COLOMBO: Former World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga slammed Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday, accusing it of hiring “rubbish” foreign coaches whereas ignoring local talent.
Sri Lanka gained the World Cup as soon as — in 1996 — and had been runners-up to Australia and India in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
In the latest match in 2019, they didn’t make it out of the group phases.
“We spend large quantities to import rubbish coaches,” Ranatunga stated, including that the foreign imports had been partly accountable for the low rating of the nationwide crew in all codecs of the sport.
“There is nice (teaching) talent within the nation, however they’re going overseas as a result of there is no such thing as a recognition for them at residence.”
Ranatunga stated former nationwide gamers reminiscent of his 1996 vice-captain Aravinda de Silva, in addition to Mahela Jayawardene and Marvan Atapattu, had been among the many greatest batting coaches on the earth.
While the 57-year-old didn’t title any foreign coaches, the crew is at the moment coached by South African Mickey Arthur.
Ranatunga was marking the silver jubilee of the 1996 victory at a nationwide ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The nation’s governing physique final month employed Tom Moody, an Australian former Test participant who coached Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2007, as a marketing consultant tasked with reviving the sport and rebuilding the nationwide crew.
Other former foreign coaches included Bruce Yardley, John Dyson, Paul Farbrace, Graham Ford and Geoff Marsh.
The World Cup-winning coach in 1996 was Sri Lankan-born Australian Dav Whatmore.
Former nationwide Test star Chandika Hathurusingha coached Sri Lanka from 2018 to 2019, however was sacked following the crew’s disappointing World Cup exit that 12 months.
He beforehand coached Bangladesh and is at the moment assistant coach of state facet New South Wales in Australia.
Ranatunga added that mounting scrutiny in recent times over cricket corruption in Sri Lanka had painted his nation in a unfavourable gentle.
In 2019, then sports activities minister Harin Fernando launched powerful anti-corruption legal guidelines, after saying the International Cricket Council thought of Sri Lanka probably the most corrupt cricketing nation.