Expressing his disappointment, Sangakkara worte in his coloumn for Times of India: “Uniform neutral pitches are a key requirement for a global tournament like this and that has unfortunately not always been the case. Sides have to adjust, but the disgruntled murmurs emanating from some team camps can be understood.”
“It’s a shame that its not practical to cover the entire playing area like is the norm in Sri Lanka. That effort requires huge manpower but it has become something of an artform for us and helps protect cricket from some of the monsoonal downpours we have to contend with,” he added.
The 41-year-old also seemed upset with the drainage system and said that it too varied from venue to venue.
“It’s obvious that drainage efficiency in the different venues varies greatly. In Bristol, we saw the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka being called off in sunshine due to wet patches on the outfield while the match between England and West Indies in Southampton was played despite heavy rain throughout the week,” he observed.
(The New Indian Express)
Yes when you cant dance put the blame on the floor.
Mate, are you not the Chairman of the MCC in UK?
Time to commence a cricket reform process there, my dear, Sri Lankan style!!
Do you realise that there are 6 ‘dead men walking’ in SL Cricket Team middle order?
Spot on Lalith Amarakoon! Our middle order is dead. Sanga is also correct. but he failed to talk about other facilities including a shabby bus to reach the venue and a hotel with a swimming pool.
there is no such thing as a perfect wicket no more than ideal weathereven with a total cover. Once upon a time batting wickets had a lot grass and most wickets are prepared with almost all the grass is shaved off and pitches are rolled like concrete where even spinners can get a lot of bounce!
Cricket would not have survived thus far if not for the Indians and even with a population of 1.od population manges to field only a one team when they ought to fiedld at least four teams compared with the autralians a population of 20 odd million and the Newzealanders even less.
We are dealing with professionals. when sri lanka won the wickets were just as bad. Then sri lankans had a lot of influence in world cricket due to muralidaran and sanath jayasuriya arivinda that inspired the team to do well to producing winning combination and it would be fanatasy to see the likes of them again
most other sports are affected by the weather but we dont see guys Bolt complaining of the track or woods complaining of the greens federer in his old age complians of the heat.
or for that matter footballers or rugby players some guys do get shot when they play badly it is not so bad in sri lanka where only houses get stoned but people have little time for that now with what is going on now.
instead of shedding croc teasr what sangha ought to do is spend resources on building a winning team regardless of the bats wickets and the playing fields.
imagine what would have happened if all sri lankan matches were rained off according to your computation what would have been the fate of our team.
Great Britain’s economy is tottering. Sport is only one minor facet of the economy. The Brits are more worried about Megan’s new baby than about shabby busses for cricketers from a third world country.
Anyway, hope the 6 middle order ‘dead men walking’ in the team are not relating their miserably consistent performance to the shabby bus and the swimming pool.
Unless we have the courage to rid SL Cricket of the powerful mafia, SL Cricket will continue to be a bastard.
Where is Hathuru the Kathuru? Busy clocking AUD’s ??
Sanga is a reliable, intelligent guy who will focus on the essentials, rather than the minor eg swimming pool.
It is good to air concerns in a dignified manner if one is to be taken seriously.
Let’s leave it to Sanga to address the issues.
He is well-respected here and abroad with good reason.
Mr . SandunW, It is not about the Swimming Pool. Treating all the teams in an equal manner. Even there are complaints about they provided. Sangha does not have any official status to address this (Am I missing some thing here?) Manager of the Team Asantha de Mel already raised the issue.