Sri Lankan media criticizes the team after World T20 performance

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Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews walks from the field after they lost to England by 10 runs in their ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match at the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium in New Delhi, India, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (AP Photo /Tsering Topgyal)

The defending World T20 champions, Sri Lanka were extremely unimpressive during their World T20 campaign in India. Sri Lankan media called for fresh blood to be inducted in the side after being thrashed out of the tournament.

Sri Lanka lost their must-win game against England by 10 runs in a close contest and was eliminated from the tournament. Earlier in Asia Cup, Sri Lanka managed to register just one win and that too against UAE; they lost the other three games against India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

A local newspaper suggested selection crisis as the main reason for such vulnerable performance by the Islanders. Sri Lanka’s selection committee was revamped and their T20 skipper stepped down just before the team was about to leave for India. Former Sri Lankan skipper, Arvinda de Silva became the head of the selection committee.

The local newspaper quoted an unnamed former player, “Where on earth would you find the selected squad changed just hours before its departure to an all important tournament?”

“This I believe had a huge impact on our performance.”

The paper claimed that Sri Lankan team will not be able to create a real impact at the highest level due to the vacuum created by the departure of Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

However, Angelo Mathews has requested Sri Lankan fans and administrators to be patient. Sri Lankan president also came into the act saying, “We’ll come back stronger next time”.

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